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 enrolments each year

Value of research income in millions

Technical Alliance event: Community and Connection

This event will bring members of the CHEAD Technical Alliance together and is an opportunity for members to meet other technical specialists to network and share experiences.

Meet CHEAD’s new Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity

Sophie Amono joins CHEAD from September to support CHEAD in the dynamic leadership in the area of CHEAD’s strategic priority of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity.

Trustee Workshop and Q&A

We are looking for new Trustees to join CHEAD in the Spring of 2024. If you’re interested in becoming a Trustee, but aren’t sure if its for you, then join us for an informal question and answer workshop with CHEAD Trustee

Annual Conference 2024

This conference will explore the past, present and future of art and design education and its capacity for impact and influence through purpose, policy and action for place, community, industry and social justice.

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

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Date and timeWednesday, 4 October 202309.00 - 19.00 LocationMuseum of Making,Derby,DE1 3AF Or Online This conference has been designed to take place alongside the Shedding Light on Long Covid Sci-Art Public Realm Research Project, installed at the Museum of Making and...

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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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