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.

USHA Autumn Seminar October 2015


The launch of the revised Guidance for Leadership and Management of health and safety in higher education institutions attracted record attendance.

The launch event was sponsored by Sevron and 165 packed into the Pendulum Hotel in Manchester to hear from a variety of speakers.

They included leading Health & Safety Lawyer Paul Verrico of Eversheds who said the Guidance would either become 'a sword or shield' in our approach... as well as Dil Sidhu Executive Officer from the Alliance Manchester Business School who spoke about the power of influence and persuasion to change behaviour and attitude when it comes to safety and health.

The Guidance document was launched in partnership with UCEA and endorsed by Universities UK and the Leadership Foundation. Over 25% of delegates were non health and safety managers who will utilise the Guidance and also included representatives from AUDE, UCEA and Guild HE.

A print version of the guidance, adjoining poster as well as the Hasmap Toolkit can be found here: http://www.usha.org.uk/member-resources/guidance-documents

Here are the conference presentations and photographs:

Presentations - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1bvvl1sdlglik90/AAAP9n9WmKnAp0p9sLH0FR6ga?oref=e&n=119688789

Photographs - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g8wjrqbglignswq/AACBnKC84K76WgBSrhxT9QhKa?lst=

Fire Seminar 2015


Over 90 attended this year’s event held at the County Thistle Hotel in Newcastle.

Sponsored by Checkmate the seminar looked at ‘the built environment’ and speakers included Colin Todd Chair of the FIA Fire Risk Assessment Council; Peter Aldridge from the Association of Healthcare Fire Officers and Mark Almond & Gary Howe from Zurich. There was a poignant presentation by Andy McKay from the University of Glasgow following the fire last year at the Glasgow School of Art

Delegates were welcomed to the seminar by Veryan Johnston, Executive Director of Human Resources at Newcastle University

Here are some of the seminar presentations

Here are photographs taken at the seminar



USHA's Annual Spring Conference 2015


The sun came out for the delegates attending this year’s annual Spring Conference which was held at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth. 

Supported by HEOPs its Chair Dr Alan Swann joined delegates to learn more about ‘Securing a healthier future for Higher Education’.

The event was sponsored by Sevron online safety management specialists.

You can view the conference presentations here


You can view the photos here




USHA's Estates Seminar


A record 65 USHA members attended the 2015 Estates Seminar which took place at Eversheds in London.

Delegates heard from the Health and Safety Executive and Association of Project Safety on the new CDM regulations as well as news of the plans by USHA for an Asbestos Awareness Roadshow to be held across the UK. The seminar was sponsored by HBE Risk Management.

Click here for all the presentations