Association of University Administrators
|Founded||1961 (forerunner to CUA)|
|Origins||Conference of University Administrators, Association of Polytechnic Administrators|
|Key people||Matthew Andrews, Chair
Christopher Hallas, Vice Chair
Alison Johns, President
|Area served||Great Britain and Ireland|
|Motto||Inspiring professionalism in higher education|
The Association of University Administrators (AUA) is the professional body for higher education administrators and managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 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 was formed from a merger of the Association of Polytechnic Administrators (APA) and the Conference of University Administrators (CUA). CUA traced its history back to the Meeting of University Academic Administrative Staff, founded in 1961. AUA celebrated the golden jubilee of the professionalisation of support staff in UK universities in 2011.
AUA members are individually and collectively committed to:
- the continuous development of their own and others' professional knowledge, skills and practices;
- activiely 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.
AUA's annual conference is the largest professional development conference in the UK HE calendar, with plenary and keynote presentations and around 100 working sessions. The 2011 Conference (in AUA's Golden Jubilee Year) was held at the University of Nottingham 18–20 April 2011. The 2012 Conference was held in Manchester, at the University of Manchester, 2–4 April 2012.
AUA provides professional development opportunities for university managers and administrators in the higher education sector. It provides opportunities to help members identify and meet their professional development needs through information services, events and conferences. AUA organises an annual programme of seminars, workshops and conferences.
AUA has developed the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework to support the continuous professional development of all professional services staff working in the sector. The project was a culmination of a highly collaborative 2 year Leadership, Governance and Management (LGM) project, and was jointly funded by AUA, HEFCE, LFHE and the HEA[disambiguation needed]. The framework is a significant milestone in the development of the profession of HE management and administration.
Since the framework was formally launched at the AUA Conference and Exhibition 2009, AUA has been working on plans to support implementation projects across the sector. By working with a small number of pre-pilot early adopting partners the AUA has established the extent to which the Framework can be adapted to a wide variety of organisational context.
The full CPD framework document and supporting online resources are available for use by staff in HE.
The AUA Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice is a portfolio-based scheme validated by the Open University. Achievement of the award demonstrates a knowledge of key areas within the HE sector, transferable skills and evidence of the 'professional journey' undertaken.
Themed networks (formerly Special Interest Groups)
AUA has established a number of themed networks which allow members with similar interests to share good practice and develop their understanding of specific areas of HE policy and practice.
AUA also have a number of established working groups which meet together to organise events or discuss key issues and exchange best practice, including the Planning Forum and the Equality Advisory Group.
The AUA has strong links with similar organisations and individuals worldwide. Members can also apply for Travel Awards of up £1,000 to undertake small research visits to countries outside of the UK and Ireland. In additiona, the AUA organises an annual Study Tour, which involves a group of ten members of the AUA undertaking a two-week fact finding visit. Recent Study Tours have visited New Zealand, India, Brazil, and Japan. These and other international activities are organised by the International HIgher Education Network, one of the specialist themed networks within the AUA, and co-funded by AHUA.
Members receive free of charge the AUA's quarterly journal, Perspectives; quarterly newsletter, Newslink, and each new title in the Good Practice Guide series.
AUA's online services include a number of email discussion groups: aua-news, for electronic bulletins including weekly press digest and fortnightly professional development bulletin; and aua-forum, email list for sharing information and best practice. AUA also has Jisc mailing lists, jiscmail, to aid communication within sub-groups of the organisation (e.g. aua-bc, aua-pgcert) and for special interest groups (e.g. aua-deptadmin). It has an online jobs noticeboard.