UWE hosts Association of University Administrators S/West

Issue date: 24 January 2011

The University of the West of England will host the South West Regional Conference of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) on Tuesday 25 January 2011 at the Exhibition and Conference Centre on Frenchay Campus.

With 400 members in the South West and over 4,000 members in the UK and Ireland, the AUA celebrates this year the golden jubilee of the professionalising of HE management and administration. AUA was formed from a merger of the Association of Polytechnic Administrators (APA) and the Conference of University Administrators (CUA). CUA can trace its history back to the Meeting of University Academic Administrative Staff, founded in 1961.

The one day conference programme includes a number of workshops and plenary sessions addressing current issues in higher education management. Speakers include Rob Behrens, Chief Executive of the Office for the Independent Adjudicator, and Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive of the Quality Assurance Agency, who will give a talk entitled, Quality Assurance in a student-driven system.

Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor will open the conference. He said, “It's an honour to welcome the AUA and its South West members to UWE for this conference. It's important to recognise the excellent work the AUA has done to raise the profile of HE managers and administrators over the past 50 years through the development opportunities and support it offers members.”

Newly appointed AUA President, Alison Johns, Head of Leadership, Governance and Management at HEFCE, will deliver the evening's Golden Jubilee Lecture and an award will also be presented to the UWE Administrator of the Year.

AUA South West Regional Co-ordinator, Michèle Wheeler from UWE, said, “It is exciting to host the first Golden Jubilee event of 2011; it is an important milestone for the AUA in the South West and I hope that this will be the first of many of this type of event during this landmark year.”

For more information on AUA see:AUA

FFI: Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers


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E-mail: Jane.Kelly@uwe.ac.ukor Mary.Price@uwe.ac.uk

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