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Durham University

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A key purpose of the Durham AUA branch is to share practice and knowledge between AUA members (and colleagues) at the University. With this mind, colleagues who have attended Durham and AUA events have provided their reflections on their experiences. Colleagues have also noted the key professional behaviours they demonstrated, or developed, by attending and engaging with these events.

Reflections on AUA Conference and Exhibition 2016

The AUA Conference is one of the biggest conferences in the HE sector and this year over 650 delegates attended. Colleagues from across the sector come together to share knowledge network and develop their personal and professional skills. 126 individual universities from 13 different countries attended the three day conference, held in Leeds, Royal Armories. (March 21-23 March, Leeds).

This year’s theme for #AUA2016 was Creativity, Collaboration and Complexity and was chosen to explore the challenges the HE sector, and those working within it, might expect from a majority Conservative government. The working sessions were designed to inspire and celebrate as well as challenge and provoke, prompting important discussions and debate. Not only this, but the AUA Conference exists to share the initiative and creative practice of HE professionals and institutions across the globe. The AUA Awards (and Gala Dinner) are a particular highlight of the event as the sector recognises the work that colleagues do in their institutions to support others in their professional development.

Where possible, the AUA have shared the presentations/videos from the Conference on the website and are available here

Reflections on the Introduction to Higher Education: A toolkit for new professionals

The AUA “Introduction into Higher Education Event” provides an overview of the UK higher education sector. Whether you’re new to working in HE or moving roles, or seeking to gain more information on the changes and challenges facing the section, there is bound to be something of interest in this programme. There is a strong emphasis on understanding how a range of social, political, economic and academic considerations impact on the sector, and delegates are encouraged to think about how their own role and institution contributes to and is influenced by these factors. The second day of the event A toolkit for new professionals” event covers many transferable and time-saving skills to assist your career development. This is a practical, hands-on workshop and delegates will become more familiar with the AUA CPD Framework and how it can used to support reflection and the development and enhancement of professional skills.