About Us

The Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) is the representative body for senior University managers (Registrars, Chief Operating Officers, Heads of Administration) in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The AHUA has 190 members from 140 institutions and is managed by an elected Executive Committee.

The AHUA aims to represent the collective views of members on key issues and policies to the higher education (HE) sector, government and other stakeholders. It also brings together members to exchange information, share knowledge and experience, and to develop colleagues who aim to fill senior roles in HE administration.

Our national sponsors are Mills & Reeve, Anderson Strathern and Carson McDowell.

FAQs

How much does it cost to join AHUA?
The annual membership fee is £1,450 per institution. This allows two members of staff at the appropriate level to benefit from AHUA services and attend our events and conferences. A membership application form can be downloaded here.
How often are regional meetings held?
Each of AHUA’s five regions holds meetings three or four times a year. For information about the dates of future meetings, see the Regional Groups pages.
I’ve heard that AHUA members can join the FDA (union for senior civil servants). Is this the case?
AHUA has brokered an agreement with the FDA for AHUA members to join the organisation. The FDA will provide advice/representation and public relations advice to members. For obvious reasons, it has not been asked to undertake collective bargaining, but there is the facility for it to represent the collective interests of members who might be affected by a particular policy proposal. Contact www.fda.org.uk
What’s the best way to contact other AHUA members?
AHUA has a members only Forum. This is a secure system where messages can only be viewed by members. (See Forums under the Membership tab in the Members’ Area of the site). You can also view all members’ contact details. In addition, you can request an Excel file of AHUA members’ details from the AHUA office.

The Executive

The Executive Committee consists of:

  • five Officers
  • five Regional Convenors
  • up to five elected members
  • up to four co-opted members (including the organiser of the next conference)
  • a representative of the Committee of University Chairs

All posts are held for three years except for the conference organiser.

The Officers are:

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Lee Sanders

Chair

Registrar and Secretary

University of Birmingham

Nicola Owen

Deputy Chair

Chief Administrative Officer

Lancaster University

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David Duncan

Deputy Chair (Devolved Regions)

Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary

University of Glasgow

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Dave Hall

Honorary Secretary

Registrar and Chief Operating Officer

University of Leicester

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Sophie Bowen

Honorary Treasurer

Chief Operating Officer

Middlesex University

The Board

Name
AHUA Role
Employer Institution
Job Role
Ian Callaghan
Regional Convenor for AHUA London
University of East Anglia
Chief Resource Officer and Secretary
Matthew Andrews
Regional Convenor for AHUA South
University of Gloucestershire
University Secretary and Registrar
June Hughes
Regional Convenor for AHUA Midlands
University of Derby
University Secretary and Registrar
Jeannette Strachan
Regional Convenor for AHUA North
University of Hull
Registrar and Secretary
Jim Mcgeorge
Regional Convenor for Scottish Secretaries' Group
University of Dundee
University Secretary
Paul Greatrix
Elected Member
University of Nottingham
Registrar
Helen Galbraith
Elected Member
Keele University
University Secretary
Brendan Casey
Elected Member
Oxford Brookes University
Registrar and Chief Operating Officer
Mike Shore-nye
Elected Member
University of Exeter
Registrar and Secretary
Rachel Sandby-thomas
Elected Member
University of Warwick
Registrar
John Rushforth
Representative
CUC
Executive Secretary
Niamh Lamond
Co-opted Member
Chief Operating Officer
Ulster University
John Hogan
Co-opted Member
Newcastle University
Registrar

Our partnerships

AHUA has partnerships with a range of organisations, influencing key issues across the sector.