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 Autumn Seminar

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20th October 2015

9am – 4pm

Pendulum Hotel, Manchester

The launch of the important revised guidance ‘Leadership and Management of Health & Safety in the Higher Education Sector.

Speakers will cover the management standards and audit protocol, research insights into becoming a safety leader, using the guidance to defend your University and how the science of influence and persuasion can help you with your message

For full programme,venue and booking details http://leadership.usha-seminar.org.uk/


Travel risk event

"Education without Borders: students and staff overseas in a high risk world"

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

21st October 2015

9.00 – 16.30

Speakers include USHA members who were part of the Fieldwork Safety Group : Angus Clark of St Andrews and Michael Smith of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

Download the brochure (pdf 600kb)


USHA Fire Group Autumn Business Meeting

University College London

11th November 2015

11.00 – 15.30

Download the agenda (pdf 13kb)



Estates Group Seminar 2nd March 2016 - University of Liverpool London Campus

'Health in Construction'

Delegate pass : £tbc


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 30% discount: £299

Opening address will be from Nicola Dandridge CBE , CEO of Universities UK

Speakers include: John Ling BBC Safety Manager on managing the risk on Top Gear and 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 to allow for travel and time to visit the tourist attractions of Belfast.


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

The theme tbc

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

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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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