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For a single institutional subscription, all the members of the HR function within the institution are able to enjoy the following benefits:

UHR members’ mailbase

Members of the HR team in your institution are able, individually, to join the UHR mailbase, the current vehicle for much of the discussion and information exchange among members. Topics range from the strategic to the prosaic and discussion is often lively. There is also a separate mailbase for HR Directors. To join or to put members of your staff on the general mailbase, you should contact admin@uhr.ac.uk.

UHR web site

The UHR web site forms a useful resource for members, giving up to date information about events and activities affecting UHR members, and enabling members to share information and access documents. To gain access to the members’ pages, you should contact admin@uhr.ac.uk.

Development Days & Continuing Professional Development

There are normally three or four Development Days a year, held in London. Depending on the size of your institution, you may send up to seven delegates free of charge. A regular annual event is an acclaimed employment law update, held in three different locations. The Development Days are publicised via the UHR mailbase and on the UHR website or contact Lesley Broughton cpd@uhr.ac.uk for the latest information. There is also a CPD programme each year, providing development opportunities for all HR staff from administrators through to directors (available to download from the CPD section of the Resources section of this website).

National Conference

UHR’s annual conference, held in May, is our biggest event and presents a great opportunity to gain professional updating and learn from and network with colleagues, attracting some 250 UK, Ireland and overseas delegates. The members delegate rate is significantly less than for non-members (substantially subsidised, thanks to the sponsorship our conference attracts). Information is available on the UHR web site, through which bookings may also be made nearer the time.

UHR Groups

As an HR Director or equivalent, you will be able to attend the regular UHR group meetings organised for your area.  You may want to contact the Chair of your group to ensure that they include you on mailings about group meetings. You can find the current Chairs, who each have a seat on the UHR Executive on the Groups and Regions page


UHR operates a mentoring framework for HR staff, details of which are available from the Executive Director. An HR Benchmarking Group, in conjunction with DLA, offers UHR members the opportunity to take part at a discounted rate. If you need more information, you can contact Bill Taylor at DLA (Bill.Taylor@dlapiper.com). The People Management Framework enables institutions to measure their people management interventions and strategic HR planning against institutional objectives. You can find out more on the mentoring pages.

Liaison with other professional bodies

UHR, as a body able to speak collectively for the personnel professionals in Higher Education, also maintains senior level contacts with a range of agencies, such as:


For example, a project funded jointly by UHR and HEFCE, led to the development of the People Management Framework for HEIs. Beyond the UK, UHR also maintains an active link with CUPA-HR in North America and with the Association of Commonwealth Universities HR Network.

UHR subscription rates

Since 1 January 2007, the annual subscription rates (inc vat) have been as follows:

LevelAnnual TurnoverSubscription (£ per annum)
Level A & Ireland Up to £30m £375
Level B £30m to £100m £475
Level C £100m to £166m £675
Level D Over £166m £975

Member institutions are entitled to book a number of free places at UHR development days (subject to availability), according to the level of subscription paid, as set out below:

LevelFree places
Level A 1
Level B 3
Level C 5
Level D 7

If you have queries about any aspect of UHR, you can contact the UHR Executive Director, Helen Scott, email: helen@uhr.ac.uk or telephone 01273 557425.