Association of University Administrators – upcoming events

Do you have an administrative job in a professional service department or academic school? If so, you might benefit from joining the AUA (Association of University Administrators).

The AUA @ Kent network is a cross-institutional group, encompassing all backgrounds, grades and levels of experience, which aims to support and enhance its members’ professional development.

Who’s who in the AUA at Kent

There are many active AUA members at Kent with different roles within the University and the nationwide AUA organisation.

AUA Advocates at Kent this year are:

  • Natalia Crisanti, Student Engagement and Communications Officer, Student Services
  • Emma Spiller, Education & Student Experience Manager, Study of Law, Society and Social Justice
  • James Redmond, Director of Operations, Division of Natural Sciences

In this unprecedented year, we’ve had to flex and grow as HE professionals, and we hope that he AUA @ Kent network will be a source of inspiration, practical ideas and support for colleagues.

Upcoming events

Here are some of the upcoming networking and learning opportunities and events available for members of the AUA @ Kent group:

Looking after your mental health – Wed 12 May 12.30 – 13.30

A brief overview of the psychological impacts of the pandemic, including those most pertinent to the HE sector. To book, visit the AUA South Network website.

AUA Conference Presentation – Thurs 27 May 12.00 – 13.15

Hear highlights from the AUA Annual Conference 2021. This will include a shortened version of one of the working sessions delivered by Kent colleagues on Think Kent Global Showcase and the GOLD programme, and perspectives from a session on Networking. Email to receive a Teams link.

HE Beyond Brexit and Pandemic: future plans – Thurs 10 June 12.30 – 13.30

Brexit, Covid-19, and the climate emergency are forcing us as a sector to review, and in some cases, reset the way we do things. To book, visit the AUA South Network website.

Reflection on pandemic working – Fri 2 July 11.00 – 13.00

This is an opportunity to discuss our experiences and learnings of the past year and think about how we’d like to develop over the coming year. Whether you joined Kent recently, changed jobs within the organisation, or had to flex your way of working to respond to changing needs, this will help reflect on the challenges and strengths we can take forward. Email to receive a Teams link

Canterbury picnic – July tbc

Informal lunchtime gathering outside Dolche Vita cafe (or an alternative location depending on weather conditions!) come and meet others and discuss how you’ve found remote working/ return to campus/ feelings on September return. Email to be included in a Doodle poll to find a date.

 Wellbeing days on Canterbury campus – Jul/August tbc

Several sessions to help staff recharge and enhance their wellbeing such as Mindfulness, Tai Chi/ yoga/ workshop on improving sleep. Email if you’re interested to be included in a Doodle poll to find a date.

Keep in touch

To join our mailing list, find out about joining the nationwide Association of University Administrators or suggest future AUA @ Kent events, please email us at

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