Organisational Development

AUA at the University of Sussex

The Association of University Administrators

What is the AUA?

The AUA is the professional association for all those who work or aspire to work in higher education management or administration.

Members are supported to define and reach their career goals through development opportunities, high-impact research and by connecting to a sector-wide network of like-minded individuals. A powerful voice for professional services staff, AUA membership provides professional recognition and enables best practice across higher education. 

The AUA describes its mission simply: Connecting and developing higher education professionals.

AUA at Sussex

The University of Sussex is proud to work with the AUA and membership is growing fast. As University staff, you can become an AUA member by completing the online form here.

If you would like to find out more about the AUA you can visit the website. Alternatively, you can contact Merrill Jones, the Sussex AUA Advocate, on, or find her as a member on the AUA site here.

Benefits of AUA membership


The AUA connects its members at a local and national level at events around the UK and through our online AUA network. 

Professional development

Alongside attending professional development events, members can study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership, get involved as a volunteer and progress their career with the AUA CPD Framework


Progress your career with the AUA accreditation scheme, a clear pathway to Accredited Membership or Fellowship of the AUA.

Events and conferences

AUA conferences and events on a range of topics support HE professional development throughout the year.


Members receive a discount on all AUA 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.

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

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

Learn more about the benefits of AUA membership on the AUA website.

AUA events

The AUA organises professional development events across the UK. Discounts are available for AUA members.

The AUA South Region delivered its 5th Regional Symposium on 24 January 2020. Hosted by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, the symposium focused on the AUA professional behaviour of finding solutions. The universities arranged parallel workshop sessions for delegates who were able to network with colleagues across the region whilst also having the opportunity to welcome staff and colleagues new to the AUA.

Discover more AUA events on the AUA website.