ACU Course in University Administrative Practice

Supporting the professional development of university administrators across the Commonwealth

The ACU believes that university administrative staff, particularly at mid-career level, are sometimes undervalued as a profession – and consequently have the potential to contribute much more effectively to their institutions.

One way of addressing this issue is by providing opportunities for accredited professional development and recognition. To fulfil this, the ACU has worked with the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) to develop and design a course which allows administrators to exchange experience, consider real-life examples, and encourage the development of innovative solutions.

SEDA provides recognition and accreditation for professional development activity in higher education, both in the UK and internationally. Participants will receive a SEDA award in Developing Professional Practice upon successful completion of this course.

The 2017 programme

The course will commence in June 2017, with pre-workshop assignments and discussions taking place via email and an online platform.

The face-to-face workshop will take place at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria from Monday 14 to Friday 18 August 2017.

The post-workshop assignments will then continue over the following three to four months, and will include an enhancement project. The entire course takes six months to complete. 

Who can apply

We are inviting those who are at a mid-level in their career, e.g. Assistant Registrar or equivalent rank, to apply.

Candidates should be enthusiastic, highly capable, and have the potential to contribute to the future operation of their university. The course is solely aimed at administrative, rather than academic staff.

How to apply

Details about course entry and completion requirements are available in the course handbook.

If you meet the criteria and would like to apply, please fill out the application form and send it to by Monday 17 April 2017. You must also include a letter of support from your head of department; this is essential, as institutional support and cooperation is required for the completion of your project.

Please note, there are only a maximum of 20 places available – and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. 

Fees and other costs

The registration fee is: GBP £500 for participants from ACU member institutions and GBP £650 for non-members. You must submit confirmation of payment with your application – instructions are available on the application form.

You can check the membership status of your university here.

The fees include the course (six months duration) and registration fee for the five day workshop, including course materials, lunches, and refreshments during the workshop. The fees do not include travel and accommodation costs – participants will need to cover these costs themselves.

Visa, accommodation and other local arrangements

For queries regarding visa support letters, accommodation options for the face-to-face workshop, and other local arrangements, please contact Tejumola Ajao at the University of Ibadan by email:

2015 pilot programme: Administrative Staff Training Initiative 

Information about the last 2015 pilot, which took place in London, is available here.


Contact us

Evelina Vardanyan
Programme Officer