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UCEA Services

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) is the body that represents the interests and views of UK Higher Education (HE) organisations as employers. We are a voluntary membership organisation, funded through the subscriptions of our member organisations. We are governed by a Board drawn from Vice-Chancellors, Principals and Chairs of governing councils of universities. UCEA’s Plan sets our purpose, to support our member organisations in delivering excellent and world-leading higher education and research by representing their interests as employers and facilitating their work in delivering effective employment and workforce strategies.  We also identify three main aims:

  • To contribute to excellence and effectiveness in human resource management, anticipating, listening and responding to the shared needs of members.
  • To enhance knowledge from within and beyond the sector and facilitate dialogue and learning.
  • To represent the collective interests of our members.

Our member resources are grouped under the themes of Pay and Negotiation, Employment Policy and Law, Pensions, Clinical Academics, Health and Safety and Research and Surveys. The resources range from our short, timely Updates alerting members to particular developments and our Employment Bulletin to extended briefings, reports and case study materials. Our expert advisers are also on hand to assist with members’ queries and we provide an extensive programme of members’ events, ranging from large-scale conferences to specialist network meetings.

We maintain formal and informal dialogue with the sector trade unions, through New JNCHES and ad hoc groups and forums, including with the BMA and BDA through the clinical stakeholder forum.

In addition to the core membership offer, UCEA can offer additional consultancy support, advice, bespoke in-house training and pay benchmarking services.

We seek to work closely with other sector organisations and maintain good links with all the HE professional groups that have an interest in employment matters. We invite our members to be involved in all that we do, using specialist advisory committees or other groups to bring professionals together, and attending sector groups and other meetings throughout the UK, so that our work can be guided by our membership.

For more information read the About UCEA leaflet.