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UHR - an Introduction

For those newer to the sector or not yet on top of how UHR can help them, we will be releasing a set of mini-films this year, the first of which is online now. We promise this series won’t extend endlessly and become a kind of X-Men style franchise, not least because we tried the costumes on and they didn’t fit. But when given the chance to explain our work, the UHR team weren’t at all shy. Hope you enjoy.

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The UHR Annual Review 2022 - 23

The UHR Annual Review 2022-23 provides an overview of the association's activities during this academic year, including the development of new programmes, and the introduction of new events, during a period which has seen a remarkable 30% uplift in attendance at learning events.



Workshop submissions call open for #UHR24


Martin Higgs

The UHR 2024 Conference will run online from 14 to 16 May 2024 and once more we look forward to welcoming 2000+ delegates from UK universities and beyond to our conversations. Our theme for #UHR24 is ‘Future Imperfect: Thinking Ahead’ and today we are opening the submissions process for workshops, business and legal sessions. There is a deadline of 29 November for your responses.

2023 Employment Law updates now booking


Martin Higgs

UHR’s annual Employment Law updates have been a popular pre-Christmas fixture in our events calendar for a good number of years and regular attendees will be pleased to know that 2023 dates have now been fixed and booking is open for 7 December and 13 December. You’d be welcome to join us.

UHR 2023 Remit Survey results out now


Martin Higgs

Our 2023 Remit Survey results have been launched. How big is the average HR Team in the HE Sector? What is the average HR Budget as a % of overall Provider income? What is the single biggest challenge facing HR Leaders?

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Are you a UHR Trailblazer?

The 2024 UHR TrailBlazers programme is for applicants at the early stage of their HR professional career. This talent development programme has been designed to test your personal qualities in a range of activities, whilst at the same time helping you to enhance your confidence and resilience. We hope that participating in this talent development programme will encourage you to achieve more than you thought possible in your career. UHR is keen to create an environment where talent can shine, and to offer opportunities for everyone to learn, grow and stretch themselves. Through your participation, your organisation is telling you that you have the potential skills and qualities to be a future leader in Higher Education and the wider public sector. It will be up to you to make the most of this unique experience and to cherish your networks online and offline over the coming months and years.

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What to do about the reluctant complainer?

This article from VWV is one of a series published on the UHR website in the run-up to UHR’s 2022 Conference: Everyone Onboard! “It’s a difficult situation. Employee A approaches a member of the HR team and describes how they feel they have been discriminated against by colleagues but say they don't want to take the issue any further. What should HR do next?”

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Global Mobility Roundtables - bookings now live

Vialto are running face-to-face global mobility roundtables for the H E sector, in Birmingham, Edinburgh and London.

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Global Mobility: Releasing HR's strategic potential

The UK Higher Education sector continues to respond to the opportunities, and grapple with the challenges, arising from the new workforce operating models necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the changing regulatory landscape in general. A number of these are not limited to the UK.

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