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

Technical Alliance

CHEAD is delighted to announce the addition of a Technical Alliance to its range of sector specific networks.

This specialist Technical Alliance will bring together technicians, technical tutors and technical leaders.

Inclusive Learning, Digital Futures

Join us to hear from members with examples of inclusive learning and digital practice, developed in response to recent challenges. This will be an opportunity for members to share innovations and insights into inclusive learning and digital practice.

Research Alliance

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.

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

Latest News & Resources

Design For Planet Festival: Register Now!

Design For Planet Festival: Register Now! CHEAD are attending this landmark, galvanising event and alongside supporting the Design Council's festival by attending in person, we are encouraging members, students and designers to attend the FREE online streamed...

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Arts Emergency – Call for Mentors

Arts Emergency, a mentoring charity and support network that helps underrepresented young people get ahead in the creative and cultural industries are currently looking for arts and humanities professionals who would be interested in mentoring a young person in 2022....

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Call for external examiners

Request kindly provide by Helen Turner, Associate Head, Fine Art, Illustration and Photography External Examiner – BA Illustration Opening Date:20 Sep 2021 Closing Date:31 Oct 2021 Institution: York St John University. Location: UK, Yorkshire The School of The Arts at...

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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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