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.


– To develop and enhance the leadership and management of teaching, learning and research in the arts, social sciences and humanities.

– To support senior academic managers in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and provide a professional forum for members to exchange information and experience.

– To promote the shared interests of all subject areas of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in Higher Education in the UK and globally.

– To disseminate information and provide a forum for the discussion of government policy as it impacts on the academic environment in Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities.

– To work with research councils, learned societies and other appropriate bodies to promote the value of research and education in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

– To promote policies which encourage diversity and equal opportunities in teaching, learning, research and management in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.