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.

Conference Programme

USHA Annual Spring Conference

22nd - 24th April 2015
Highcliff Marriott Hotel Bournemouth

'A healthier future in Higher Edcuation'

The conference will look at current Occupational Health working practices in our Universities and ask what works best: an in-house service, a shared service with the NHS or a contracted out arrangement. It will also explore:

  • collaborative working between Occupational Health and Health & Safety practitioners
  • changing our culture and behaviour to get healthy
  • work related stress and mental health awareness and how to manage it
  • how the way we design our buildings can affect our physical and mental health.
  • helping students stay fit to study
  • mobile working and if the new challenging interface environments are good for our health

Due to popular demand bookings will open shortly.

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Specialist Estates Group Seminar

6th March 2015
Eversheds, London

March 6th the Specialist Estates Group is hosting a one day seminar at Eversheds in London looking at the CDM regulations and also the issues with Asbestos. This event is sponsored by HBE Risk Management. Booking details to follow.


Specialist Fire Group Seminar

June 2015

In June the Specialist Fire Group will be hosting its summer seminar in June in Newcastle. More details to follow.


Events Calendar

Please refer to the Events Calendar for conference details.

USHA organises several conferences throughout the year.

The aim of USHA conferences are to establish:

  • networking and information sharing
  • dissemination of best practice
  • celebrate successes
  • launch new initiatives
  • consult with the membership
  • debate and discuss issues impacting the sector

USHA has an established history of successful conference events, providing a first class programme of speakers and covering a wide range of current issues.

Past Conferences

Year Location Topic
2002 Kent The Life Cycle of Risk from Cradle to Grave
2002 Manchester Revitalising - have you signed up? HSE have!
2003 Strathclyde Risk Management Benefit to Insurance
2003 Sheffield Sport Safety
2004 Dublin Safety & Corporate Criminal Accountatbility
2004 Huddersfield Legislative Review
2005 Brighton & Sussex Self Reliance
2005 Lincoln Regulation to Self Regulation
2006 Dundee Distilling Value from Legal Mash
2006 London Fire and Flu
2007 Coventry In Search of Wellbeing
2007 Newcastle Sensible Risk
2008 London Building a Safer and Healthier Way
2008 Cambridge On the Edge
2009 Cardiff Health, Safety and Wellbeing Management Systems in Practice.
2009 Belfast Event Safety Management
2010 Manchester Training, Learning and Competence
2011 Derby ‘Courtroom Drama’ Health & Safety Legislation
2011 RGS, London Safety in Fieldwork - a big adventure, a safe journey
2012 Bristol Spring Conference + 40th Anniversary celebrations
2012 Belton Woods Hotel - Grantham, Lincolnshire Reflections on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
2012 Natural History Museum, London Managing Health and Safety In Research
2013 Royal Institute of British Architecture, London MRC & USHA 'Laboratory Design' - Download presentations
2013 Grosvenor Hilton Hotel, Glasgow The Changing World of Health and Safety - living in challenging times - Download presentations - Download photos
2013 Manchester Conference Centre Human Factors and The Higher Education Build Environment - View presentations and photos
2013 Birmingham University Safety in Building Design - View presentations
2014 Hilton Hotel, Watford

Doing more with less: adapting to the changing needs of Higher education - Download presentations - Download photos

2014 Royal York Hotel, York

Confident Competencies - Download presentations - Download photos


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Non-Members may attend conferences subject to a non-member rate. Places for non-members may be limited.

Conference Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring a conference please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


UK University Estates Turnover Hits £27 billion

The Association of University Directors of Estate (AUDE) has released its comprehensive annual report which details the impact of University estates and facilities across the UK. It shows the University sector turnover is equivalent to the fourth largest FTSE company; Higher Education Capital expenditure is greater than the entire Crossrail Budget and Universities occupy 26 million m2 (280 million sq ft) - over 2.5 Times the size of the Government's Estate (10 million m2 (107 million sq ft))

Here are the full details

Ebola Guidance Note

Concerning both the risks for students and university  staff arriving in the UK from an affected country in West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia) developing Ebola in the UK, as well as the risks to travellers going to West Africa. 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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here are the background details.

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