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
Facing the Future: Planning for Generation Z/Alpha/C
In the coming years, the higher education sector will need to prepare for the arrival of Generation Z, Alpha and C cohorts. The first generation to be brought up in the digital world, educators need to be thinking now about how their experience will shape their learning and behaviour.
Graduate Showcases 2021
Find links to all 2021 online graduate showcases from participating CHEAD members to promote and showcase this years cohort and celebrate their achievement.
The CHEAD Research Alliance brings together researchers and researcher leaders within CHEAD members institutions and holds regular events for members of the Alliance throughout the year.
Latest News & Resources
Leading UK visual arts institutions & art schools unite against proposed government cuts to arts education
The Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) is proud to be one of over 300 signatories to the open letter to Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson against the proposed cuts to arts education. Read the letter in full:...
Leeds Beckett University’s (LBU) new £80m Leeds School of Arts building can now be seen in full detail for the very first time thanks to a cutting edge, interactive model just released online. The virtual tour of the flagship building is among the largest of its kind...
Are you planning on showcasing your graduating students end of year projects online in 2021? CHEAD members can benefit from a 20% discount for their end of year student showcase bespoke app for each university or college. As you may know ArtsThread recently created an...
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.
Our reputation is built on world-leading teaching, alongside world-leading research, disseminated in the form of publications, exhibitions, installations and interventions.