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Partner organisations

UCEA works with a number of organisations on health and safety matters, mainly through the Health and Safety Committee

Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA)

With over 155 Universities and Research Institutions, together with Further Education colleges, European and International Universities, USHA is the leading health and safety association within the Higher Education sector in the UK. There are over 1,500 safety practitioners working within the higher education sector together with academic and research staff with safety management or teaching responsibility. USHA provides its members with sector key performance indicators, revises sector guidance documents, distributes member newsletters, carries out development training days, and holds regular conferences and seminars.

Joint work between UCEA and USHA has included the production of Guidance on Safety in Fieldwork, which was updated in 2018.

Universities Human Resources (UHR)

UHR is the key organisation for human resources professionals in higher education in the UK and Ireland. UHR provides top quality development, networking and communications opportunities and has a reputation for well-researched innovation and informed opinion, and contributing to policy formulation and debate at the highest levels of the sector. UHR works with associated bodies such as Universities UK, UCEA and GuildHE to offer co-ordinated responses to consultations by bodies such as the Funding Councils and government, and to share information and best practice.

Higher Education Occupational Physicians / Practitioners (HEOPs)

HEOPs is the professional association for all Occupational Health Professionals working in the UK Higher Education sector. It provides members with an on-line forum to share expertise, discuss provision of OH Services and develop appropriate policies and guidance on OH practice in universities. HEOPs assists national bodies, including the General Medical Council, Medical Schools Council, UCEA and the Health Professions Council, to develop policy and guidance on fitness to practise, and the control and management of health risks in the HE sector. 

British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG)

BUFDG is the representative body for finance office staff in the higher education sector. Members are the Directors of Finance of almost all UK higher education institutions. Objectives include:

  • being a source of information and a conduit for discussions of financial strategy and management, including best practice.
  • promoting high standards in accounting and financial management. 
  • working with related organisations to provide forums for discussion and consultation.

Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO)

AURPO is a professional organisation whose members come mainly from universities and similar establishments involved in the training of undergraduates and graduates in the fields of science, engineering and medicine. Its principal aim is to increase knowledge and understanding of radiation protection through the promotion and interchange of information. The Association is consulted by a number of Government and other organisations responsible for drafting new legislation on various matters relating to all aspects of radiation protection.