Directory of Associations

Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA)

Formed in 1972 to promote safety and health in higher education. 155 members representing 3,000 individual members with three membership categories:

Full (Universities) Associate (FE Colleges) Affiliate (Organisations).

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University – Related Associations

Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)

APUC Limited is the procurement Centre of Expertise for Scotland's 61 universities and colleges. It is a private limited company.

Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA)

AHUA is the representative body for senior University managers (typically Registrars, Chief Operating Officers, Heads of Administration) in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Association for Student Residential Accommodation (ASRA)

Association of University Administrators (AUA)

Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO)

Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE)

Association of University Engineers (AUE)

Association of University Procurement Officers (AUPO)

Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO)

British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE)

College and University Business Officers (CUBO)

Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)

Higher Education Business Continuity Officers (HEBCoN)

Higher Education Estates Association Forum (HEEAF)

First convened in February 2004, the HEEAF Forum consists of representatives from organisations having a remit associated with Estates and Facilities Management in higher education. Administered by AUDE This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

The Equivalents are the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and HEFCW for Wales

Higher Education Occupational Practitioners (HEOPS)

A group of Occupational Physicians and Practitioners providing occupational health advice.

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS)

The University Caterers Organisation Ltd (TUCO)

TUCO Ltd is a membership company open to organisations which are higher education, by virtue of their full time equivalent student enrolment number for courses of higher education exceeding 55% of their total full-time equivalent enrolment number, or further education establishments and which, in each case, have an in-house catering service.

University Chemical Safety Forum (UCSF)

Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA)

Universities Human Resources (UHR)

UHR provides development, networking and communications to support Human Resources professionals in Higher Education in the UK.

Universities UK (UUK)

Higher education action group with 132 members made up of Executive Heads of University Institutions. The Scottish equivalent is

Other UK Associations

Association of Colleges

Colleges of further education

British Occupational Health Society

British Safety Council

Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Environment Agency

Health Protection Agency (HPA)

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Human Tissue Authority

Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR)

The Institute serves safety professionals in technology and research including education, industry, government agencies and consultancy, with the aim of enhancing the knowledge, competence and professional development of its members through networking, accreditation, knowledge exchange, workshops and symposia, communication with regulators and partnerships with other safety organisations.

National Examination Board in Occupational Safety & Health (NEBOSH)

Started in 1979 dealing with health and safety & environmental qualifications

Professional Organisations in Occupational Safety & Health (POOSH)

POOSH exists to promote the continuous improvement of the practice of occupational safety and health through education, communication and the encouragement of cooperation between all persons and agencies involved in the provision of a healthy and safe working environment.

Research Councils UK (RCUK)

RCUK is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils.

Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Safety Groups UK (SGUK)

Ensuring Health and Safety groups are key players in the health and safety system and deliver on strategy. Secretariat provided by RoSPA

International Associations

Campus Safety, Health, & Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)

Formed 1906 in Milan with 2,000 members over 93 countries

International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)

Formed 1978, spanning 70 countries, catering for members in any sector of industry related to Health and Safety

Other Acronyms


A discussion forum for UK universities, managed and regulated by JISC.

Health and Safety Management Profile (HASMAP)

Developed by USHA. In HASMAP, the health and safety management best practice standards of HSG65 are arranged into 12 performance indicators

Useful link


Workplace Stress
Identifying risk factors
Workplace stress checklist

Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
Infection at work (HSE website)

University Chemical Safety Forum (UCSF)
The Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory Oxford University (MSDS Database)

Coordinating Health and Safety in Tertiary Education (CHASTE)
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Health Protection Agency (HPA)

Occupational Health
British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF)

World Health Organisation (WHO)
Eurpoean Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Australasian University Safety Association (AUSA)
Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)

Partner Associations
Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE)
Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO)
Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCON)
Higher Education Estates Association Forum (HEEAF)
Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR)

Association of Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO)

Health, Work and Well-being