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Why should I join AHEP?

Joining your professional association makes a statement.  It says you are an engaged HE professional and demonstrates a commitment to your career development. It also does so much for you.  It connects you to a wider community of like-minded professionals and opens up opportunities that will broaden, support and encourage your professional interests and development.

Your Membership Benefits:


Our members are connected. Through us you can link with a variety of networks at a national and local level, and make connections with colleagues working in all areas of HE and at every stage of the profession to share knowledge and experience.

Professional recognition: 

As an AHEP member you are demonstrating your commitment to the sector and your career in HE. Your post-nominal letters show others you are an engaged higher education professional and an active member of AHEP.

The Professional Framework: 

The AHEP Professional Framework is a versatile tool that supports the development of HE professionals. Based on professional behaviours rather than skills or competencies, it works on an organisational and individual level, across all roles in HE.

AHEP Mentoring: 

Our mentoring programme is an opportunity for our members to use a mentoring relationship to empower their career journeys, improve their professional practice and support their professional development.  As the largest association of HE professionals in the UK, with members in roles covering the full-breadth of professional services, the AHEP is uniquely positioned to offer this national scheme.

Qualifications and training:  

We offer a formal qualification designed specifically for HE professionals. Gain an academic award by studying our Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership.


Professional development comes in many guises at the AHEP. We offer a range of volunteer opportunities which help broaden your experiences beyond your immediate professional context – from presenting at one of our conferences, to mentoring, to joining a short life working group; there are lots of ways to get involved.

Exclusive experiences: 

Our AHEP Annual Lecture featuring high profile speakers and experts from across the sector, open exclusively to AHEP members.

Global opportunities: 

Our annual study tour gives you the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the globe and experience higher education in another country, or you could find yourself representing AHEP at an international conference supported by a bursary.

Events and conferences: 

Our programme of learning and development offers a series of conferences and events on a range of HE topics and skills to enhance your knowledge and practice. And if you miss out on some of our webinars, we also have a dedicated resources page available only to our members with access to webinar recordings and related articles.

An enhanced web experience:  

As a member you can unlock the website to access an enhanced site which is personal to you.  You can securely update your membership details, tell us about your interests, make connections and log and record your CPD. And while you’re there you can visit our interactive forums, to share best practice and find out what everyone is talking about.

Resources and publications: 

We publish blogs, articles, career stories and all our latest news on the website. As a member, we invite you to write for us – boosting your professional identity and development. We have strong links to Perspectives, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that shares advice and expertise for HE professionals.


As a member you can take advantage of discounted rates to all of our events, including our flagship Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Tax relief:

AHEP Membership subscriptions are fully allowable for those employed in the sector as a deduction from taxable income under Section 201 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

This template can be submitted to HMRC if you do not complete a tax return form. If you submit a tax return then your AHEP subscriptions can be listed as a tax-deductible expense.

More information on how to claim tax relief on your subscription is available on the HMRC website.