Join a diverse community of more than 2,000 higher education professionals based in the UK and overseas to supercharge your HE career.

We welcome everyone who is an existing or aspiring HE professional, no matter which stage of your career you’re at, or what profession or educational background you’ve come from. We truly value the contribution that each member makes.


As well as receiving professional recognition, you’ll be able to access training and qualifications, mentoring, and networking and collaboration opportunities to support you in your career in this thriving and varied sector.

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 others about your interests, make connections, and log and record your continuing professional development.

While you’re there, you can visit interactive forums to share best practice and find out what everyone is talking about.

Connect and develop


Link in with colleagues working in all areas of HE and at every stage of their career to share knowledge and experience.


Stay up-to-date on the trends, challenges and opportunities that impact you.


Get the training and qualifications you need to keep ahead of the demands your work makes of you.


Receive discounts, offers and exclusive access as you progress through the membership levels.


Be part of a unique HE community that has a common purpose and pride in what we do.


Demonstrate your commitment to the sector. Your digital badge and post-nominal letters show you're an engaged HE professional.

8 reasons to join AHEP

From access to an online member community to digital badging and exclusive partner discounts. AHEP membership provides exceptional benefits for those working in higher education professional services.

1. Online member community
Communicating with fellow members is easy thanks to our professional hub. Seek ideas and support, and share your knowledge and experience. It’s the best way for HE professionals to network online – from the office, home or on the go.

2. Qualifications
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.

3. Digital badge and post-nominal letters
Demonstrate your talent and commitment with a digital badge that can be used across your social media channels, email signature and personal website showcasing your training and qualifications, as well as your membership status. Similarly, your post-nominal letters highlight that you are an engaged HE professional and an active member of AHEP.

4. Professional Framework
The AHEP Professional Framework places your career enhancement at the heart of AHEP membership. Enabling you to take control of your professional development, the Professional Framework is a reflective tool to help you assess your strengths and areas for development and design your own interventions. Using the Framework to support your reflective practice will enable you to grow, both personally and professionally.

5. Mentoring
Our programme is an opportunity for you as a member to use a mentoring relationship to empower your career journey, improve your professional practice and support your professional development. As the largest association of HE professionals in the UK, with members in roles covering the full-breadth of professional services, we are uniquely positioned to offer this national scheme.

6. Events and conferences
Our programme of learning and development includes our Annual Conference and Exhibition, and a series of workshops and webinars on a range of HE topics and skills to enhance your knowledge and practice. If you miss out on some of our webinars, we have a dedicated digital resources page available only to our members with access to webinar recordings and related articles. Our Annual Lecture features high-profile speakers and experts from across the sector and is open exclusively to AHEP members.

7. 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.

8. Volunteering
Professional development comes in many guises at 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 becoming a Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinator; there are lots of ways to get involved.

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.

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Professional Framework Tool
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Institutional tours
Post-nominal letters
Digital badge
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Profiling in member publications
Extended Opportunities
Extended Opportunities
Mentoring circles
Community groups
Career bubbles
CV Review
Study Tours
Shadowing and extended
individual work experience
Provide thought leadership contributions on website
Endorsement by AHUA
Executive coaching
Senior fellowship retreat and support
Opportunity to become a board member
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