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.
Bookings are now being taken for the USHA Spring Conference 2nd – 3rd April 2014 at the Hilton Hotel Watford.
The theme is ‘Doing more with less: adapting to the changing needs of Higher education’ and will look at how we can work smarter not harder to communicate the safety message with sessions on behavioural based safety management; engagement with students and safety leadership and influence.
There will be practical hands on training sessions plus an emphasis on sharing ideas and innovations with a members Networking Hub and new for 2014 an Expo Hub.
Here are the full details of the programme, costs and how to book: www.usha-conference.org.uk
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Congratulations to the USHA members who picked up the top awards taking 7 out of the 14 categories: Lancaster University; Bristol; Coventry; Bradford; Nottingham Trent; Aberdeen; and University of Manchester.
USHA was delighted to support the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges ( EAUC) who organised the event with Nigel Price from the University of Staffordshire on the judging panel and Rob Woods from Derby representing us on the night.
The awards ceremony was hosted by geology’s “rock star” Professor Iain Stewart MBE - Iain is best known as the presenter of a number of BBC programmes including the BAFTA nominated ‘Earth: The Power of the Planet’.
USHA Deputy Chair Allan Watson presented a cheque to Raaj Shamji of the Student Hardship Fund at the Autumn Seminar 12th September 2013 in lieu of the hire of the Universities venue and AV technician services.
The seminar, at the brand new multi million pound development ‘Parkside Building’ was supported by AUDE and focused on the safety aspects of building design. Over a hundred people attended.
Birmingham City University Health and Safety Manager and USHA Executive Board Member Scott Trim says, “Throughout the day a consistent message was given by all of the speakers that designers, building users, fire safety advisors and health and safety teams need to engage in early consultation if new builds and project refurbishments are to result in buildings which are fit for purpose and compliant for all. I know from talking to many of the delegates that this is a challenge facing many of us with the Health, Safety and Fire professions”.
Assistant Director of Student Services at Birmingham City University Raaj Shamji was on hand to receive the cheque, “as a University we will ensure this kind donation is used to support students that are faced with unforeseen financial hardship. We are grateful to USHA for their consideration in supporting our student body”.
Over 100 delegates attended this year’s Autumn Seminar looking at Safety in Building Design at the new £60m Parkside Building at Birmingham City University. The event was supported by AUDE. Speakers included Gareth Meredith from HSE, James Hall from Associated Architects and Graham Rhodes Director of Estates at Birmingham City University.