The Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) promotes safety and health in higher education ensuring the wellbeing of university staff, students and visitors.

It produces statistical analysis of the sector’s H&S performance, runs events seminars and conferences, and publishes professional standards and guidance documents.

USHA leads the way with consultation and lobbying on national policies on the world stage, and offers members a community of support, knowledge sharing and networking.

USHA's Autumn Seminar

USHA Autumn Seminar

The USHA Autumn Seminar is taking place on the 25th September in York.

The focus is on TRAINING and sessions will include how to blend face to face and e-learning, the pros and cons of developing your own e-learning strategy, first-hand experience of developing a training needs analysis, how you engage the disengaged, and a practical session on how to deliver training.

The day's key note speaker is the internationally renowned Clive Shepherd who specialises in business communications. He has won a prize for his course Ten Ways to Avoid Death by PowerPoint. Clive speaks regularly at major international conferences and was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the training industry at the World of Learning Conference in 2004 and is a past Chair of the eLearning Network.

The venue is conveniently sited right next door to the York railway station. Trains from London's Kings Cross take just 1 hour 50 minutes; from Manchester 1 hour 15 minutes; from Birmingham 2 hours 9 minutes and from Edinburgh 2 hours 28 minutes.

Bookings have now closed for delegates and exhibitors

To find out more about the programme go to www.training.usha-seminar.org.uk

USHA bids a fond farewell to its Chair Allan Watson.


After time served with HSE, Allan moved in to the HE sector, firstly Newcastle University, then University of Sunderland and finally Durham University.

As an USHA member for the last 27 years he has been instrumental in supporting a number of key initiatives including HASNET and work on the Auditing Specialist Group with Hasmap. He recently led the strategic planning initiative setting the Associations objectives for the next four years.

Those who have worked with Allan through USHA Central , the North East USHA Regional group or as part of his team have come to appreciate his style, calibre and sense of humour. He is succeeded by Vice Chair Gary Wood from the University of Huddersfield who takes over as Acting Chair til the 2015 AGM.

2014 Fire Seminar


There was a record turnout for the 2014 Fire Seminar held in the Business Centre at Portsmouth University.

65 delegates came from across the UK and the event was supported by 18 companies exhibiting. The event looked at fire safety in student accommodation and keynote speakers included David Crowder BRE Global Director and Brian Martin from the Department for Communities and Local Government.


Here is a full report on the seminar

The Seminar photographs have been kindly provided by the USHA Specialist Fire Group Secretary Lloyd Morgan - click here to view

USHA Conference 2014


New beginnings at the USHA Annual Conference

USHAs 42nd Spring Conference at the Watford Hilton Hotel heralded the start for a number of things:

  • USHA volunteers to be part of the Diamond Efficiency Review - a move welcomed by Professor Sir Ian Diamond at conference
  • New Executive Board members and Officers were duly elected
  • The Exhibitors Loyalty Card proves a hit and Jennifer Harman wins the prize draw and a bottle of bubbly
  • President of the Students Union in Hertfordshire is a guest speaker
  • USHA donates to the Student Hardship Fund
  • TV celebrity Peter Dr Dance Lovatt revealed why 'two of everything' is so important!
  • The big 'Art Reveal' reflected on 'better for less' with Graphic illustrator Joel Cooper


Click here to see all the photos from conference:



Students returning from Ebola affected countries

There is advice for University Health officers and first aiders if they're concerned about students who have been working in regions affected by Ebola.

Click here for more information.

The UCEA Health & Safety Committee wants to gain a better understanding of why incidents occur within the sector, the lessons that can be learnt and for this to be shared amongst universities for the greater good.

USHA members are being asked to submit details of any health and safety incidents which they feel others can use to reinforce or further promote successful health and safety management within their own university.

There is no need to name the university involved. On behalf of the committee USHA will initially coordinate submissions. These can be made to Angus Clark (USHA Secretary) by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Here are the background details.

The Government Response to the HSE Triennial Review has been published on the Gov.uk website: view it here.

The new 2014 Guidance for adventurous activities (BS1 8848) is published.

Knowledge of the British standard is important to anyone organising, or taking part in, an overseas venture.

Click here to view the leaflet telling you about the changes Guidance in full.

If your Institution has a subscription to BSI you can download the full guidance online.

USHA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association for Project Safety. Find out more here.

The 2013 Accident Statistic Results are published. 76% of members took part.

The full table details plus a breakdown of comparison results in the Russell, Queen, Teeside, former 1994, as well as Arts Group can be found here.

Here are the results of the membership training survey as part of USHA’s new initiative to support your training & development needs. The Training Specialist Group is chaired by Marion Richards at Queen Mary University London.

Fire Officer Vacancy at University of Oxford.

Details of the vacancy are here

Vacancy for Assistant Estates Manager responsible for Fire Safety at Queens University Belfast.

Details of the vacancy are here

A vacancy for a H&S Adviser at University of Greenwich.

Details of the vacancy are here