UHR 2019 CUPA Conference Bursary & USA Study Visit

Learn more about the winners of the UHR-CUPA Bursary 

What is the UHR-CUPA Bursary?

Following the success of the bursary in 2017 and 2018, UHR has again offered the opportunity to an HR professional in mid-career, to attend the annual CUPA-HR conference, this year in Denver, Colorado, from 20 to 22 October.  This development opportunity includes UHR funding conference attendance, accommodation, and reasonable subsistence and travel costs. Further support to visit a local university in the area is also available.

CUPA is the equivalent of UHR in the USA, and for many years, there has been reciprocal attendance between the two organisations by two senior members of their executives. UHR agreed with CUPA that one of its delegate places would be offered to an HR professional in mid-career, to encourage international, reciprocal learning and develop talent within the HE sector in the UK.

A key UHR aim is to enable HR innovation and learning from each other, and to build our professional skills base: the conference and study visit gave a great opportunity to do this, and there has never been a time when it’s been more important to promote learning from organisations beyond the UK.

Applications for the 2019 bursary have now closed. But, if you are thinking ahead to next year, who could apply for the bursary?

To be eligible applicants need to be:

  • Employed by a UHR member institution and expect to be so employed at the time of the conference;
  • CIPD qualified, and working at a professional level below Director at CIPD profession map level 3 or 4 (e.g. senior HR manager, Assistant or Deputy Director);
  • looking for opportunities to enhance your HR competence and grow personally and professionally;
  • willing and able to commit the required time, as outlined;
  • fully supported by your HR Director and your organisation, to participate;
  • committed to sharing and using the knowledge and experience gained, for the long-term benefit of the HE HR community
  • The recipient will be selected based on the areas for development they identify on their application, and the likely benefit that they and the HR profession within HE will gain.

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


The deadline for applications for 2020 has not yet been announced.


Please note that the application form and information below relate to the 2019 application process and are only provided here as a guide to future applicants - we cannot yet guarantee the 2020 process will be identical in all respects.
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