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.

Members

Art & design graduates each year

Value of research income in millions

Annual Conference 2021

This conference creates a space to learn and reflect, to turn our thoughts to the renewal and reimagining of our role in a shifting, more sustainable, fairer and diverse future.

We’ll be hosting talks from keynote speakers, panel discussions, a live drawing session, virtual tours and member networking through our online event platform.

Art and Design Leadership in the here and now

A CHEAD Leadership Programme seminar providing key lightening presentations on dealing with the institutional struggle and how to flip from operationally focussed to strategic and the opportunities for delegates to bring current issues in a confidential environment.

Research Alliance

As part of its specialist professional networks, CHEAD supports a Research Alliance for research focussed colleagues in the CHEAD membership. The Alliance supports research leadership and develops activities and resources to support researchers in the sector.

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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In conversation with Greg Clark MP

In conversation with Greg Clark MP - Wednesday 28th October, 2020 – Write Up. As part of Policy Connect’s “In conversation with…” event series, CEO Jonathan Shaw spoke with Greg Clark MP to discuss his role as Chair of the Science and Technology Committee. The event...

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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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