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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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Conference Programme


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.

The early bird discount offer has been extended to 12 noon Monday 6th March . This gives you a £100 discount .

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


The USHA Fire Seminar 14th – 15th June 2017 Cardiff

fire seminar 2017

The theme this year is ‘Fire Safety Management’ and will cover a range of topics including: BS 9999, legal compliance ,the role of fire safety management, water mist systems,PAS 7 and external accreditation, disabled evacuation, fire warning systems and multi occupied buildings.

The seminar will also be hearing about the fire risk challenges of historic buildings from English Heritage as well as collaborative working from the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

It promises to be an exciting event with an all-time record number of exhibitors supporting the seminar with new stalls products and services for you to explore.

For this two day event the delegate ticket price is just £199 which includes the Networking Dinner with the after dinner speaker being the TV celebrity ,comedian and mind reader David Meade

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The USHA Estates Seminar 11th July 2017 London 

Bookings are now open for this event which is sponsored by Zurich Insurance Company

Its theme is Statutory Compliance. One of the keynote speakers is Louise Taggart a former barrister , who after a personal tragedy now focuses on ‘workplace safety’

Please note the exhibition hall is SOLD OUT.

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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 Fire Seminar: 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

Securing a Healthier Future - Download presentations - Download photos

2015 The Pendulum Hotel, Manchester

Leadership and Management of Health and Safety in Higher Education Institutions - the launch of the revised guidance - Download presentations - Download photos

2016 University of Liverpool in London Estates: Health in Construction - Download presentations - Download photos
2016 Hilton Hotel, Belfast Spring Conference: Pushing the boundaries: is health and safety the first or last piece of the jigsaw - Download presentations - Download photos
2016 East Sussex National, Uckfield Focus on Compliance - Download presentations - Download photos
2016 Barbican, London Autumn Seminar 2016 Mental Wellbeing - Download presentations - Download photos

All USHA events are for members only. 

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Conference Sponsorship

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