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Attending the USHA Conference 2014

Being new to the University of Huddersfield and the sector I had no idea what to expect.

My colleague Gary Wood said ‘You must attend as it will provide you with the opportunity to network and learn more about the sector’ He wasn’t wrong.

Having previously lived and worked in Scotland for many years it was ironic that one of the first people I met was Liz Young, and for a change we weren’t in each other’s company hunting the elusive mobile home at Malvern with some mutual friends!!!!

The following day I bumped into another person who I have not seen for longer than I would like to admit to, Selina Woolcott. It seems though Selina saw the light before I did and made the leap from Local Government several years ago.

So apart from catching up with old friends and acquaintances what did I get out of the USHA Conference?

I would say meeting different people from the myriad of institutions represented and having the opportunity to ask questions, listen and check whether the approaches we are taking in some areas here at the University of Huddersfield aligns to other Universities and the sector in general.

I liked the format of the conference, the 30 minute speaker slots and particularly the hub and workshop sessions in the ‘after lunch’ slot.

There was so much packed into the 2 days including the formal AGM, University of Hertfordshire site visits and the opportunity to use the leisure facilities in the hotel.

Congrats to all involved in the conference you did a marvellous job!

I’m already looking forward to next year and have it pencilled in my diary.


Jan Paley
Head of Health & Safety
University Huddersfield