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.

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USHA 2017 Spring conference - book your place now

25th – 27th April 2017 Hilton City Hotel Leeds

2017 conference

The theme is New Horizons in Higher Education: Meeting the Health and Safety Challenges and it will look at the new horizons in higher education and health and safety’s role in securing continued success.

Sessions include:

  • a Chancellors view of Health & Safety
  • expectations for the future
  • dealing with an ageing workforce
  • a review of the strategic role of Health and Safety
  • the legal implications leaving the EU
  • corporate Health & Safety versus a modern academic institution
  • having the flexibility to encourage growth
  • the latest on emergency planning and critical incidents

We will also be hearing from Malcolm Brown MBE British Triathlon Performance Coach on building the dream.

The Gala Dinner is in the Great Hall at the University of Leeds with after dinner speaker celebrity impressionist, and comic Alistair McGowan.

There is a £100 discount if you take advantage of the early bird discount offer.

Find out more and book on the event website: www.usha-conference.org.uk

Annual Data Collection for ‘incidents’ is now back in house

Following requests from Members the annual Data Collection for ‘incidents’ is now back in house and will be collated by USHA.
The collection of incident data for period 2013 -16 is now open for you to submit.

The collection period is from 11/11/2016 – 02/12/2016. On the Data Collection page you will find links to three separate forms, one for each of the last academic years.

At this time the Fire Statistics will continue to be collated by HESA.

USHA Autumn Seminar is a big success

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The event looked at Mental Wellbeing : supporting staff supporting students.

Not only was it ground breaking in the topics it covered in this area but it attracted over two thirds of new members who were attending an USHA event for the first time.

"I thought the speakers were excellent and I have come back to work with very long list of very good intentions, of which if I achieve a small percentage, I will be very pleased"

"Congratulations on an impeccable event".

"I was blown away by the quality of the speakers and the information received at the session. We have lots of work to do at my University to manage this issue, but it is a worthwhile challenge"

"It was my first USHA Conference and I was very impressed"

Held at the Barbican in London it was also supported by the student services association AMOSSHE and Universities UK. The line-up of keynote speakers included:

Sir Anthony Seldon VC at The University of Buckingham looked at the mental health support routes across a University as well as promoted 'Action for Happiness'

Both the Right Honourable Norman Lamb MP Chair of the Cross Party Committee on Mental Health and Paul Farmer CBE Chief Executive of MIND spoke of the need to commission the right level of needs for mental health counselling with better transition from child to adult mental health support. Mr Lamb also went on to praise Nottingham Trent University for its Student Minds Initiative.

MIND also announced its appointment of Louise Clarkson to look at mental health issues affecting the under 25s. Paul Farmer also appealed for Universities to sign up to its ‘Workplace Wellbeing Index’ to benchmark best policy and practice in workplace mental health . For more information on this go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The charity has also developed an App for students to cope with the highs and lows of University www.emoodji.co.uk.

Here are the seminar speaker presentations

Here are the photographs from the day


USHA has been a leading contributor to the Higher Education sector ‘Health, Safety and Wellbeing Strategy’ 2016 – 2020

The strategy, which has just been published, is the collaboration of the sectors key stakeholders including UUK,AUDE, HEOPs, AURPO UHR and UCEA.

USHA’s guidance on ‘Leadership and Management of Health and Safety’ and ‘Health and Safety in Fieldwork’ have been noted as important outputs in the sector.

The new strategy focuses on 3 priority themes to aid sector level support for member Institutions for health, safety and wellbeing in the next four years: culture, competence and collaboration.

Download the Stategy Document here

USHA Fire Group Seminar 2016

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The 2016 USHA Fire Group Seminar took place at East Sussex National at Uckfield. There was 100 in attendance with the event being sponsored by Evac+Chair. Members voted in the new Chair of the Group Margaret Glendenning from the University of Cambridge. Here are the conference presentations and photos:



USHA Spring Seminar 2016

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Over a hundred attended the 2016 Spring Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast. Delegates heard from a variety of speakers focusing on the theme of ‘pushing the boundaries: is health and safety the first or last piece of the jigsaw. They included Nicola Dandridge from UUK, Chris Kemp of the BBC, Dr Ryan Copeland International SOS and Keith Morrison HSE Northern Ireland. The 2016 chosen charity was the Cancer Research Trust linked to Queens University Belfast

Here are the conference presentations

Click here for the conference photographs


USHA Estates Seminar 2016

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Over 80 attended this year’s Estates Seminar, at the University of Liverpool in London , looking at health in construction. The opening address was from the Chair Elect of AUDE Trevor Humphreys and other key note speakers included Chris Lucas from HSE, Paul Verrico of Eversheds, Michael Lytrides Imperial College London  and Mike Slater of the BOHS Construction Breath Freely Campaign. The event was sponsored by Healthy Buildings International.