Are you an Administrator at the University? Then the AUA may be for you!



The Association of University Administrators (AUA) is the professional body for higher education managers and administrators, with around 4,000 members in the UK and worldwide. They have in the region of 180 branches based in universities and higher education colleges as well as HE-related bodies.

Association of University Administrators LogoThe AUA is committed to:

  • promoting excellence in higher education management through our professional development scheme, annual conference, specific training events and publications
  • advancing a code of professional standards
  • providing information networks through newsletters, e-bulletins and personal networking
  • developing international links with appropriate organisations and with individuals
  • enhancing the profile of the profession nationally and internationally

The University of Aberdeen currently has 23 members drawn from a variety of levels and areas across the institution. Membership of the AUA is open to all those members of staff within the University who are involved in management, administrative or clerical activities and are committed to promoting excellence in their work.

Have a look at the AUA webpages below and remember to visit the webpage regularly to stay up-to-date with AUA events within the University!


For more information, contact the University AUA Advocates Emma Fowlie or Ashley Powell at or visit the AUA Homepage.

Join Us

If you are a member of staff at the University of Aberdeen and you have, or aspire to taking on, managerial or administrative responsibilities, you are eligible to join the Association of University Administrators as a full member. Visit the AUA site for full details on securing membership, or contact the University's AUA Advocates, Emma Fowlie and Ashley Powell, by emailing

UK members can claim tax relief on their membership subscriptions as a professional fee.

There are many benefits of being a member, including:

  • Receive the regular Newslink newsletter, Perspectives, a quarterly international journal, as well as regular AUA Updateswith news and information to help you to keep up to date with key developments in HE management
  • Receive good practice guides
  • Annual 3-day conference in the UK - educational and a great networking opportunity
  • Join the AUA LinkedIn Network
  • Join various AUA email lists in your area of expertise
  • Various online tools on the AUA website to support you in your work
  • Opportunity to complete the AUA’s Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice
  • International links, study tours and travel awards
  • Discounts on professional development courses

As of October 2015, the University had 27 AUA members:

Farida Ali

Business Improvement Unit

Katrina Allan

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Fiona Ashmore

Academic Affairs

Marlis Barraclough

Policy, Planning and Governance

Anne Buckle

Policy, Planning and Governance

Christina Cameron

Policy, Planning and Governance

Louise Cotterell

School of Medicine and Dentistry

Cheryl Croydon

College of Physical Sciences

Julie Forbes

School of Geosciences

Kathryn Fowler

College of Physical Sciences

Emma Fowlie

Library, Special Collections & Museums

Fiona Insch

College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Gillian Mackintosh

Directorate of Academic Affairs

Marion Malcolm

School of Medicine and Dentistry / Business Improvement Unit

Elizabeth McArdle

Medical Sciences

Melanie McCann

School of Biological Sciences

Maree Mccombie

School of Biological Sciences

Rhona Moore

School of Psychology

Teresa Morris

School of Medicine and Dentistry

Ashley Powell

Policy, Planning and Governance

Jenifer Scott

External Relations

Carol Stannard

College of Physical Sciences

Hulda Sveinsdottir


Amy Walsh

Library, Special Collections & Museums

Emma Webb

College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Ursula Windhab


Liza Young

College of Life Sciences and Medicine


AUA Lunchtime events at the University 

The first ever AUA lunchtime event, held on 4 September 2013 in the Sir Duncan Library, was very well received with nearly 60 members of staff attending. Given the success of this event, further lunchtime events are now offered throughout the year to bring AUA members together to discuss current issues in higher education.  If you missed any of the talks or would like to see the presentations again, please visit Previous Events.

The talks are BYOL events ("bring your own lunch") and will have a central theme for discussion. We would very much welcome input from you all on what you would like discussed at these events. If you have any suggestions, please email us at  Also, if anyone is interested in taking part in organising events, please let us know!

Lunchtime talks 2015-16
  • AUA Informal Lunch Get-Together – 9th October, Starbucks, Old Aberdeen, 12.45pm – 2pm

We have reserved an area in Starbucks (the Old Café Zeste @ Crombie Halls) for an informal lunch catch-up between 12.45pm - 2pm on Friday 9th of October to discuss what local members would like from the local branch of the AUA in the forthcoming year, colleagues can BYOL or purchase lunch and/or coffee from Starbucks.

  • The Vintage Ceilidh – 17th October, Elphinstone Hall, Old Aberdeen, 7.30pm onwards

If you fancy getting together outside of work, then come along to the Vintage Ceilidh on Saturday 17th of October – all monies raised will be going to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Nepal Earthquake Appeal.  Tickets are £15 for adults and £7.50 for little toots -The ticket includes the dance, stovies (meat and veggie options) as well as our vintage themed photo booth and props.  There will also be a cash bar and raffle, as well as prizes for the best dressed! Contact Emma on for tickets.

  • Athena SWAN: not just for women – 26th October, Meeting Room 1, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, 1-2pm

Rhiannon Thompson will discuss the Athena SWAN Charter and what the University of Aberdeen’s commitment to gender equality means for all staff and students across the Institution, the benefits of being a Member of your School’s Athena SWAN Self-assessment team and what can be expected over the future years.

  • Principal to deliver AUA Annual Lecture in Aberdeen, 24th November, Meeting Room 1, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, 1-2pm

For those of you unable to make the AUA Annual Lecture in York on the 15th October, the Principal has kindly agreed to deliver this presentation to those AUA members based in Aberdeen on the 24th November at The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

  • AUA Study Tour Talk-18th January 2016, Foresterhill in the MacGilivray Conference Room,  MacGilivray Academic Centre, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
    Directions to the Conference Room are available here:

Marion Malcolm (Health Services Unit Business Manager & Business Improvement Specialist) has just returned from the 2015 AUA study tour to Belgium and the Netherlands and will be speaking to Aberdeen AUA members about her experience.

Marion was joined by colleagues from the Universities of Cardiff and Surrey, UCL, London South Bank University and Edge Hill University, and the tour visited Leiden University, VU Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology and the University of Antwerp.

The tour explored three specific themes; the internationalisation of higher education, the impact of research and changes in research funding on the HE sector and managing student employability, and will produce a report detailing the group’s findings and observations in 2016.

Annual Conferences


Creativity, Collaboration and Complexity

21 – 23 March 2016
Royal Armouries, Leeds

The AUA is a global network to advance and promote professionalism amongst administrative and management staff in HE.  

The University has kindly offered to pay for conference fees for up to five members of staff. Travel and accommodation costs should be met by staff or the staff member’s Section/School. In taking up one of the centrally funded places, you will be asked to attend an Aberdeen AUA event later in the year to share your experience at the conference with other AUA members.

Two centrally-funded spaces remain available for the conference. To apply,  please email by 12 noon Friday 26 February 2016 with the following information:

  • Confirm if you are an AUA member
  • Have you attended the AUA conference before?
  • Confirm that you/your Section/School is happy to cover travel and accommodation costs
    The remaining spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

There are many different conference packages available should you prefer to stay for only part of the time. For further information about the Conference and accommodation options, visit

The deadline for notes of interest is 12 Noon Friday 26 February 2016.

Previous Events

If you missed a talk, or would like to watch a presentation again, information about previous events is available below:


  • November 2014, Susan MacLennan (Staff Development Partner, HR)- Managing Change  
  • April 2015, Heather Doran (Public Engagement) and Anne Buckle (Policy, Planning & Governance)-'Why online profiles aren't just for dating websites'


  • September 2013, Kathy Fowler (Deputy Executive Director Aberdeen Energy Institute and member of the AUA Board of Trustees)-Overview of AUA and its Services; and Jennifer Sewel (Director of Policy, Planning & Governance)- Building a Career in Higher Education  Presentation
  • March 2014, 'The Independence Debate and Scottish Higher Education: What ifs, buts and maybes?', A. Godfrey Brown (Public Affairs) and Bruce Purdon (Policy, Planning & Governance)
  • May 2014, 'Changing  Marking Scales- the new Code of Practice on Assessment', Professor Peter McGeorge (VP for Teaching & Learning) and Dr Gillian Mackintosh (Director of Academic Affairs, Registry)
  • June 2014, 'From Tokyo to Aberdeen: What Can Car Factories Teach Universities?', Helena Ziegler (Business Improvement)