About the AUA


AUA was formed from a merger of the Association of Polytechnic Administrators (APA) and the Conference of University Administrators (CUA). CUA can trace its history back to the Meeting of University Academic Administrative Staff, founded in 1961.

The Association has around 4,500 members in the UK and worldwide, with 150 associated branches based in universities, higher education colleges and HE-related bodies.

The AUA National office is at the University of Manchester. AUA's current Honorary President is Ruth Farwell. Tessa Harrison is the Chair for 2014-16.

AUA is committed to

  • promoting excellence in higher education management through our professional development scheme, annual conference, specific training events and publications;
  • advancing a code of professional standards;
  • providing information networks through newsletters, e-bulletins and personal networking;
  • developing international links with appropriate organisations and with individuals;
  • enhancing the profile of the profession nationally and internationally.

AUA Values

The AUA exists to advance and promote the professional recognition and development of all who work in professional services roles in higher education, and to be an authoritative advocate and champion for the sector.

AUA members are individually and collectively committed to:

  • the continuous development of their own and others' professional knowledge, skills and practices;
  • actively championing equality of educational and professional opportunity;
  • the advancement of higher education through the robust application of professional knowledge, skills and practices;
  • the highest standards of fair, ethical and transparent professional behaviour.



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