The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design is the association of educational institutions with degree or postgraduate provision in art and design.


CHEAD is the representative body for the art, design, creative media, and related disciplines in higher education. 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.

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CHEAD Research Alliance

The CHEAD Research Alliance supports research leadership and develop activities and resources to support researchers in the sector. The Alliance also advises and supports the CHEAD Executive on research issues, identifies key issues, provides intelligence and disseminates policy updates. The CHEAD Research Alliance also submits policy responses on behalf of the Alliance and provides advocacy within CHEAD’s networks and externally.

The CHEAD Research Alliance holds regular events for members of the network throughout the year. See our Events page.

Member profile

Staffordshire University

The mission of the School of Creative Arts and Engineering is to develop the artists, designers and …

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CHEAD membership is open to institutions offering higher education in art and design, and our members include all types of higher education institutions (small-specialist, Russell Group, post-92 university, public as well as privately funded).