UCL Association University Administrators (AUA)


Benefits of Membership

Joining AUA will help your career in HE by keeping you informed of current issues and providing opportunities for your professional development and the sharing of best practice.

Opportunities to network with over 4,000 higher education professionals through conference, regional activities and increasingly, electronic means will ensure that you are never isolated from your colleagues and can share information and expertise.

Membership offers the opportunity to look beyond your own institution and gain understanding of the key issues and new ideas in HE management, nationally and internationally. There are also opportunities for you to influence those ideas yourself. If you want to be challenged by looking at the wider agenda in the sector, beyond your own specialism, then you will find AUA meets your needs.

Receive free publications

  • Perspectives, the quarterly international journal
  • Newslink, the quarterly newsletter
  • Good practice guides

Attend free national events

  • Annual lectures, presented by high profile speakers
  • Mentor training, for mentors supporting AUA's Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice

Participate in branch, regional and national events

The AUA at UCL organise local events that all members are welcome to attend. There are also many regional and national events, such as the annual AUA Conference, that will help members develop their career in HE and provide opportunities to meet AUA members from other institutions. Dates and details of current events and activities can be accessed via the Diary of Events link.

Receive discounts on professional development programme courses

AUA members pay discounted rates when they attend any of the workshops, courses, conferences and seminars that are organised as part of the AUA's professional development programme. Most courses have an "early bird" discounted rate so members can make further savings by booking early. Dates and details of current courses can be accessed via the Seminars and Workshops link.

Join jiscmail lists

As a benefit of membership, you can subscribe free of charge to the following email discussion groups:

  • aua-news, for electronic bulletins including weekly press digest and fortnightly professional development bulletin
  • aua-forum, email list sharing information and best practice

There are also jiscmail lists to aid communication within sub-groups of the organisation (e.g. aua-bc, aua-pgcert) or for specialist interest groups (e.g. aua-deptadmin).

Claim tax relief on your subscription

The AUA subscription, along with that of other professional bodies such as AUT, has been approved for Income Tax relief with effect from 1 April 1993. This applies to UK members who are in employment. Members must pay the full subscription to AUA and claim tax relief from the Inland Revenue. If there are any queries members should refer to the Inland Revenue Head Office Reference: SAPP/T1644/19/1994/JEM. Tax relief can be claimed retrospectively. If you have any queries about completing forms, please contact your local Inland Revenue Office.

Download an example letter to claim tax relief.

Apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in professional practice

Thinking of a qualification in HE? AUA's Postgraduate Certificate is widely recognised and endorsed throughout the sector and beyond. Find out more about this course by selecting the Postgraduate Certificate link.

Save money on publications

Members receive generous discounts on AUA's publications back catalogue. For example, there's 25% off each Good Practice Guide and an even bigger saving if you buy a part-set. Visit the AUA website for full details and an order form.

The information above has been reproduced from national AUA sources.