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 Hasmap Training Seminars - SOLD OUT

For those booked onto the courses Campus maps for Coventry, Leeds and Greenwich will be sent out with your 'joining instructions'.

Please be advised there are pay and display car parks at Coventry listed by postcode numbers ( CV1 5DD or CV1 5DL) costing approximately £8 a day; the car parks near Leeds are very expensive and public transport is recommended; Greenwich is only a short walk from the railway station so public transport again or park & ride is recommended.

Due to popular demand the USHA Auditing Group has organised 3 training seminars focusing on Hasmap.
The dates are:

13th January - Coventry University

William Morris Building, WMG 13 Room
Coventry University
Gosford Street

3rd February 2016 – University of Leeds

Ground Floor Training Room
Safety, Health & Wellbeing Building
5-9 Willow Terrace Road
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane

18th February 2016 – University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich
Stockwell Street
SE10 9BD

Here are the details of the training course

We will be adding further dates for Hasmap Training. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The seminars run from 9.30am - 4.30pm and delegate ticket price for USHA members is £110.

Asbestos Removal Practical Workshop

Drop-in & Show-and-Tell USHA Roadshow

24th February 2016

09.00 – 15.00

University Hall Conference Centre, Cardiff

Free to attend

Download the details of what you can see


USHA Estates Group Seminar 2nd March 2016 - London

The theme is ‘Health in Construction’ and presentations will focus on the Olympic Park Project, compliance management systems, occupational health risk management in construction as well as the BOHS Construction Dust ‘breath freely’ campaign.

The seminar is in London at the University of Liverpool London Campus off Finsbury Square.

Delegate ticket is discounted at £85 for USHA members

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Annual Spring Conference 20th – 22nd April 2016 – Hilton Hotel Belfast

'Pushing the boundaries: is health and safety the first or last piece of the jigsaw'

Delegate early bird pass with a 52% discount: £299. This is valid til the 31st January 2016

Opening key note speaker is Nicola Dandridge CBE, CEO of Universities UK.

Other speakers include: John Ling BBC Safety Manager on managing the risk on Top Gear, International SOS, HSE in Northern Ireland and TV celebrity behaviourist & motivator David Meade.

Conference will start on day one at 2pm, with registration from 12noon, and close after lunch at 1.30pm on the final day.

For full programme details and how to book www.2016.usha-conference.org.uk


Fire Group Seminar 7th – 8th June 2016 – East Sussex National near Uckfield

The theme is Compliance.

Delegate pass: £180


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

2015 Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth

Download presentations - Download photos

2015 The Pendulum Hotel, Manchester

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Members who wish to host or facilitate a conference on behalf on USHA should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Conference Sponsorship

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