Member Benefits

There are many reasons to join the AUA. Here we’ve listed a few that came straight from the mouths of our members, and you can use these to help you recruit new members:


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

Professional recognition

As an AUA member your post-nominal letters demonstrate you are an engaged higher education professional and an active member of the AUA.


Professional development comes in many guises at the AUA. As a member, you can study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership and gain experience by getting involved with the Association as a volunteer.


Our accreditation scheme provides a clear pathway for you to take your career further and become an Accredited Member or Fellow of the AUA.

Exclusive experiences

Such as the Annual Lecture open just to AUA members.

Global opportunities

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

Events and conferences

To support your professional development and practice, we provide a series of conferences and events throughout the year on a range of HE topics.


Perspectives is our quarterly peer-reviewed professional journal that shares ideas to enhance the practical aspects of higher education management and administration and furthers your knowledge and understanding of influences and developments in the sector.  Newslink keeps you updated on what’s happening in the AUA community three times a year, including professional development opportunities, events, sector and colleague news.

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.


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

Tax relief

AUA 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.

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