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

Climate Justice: Decolonising Decarbonisation series

This series of creative and critical encounters brings together artists, designers, media makers and educators, including those from the Global South to ask, how might transformative pedagogies and anti-racist practices help integrate regenerative ecologies and restorative justice?

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.

Technical Alliance Facing the Future: Identity, community, responsibility 

Wednesday 20th July 2022, 9am – 5pm

This event will bring members of the CHEAD Technical Alliance together for the first time.  There will be an opportunity for you to meet other technical specialists within your discipline and a chance to network and share experiences.


Are you planning on showcasing your graduating students end of year projects online in 2022? CHEAD Conference sponsors ARTSTHREAD is a tried-and-trusted platform for emerging creatives who have been promoting students and recent graduates to the industry for well over a decade.

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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Members’ Gallery

Higher education art and design sits at the heart of the UK’s world leading creative industries. Visit our gallery to view more work produced within CHEAD member institutions.

In addition, we run a network for staff from CHEAD member galleries. Find out more information about the network.

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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