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Lee Sanders, AHUA Chair and Registrar at the University of Birmingham

We Live In Interesting Times – Which Of Us Will Be Writing The Novel?

Lee Sanders, Registrar and Secretary at the University of Birmingham, took up the role of AHUA Chair on the 1st January 2017. Here he takes a look at some of the current issues facing the sector, and considers how we as individuals, and as the AHUA might influence the story over the coming months and years.


Jane Robinson, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Durham University

Meet Our Members: Jane Robinson, Durham University

Jane Robinson gives an insight into her role as Chief Operating Officer and Registrar at Durham University. Jane joined Durham University in September 2016, having previously served as Chief Executive at Gateshead Council.


Graduates from the University of Nottingham

Ambitious Futures: Developing University Leaders

The role of university registrar or administrator might not be very well known or understood by graduates as they consider their future careers, so how do we identify and develop registrars, COOs and HE leaders of the future? Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham, talks about the importance of the Ambitious Futures programme.


Aston University new campus. Image courtesy of Aston University.

There’s Never Been So Much Change

Graham Donelan, University Secretary at Liverpool Hope University, reflects on the seeds of change that were sown in 2016, and encourages us to look ahead with renewed purpose and energy for achieving our universities’ missions in 2017.


Students at York St John University

Changing the Culture in Universities

Alison Jones, University Secretary at the University of Bradford, has been reflecting on the challenge of culture change in our universities. How can we ensure our institutions are inclusive and diverse communities where tolerance, dignity and respect are practiced, and processes and support are in place to handle allegations of misconduct?


Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Brookes University

Meet Our Members: Brendan Casey, Oxford Brookes University

Brendan Casey, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Oxford Brookes University worked at five different institutions before taking up his current role. Here he talks about his career, including a typical day in his role at Oxford Brookes, and the challenges ahead for HE.


Cambridge University Council at work

Beyond Accountability to Strategic Leadership

How much should governing bodies govern, and how much should they lead? Eamon Mullan, University Secretary at Ulster University, looks at the evolving role of university governing bodies in strategic leadership.


Image credit: University of Kent

May No-platforms the No-platformers

How do universities balance freedom of expression and intellectual advancement whilst maintaining safe spaces for staff, students and the university community? In light of Theresa May’s recent criticism of safe spaces, Geraldine Swanton, Legal Director at Shakespeare Martineau, considers the legal implications for universities in providing those safe spaces and maintaining freedom of expression.


Image Credit: Leicester City Fans but Ronnie Macdonald on Flickr used under Creative Commons license CC by 2.0

Operational Efficiency: Learning from Leicester City’s Premiership Success

What can universities learn from Leicester City’s Premiership success? Perhaps more than you realise. Alison Kennell, University Secretary at York St John University discusses parallels identified between football management and institutional efficiency in a recent project to introduce LEAN processes. 


Rachel Sandby-Thomas - Registrar, University of Warwick

Meet Our Members: Rachel Sandby-Thomas, University of Warwick

Rachel Sandby-Thomas joined the University of Warwick as Registrar in August 2016, after a career of 23 years in Central Government, most recently as Director General at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Here she talks about the transition to higher education and her role at Warwick.