The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design

CHEAD is the association of educational institutions with degree or postgraduate provision in art and design. 

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CHEAD provides a voice for and on behalf of higher education art and design in the UK four nations advancing knowledge and understanding in the sector and promoting the sector’s interests to others. We carry out research, scan the policy horizon, brief our members, facilitate networking opportunities for senior staff from within and outside HE as well as helping to shape higher education art and design policy on our members’ behalf. We facilitate specialist internal networks supporting art and design research leaders, Subject Associations, and HE gallery leaders.


Art & design graduates each year

Value of research income in millions

Realising Art and Design Research in Policymaking Decisions

This policy paper summarises the key messages from the roundtables and policy workshop, with three main recommendations

Trustee Vacancies

In the Spring 2023, a number of Trustee opportunities become available for those who want to play a significant part in the progress of an engaged, dynamic and active organisation, passionate about art and design higher education.

REF Reflections and Future Toolkit

This meeting will bring together members of the Research Alliance to reflect on the REF 2021 report and to discuss how we might we go forward with creating a toolkit.

Focus on Programme Leader

Tuesday  25 October, 9.30am – 14.30pm

The Leadership Programme of seminars has been running for many years and is intended to support the development of the current and next generation of academic leaders in our sector. It is aimed at people such as Programme Leaders, Associate Deans and Heads of Department.

It was my first visit to such an event - having only recently been made course leader. I found the experience very valuable, not only in terms of the discussions and presentations but also as a social / networking event. It's good to feel part of a community. The organisation and hospitality was incredibly well organised and welcomed

– University of Cumbria

I have to say I thought the day was excellent - as per usual - each talk sparked many ideas of how we could make significant improvements in Portsmouth. I have decided that these need to be attended by more than one person from my School / Faculty going forward though, and then try and clear the day following to discuss and digest through follow up planning meetings! Thanks again for another excellent day and for all your hard work at CHEAD.

– University of Portsmouth

Latest News & Resources

Realising Art and Design Research in Policymaking Decisions

Earlier this year, we were delighted to hold two roundtables and a policy workshop with The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Design and Innovation (APDIG) to create solutions for how government and the creative industries can better realise art and design research in...

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FACE and RACE 2022 – Free event

Announcing The FACE Summit: Thursday 13th October 5-8pm (GMT) & Friday 14th October 11.30 am-7pm (GMT) a FREE event to platform research on identity, power, representation and belonging. This is an intersectional fashion...

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2022 Digitally Engaged Learning Conference

2022 Digitally Engaged Learning Conference

Registration for the 2022 Digitally Engaged Learning Conference is now open. DEL conference is a free and online international conference exploring digitally engaged teaching and learning in art and design. The conference runs on 22 & 23 September and this year’s...

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CHEAD Members

Visit our members directory to view the profiles of CHEAD member institutions.

Member Profiles

Newcastle University

Our reputation is built on world-leading teaching, alongside world-leading research, disseminated in the form of publications, exhibitions, installations and interventions.

Leeds School of Arts

Leeds School of Arts, with a history that spans over 170 years is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact.

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