About DASSH

About us

The Council of University Deans of Arts & Humanities (CUDAH) was founded in 1986 as a result of an initiative by the British Academy then under the presidency of Sir Antony Kenney.  The British Academy wanted to consult over the future of the arts and humanities in an informed forum that went beyond the Academy’s Fellowship.  In May 2006, the Standing Council for the Arts and Social Sciences (SCASS) formally merged with CUDAH to form CUDASSH.CUDASSH (from 2009 DASSH-UK) is the national forum for Deans and leaders of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines in Higher Education institutions and seeks to be an authoritative voice for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities across the UK.

DASSH-UK has grown into an organisation which consults with the AHRC, QAA, funding councils and government departments, the British Academy and other academic and public institutions about the future of the arts and humanities in higher education in this country, in Europe and beyond.

Aims

  • To promote the shared interests of all subject areas of the arts, social sciences and humanities in Higher Education in the UK, with regard to, inter alia:
    1. Curriculum
    2. Research
    3. Funding and recruitment
    4. Engagement with external agencies
  • To represent and support senior academic managers in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with regard to, inter alia:
    1. Career progression and succession planning
    2. Managing change
    3. H.R issues
    4. Financial training
    5. Strategic planning
  • To work with the research councils, learned societies and other research funding bodies to raise the profile and awareness of the value and range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research arts, social sciences and humanities
  • To lead or take part in research projects in collaboration with other research agencies that will further this awareness.

Current and Future Plans

  • Working with stakeholders on research assessment proposals (including responses to the Research Excellence Framework)
  • Research on employability issues affecting arts, social sciences and humanities graduates
  • Consideration of the curriculum impact of improved access and widening participation on learning and teaching
  • Consideration of best practice in developing Knowledge Exchange opportunities for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

DASSH Constitution