Membership of ARC is on an institutional basis.

A list of current institutions with ARC membership and the contacts at each institution can be found here.

Under its constitution, all public UK universities, constituent colleges of the Universities of London and Wales and Colleges of Higher Education are entitled to one member on ARC and an additional space on the mailing list.

ARC facilitates the exchange of best practice and encourages debate through its members discussion forum.

Criteria for membership

Please see this document for information on the criteria for membership of the Academic Registrars’ Council (ARC) as well as the application process.


ARC membership fees are dependent on the size of an institution as supplied by HESA.

FTEs Subscriptions (2022/23 period)
5,000 and less


5,001 – 10,000


10,001 – 15,000 £652.80
15,001 – 20,000 £775.20
Over 20,000 £1,035.30

Membership runs from 1 August - 31 July with invoices raised in the first quarter of the academic year.