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
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.
Cultural Recovery Partnerships
This event aims to explore the way forward for cultural recovery partnerships between UK higher education institutions and arts and culture organisations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and also opportunities for innovation and the roadmap for recovery.
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
Re:Tension: Using Film and Debate to tackle racism in HE: A Toolkit and training session for universities
Re:Tension is a short 20 minute film that follows Thapelo, a bright and capable university student, on a day where he is unwittingly forced to question the judgements of his tutors and peers, and delve deeper into his own actions, choices and beliefs. Re:Tension...
In late January 2021 the Department for Education published four papers affecting further and higher education, including the regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), making a change in the top-up funding for high cost subject areas meaning Art and Design courses...
Newly released infographics demonstrate the economic impact of the creative industries sector. The Gross Value Added (GVA) of the UK creative industries was provisionally estimated at £115.9bn in 2019 current prices, before the disruption caused by the COVID-19 global...
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.