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

The USHA Fire Seminar is on the 3rd – 4th June 2014 at Portsmouth University. 

Booking have now opened for the USHA Fire Seminar is on the 3rd - 4th June 2014 at Portsmouth University Business Centre.

The seminar is themed around Student sleeping accommodation: 'It should be alright on the night'.

There is a saving of 18% on the delegate fee with the early bird offer. Bookings close 20th May.

Please note this event is for USHA Members only. To book your place go to www.fire.usha-seminar.org.uk

The Autumn Seminar is taking place on the 25th September 2014 at the Royal York Hotel.

The theme is 'Confident Competency: Training, Development & Engagement'. This special one day seminar will look at developing skills and abilities making it easier to identify training needs and design appropriate training. A must if you want to learn how to engage with those who are disengaged with health and safety , start a training needs analysis, develop an e-learning strategy and discover the advantages of 'blended learning' .

Bookings will open May 2014.

USHA's annual Spring Conference 2015 is from the 22nd - 24th April at Bournemouth's Highcliff Marriott Hotel.

Due to popular demand bookings for this event will open early in October 2014.


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


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

Conference Sponsorship

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USHA has carried out a consultation on the existing Student Placement Guidance. The results, now available, show that the guidance is generally well-received and remains fit-for-purpose. However a small working group is being set up to consider minor improvements to the Guidance.

Click here for the results

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.

The new USHA Estates Specialist Group is staging its first one day seminar this spring. This is being financially supported by USHA so is FREE for members to attend.

Taking place in Leeds it will look at issues surrounding Legionella, Contractor and Asbestos management. 

Here is the agenda and details for attendees.

The University of Birmingham has been named University of the Year 2014 in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide.

There were also accolades for Coventry, St Andrews and Cambridge. Find out more.

The HSE has published the 6th edition of the COSHH ACOP  and revised and published the 2nd edition of the DSEAR ACOP. Find out more.

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.

Latest vacancies:

Professional Services Health and Safety Manager / QMUL Fire Safety Manager - http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/4714

H&S Adviser - with a focus on estates and facilities related risks - http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/4713

Fire Safety Adviser - http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/4722