UHR 2020 CUPA Conference Bursary & USA Study Visit


You can now apply for the UHR bursary to the CUPA-HR conference in the United States, with an opportunity to arrange a CPD study visit to a local university. Florida is calling.


UHR is again offering the opportunity to an HR professional in mid-career, to attend the annual CUPA-HR Conference, this year in Orlando, Florida from Sunday 4 – Tuesday 6 October. This development opportunity includes UHR funding for conference attendance, accommodation, and reasonable subsistence and travel costs. Further support to visit a local university in the area is also available.


What is the opportunity?

CUPA-HR is the equivalent of UHR in the USA, and for many years, there has been reciprocal attendance at our conferences between the two organisations. In 2020, as well as the UHR Chair attending, one of UHR’s delegate places will be offered to an HR professional in mid-career, to encourage international, reciprocal learning and develop talent within the HE sector in the UK.


CUPA-HR Annual Conference 4 - 6 October 2020

This conference provides the opportunity to connect with HE HR professionals from the USA, and other areas, with over 1000 delegates and a large sponsors’ exhibition. The format of the conference is similar to the UHR conference, with a mix of plenaries, workshops and other social and networking opportunities.


A short study visit to an HR department in a US university

Applicants for the UHR bursary should also identify one or more US universities, possibly in Florida or the surrounding area, to which they would arrange a short study visit to take place just before or after the conference. This might be to understand the university’s approach to HR, or its handling of particular topics of mutual interest; or, where it has a reputation for good practice, the chance to see this at a detailed level; alternatively, the HEI may already have a link with the applicant’s own organisation, which could be enhanced; or it could be a contrasting type, such as a ‘for-profit’, or a two-year degree provider.

Rhona Bain of Edinburgh Napier University and 2019 winner of the bursary, said: "The CUPA Conference and EXPO experience was incredible and together with the opportunity to visit and meet counterparts in other universities, who are facing the same challenges, was a career high for me.  I would urge anyone considering applying to go for it!"


Who can apply?

Please read our further information for eligibility criteria and full information on this fantastic one-off career development opportunity.



Wednesday 18th March 2020, Midday


2020 Further information
2020 Application form

Learn more about the former winners of the UHR-CUPA Bursary 

You might want to read some of the UHR blogs based on the winners' study visits at www.uhr.ac.uk/blog/








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