Welcome to our new Exec Committee

We are delighted to announce our new DASSH Executive Committee.

Chair – Dr Mehreen Mirza, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, Society and Professional Studies, Newman University

Vice Chair – Dr Matthew Day, Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation), Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University

Professor Anwen Jones Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Aberystwyth University

Dr Diane Maclean, Dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University

Professor Rachel McLean, Director of Liverpool Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University

Professor Sian Rees Head of the School of Culture and Communication, Swansea University

Spring conference 2020 – Event Postponed due to COVID

We are currently living through a period of change in higher education, with changes at local, national and global levels presenting both challenges and new opportunities for universities. This event aims to support Deans, Heads of School and other leaders in our disciplines in developing new strategies that can support colleagues and students.

The event is free to DASSH Member Institutions. Please book via Eventbrite.

Speakers will include:

Professor Julia Buckingham, CBE, DSc, FRSB, Vice Chancellor of Brunel University on the review of Athena SWAN

Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy of Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) on the evolving HE policy landscape.

Laura Clarke, Arts Catalyst on how we can develop our practice to address the challenges of climate change.

The day will also include the DASSH AGM.

Full programme to follow. The speakers are subject to change and amendment.

We will continue to monitor the current Coronavirus outbreak. We encourage attendees to delay any bookings of travel and accommodation, in case of any quarantine restrictions that may result in cancellation of the event.

The event is free to DASSH member institutions.


The DASSH Spring 2020 event will take place in Central London on Friday 15th May. We are planning a programme which will include discussions on the developing HE policy landscape, the challenges of promoting sustainability, and the outcome of the Athena SWAN review. It will also include the DASSH AGM.

The event will be free to DASSH members and registration will open in the new year.

DASSH Spring Conference 2019

This year, the DASSH Spring Conference will be held on Friday 17th May in Central London.

The focus of the event will be ‘Being a Dean in Challenging Times’. With uncertainty around issues such as Brexit and the Higher Education Funding Review, we will explore both the developing policy environments, and the practical questions of how we get on with the job of running our Faculties and Schools.

The event is free for members of DASSH.


9:45 – 10:00: Tea/coffee & Registration

10.00-10.15: Welcome & Chair’s Opening Remarks

10.15-11.15: Debbie McVitty, Editor of Wonkhe. ‘The UK HE Policy Landscape’.

11:15 – 12:15: Professor Susan Bruce, Arts & Humanities Alliance coordinator. ‘ASSH Schools and Faculties and the OA Monograph Agenda’

12:15 – 13:15: Lunch & Networking

13:15 – 14:00: Nick Skeet, Assistant Director Membership (England & International) Advance HE,  Advance HE Connect: Share, Connect, Collaborate

14:00 – 15:00: Dr Rita Gardner, Chief Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences, and Sharon Witherspoon Head of Policy  of the Academy of Social Sciences, ‘Social Sciences and Plan S’

15:00 – 15:30: Closing Remarks and further opportunities to network

* NB: The Programme may be subject to change.

DASSH-UK Autumn Conference 2018

Making the Case for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Education
British Academy, London, 2nd November 2018

Speakers: Alun Evans, British Academy; Harriet Barnes, British Academy; Liz Hutchinson , British Academy; Amatey Doku, Vice-Chair, NUS; Prof. John Holmwood, Nottingham University; Prof. Julia Buckingham, Brunel University.

Programme *
9:45 – 10:00: Tea/coffee & Registration
10.00-10.15: Welcome & Chair’s Opening Remarks
10.15-11.15: Opening Address
Alun Evans, Chief Executive of the British Academy
Harriet Barnes, Head of HE and Skills Policy, British Academy
Liz Hutchinson, Director of Communications and External Relations, British Academy
11:15 – 12:15: ‘Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Education: The student perspective’, Amatey Doku, Vice-President, NUS
12:15 – 13:00: Lunch & Networking
13:00 – 14:00: ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’, Prof. John Holmwood, Nottingham University
14:00 – 15:00: ‘Athena Swan Review’, Prof. Julia Buckingham, Brunel University
15:00 – 15:30: Closing Remarks and further opportunities to network
* NB: The Programme may be subject to change.

DASSH Spring 2018 Conference

Date: Thu, 17 May 2018, 12:00 – Fri, 18 May 2018, 13:00

Venue: York St John University, Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7EX (Room SK/128, Breaks in Room SK/037)

Theme: Plotting a course through REF and TEF

Key Speakers: Prof. Anne Boddington (Kingston University and Chair of the Arts & Design UoA), Kim Hackett (Research Manager HEFCE/Research England), Prof. Susan Orr (Chair of Arts TEF panel), Ed Marsh (Chief Exec Officer, Middlesex SU), Diana Beech (HEPI), Prof. Clare Milsom (Liverpool John Moores), Prof. Neil Ward (DVC/PVC-Academic Affairs at UEA)


Thursday 17 May (TEF)

12  – 1.00pm Light lunch and Registration

1.00 Welcome

1.15 – 2.45 Session 1 (TEF)

Ed Marsh, Prof. Susan Orr, Charlie Leyland

2.45-3.15 Tea

3.15 – 4.45 Session 2 (TEF)

Dr Diana Beech, Prof. Clare Milsom, Prof. Neil Ward

5.00 AGM

6.00 Wine reception

Friday 18 May (REF)

9.00 – 9.30 Coffee and networking

9.30 – 10.30 Session 3 (Kim Hackett)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee and networking

11.00 – 12.00 Session 4 (Anne Boddington )

12.00 – 12.30 Q&A

12.30 – 1.00pm Light lunch

1pm End


DASSH Autumn 2017 Conference

Date: Friday 3rd November 2017 (10am-3.30pm)

Venue: Senate House, University of London

Theme: The ‘Ins and Outs’ of Higher Education: Recruitment, Admissions and Graduate Outcome

Key Speakers:

  • Margaret Farragher, Head of Policy and Qualifications, UCAS
  • British Academy Flagship Project’s Team (Celebrating Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

DASSH Spring 2017 Conference

Date: 12th May 2017

Venue: Bloomsbury Room, Senate House, London

Theme: Managing in a Time of Change

Key Speakers:

  • Dr Diana Beech (HEPI): “The main challenges and opportunities facing UK universities today”
  • Dr David Morris (Wonkhe): “What the TEF is going on? Breaking down the motives, methods and maneuverings around TEF”
  • Professor Jackie Labbe (University of Sheffield): “The Future of Modern Languages”
  • Professor Jane Longmore (Vice Chancellor, University of Chichester): “The HE Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme”