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 Annual Fire Seminar 2014

Bookings are now being taken for USHA's annual Fire Seminar.

It's on the 3rd - 4th June at Portsmouth University Business Centre.

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

There will be presentations by:
David Crowder - lead fire investigator at the Building Research Establishment.
Brian Martin from the Government Building Control & Fire Safety at the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Wilf Butcher, CEO of ASFP.
Lucia Otoyo from London South Bank
Lisa Von-Schlippe from the London School of Economics

There is an early bird discount saving of 18% and USHA has negotiated a discounted accommodation rate with Portsmouth University

Please note this event is for USHA Members only.

To find out more and book your place go to www.fire.usha-seminar.org.uk

USHA Conference 2014


New beginnings at the USHA Annual Conference

USHAs 42nd Spring Conference at the Watford Hilton Hotel heralded the start for a number of things:

  • USHA volunteers to be part of the Diamond Efficiency Review - a move welcomed by Professor Sir Ian Diamond at conference
  • New Executive Board members and Officers were duly elected
  • The Exhibitors Loyalty Card proves a hit and Jennifer Harman wins the prize draw and a bottle of bubbly
  • President of the Students Union in Hertfordshire is a guest speaker
  • USHA donates to the Student Hardship Fund
  • TV celebrity Peter Dr Dance Lovatt revealed why 'two of everything' is so important!
  • The big 'Art Reveal' reflected on 'better for less' with Graphic illustrator Joel Cooper


Click here to see all the photos from conference:



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