AHUA membership is institutional and open to higher education institutions (HEI) in the UK and Republic of Ireland; Associate Membership is available to HEIs in other countries.

Institutions must have their own degree awarding powers. Each institutional member can nominate up to two individuals as its representatives. They must be senior university managers, responsible for their institution’s professional services and/or the administration of the governing body, and report to the Vice-Chancellor or Chair of Council or equivalent.  Job titles include Registrar, Chief Operating Officer, Head of Administration, University Secretary.