The Higher Education Committee (HEC) serves a dual function of advising the Association for Art History on matters of concern within the Higher Education sector and supporting advocacy efforts within a broader network across HE.

The Association for Art History has always had an important role in advocating for art history within Higher Education. We are building on this legacy with the work of the Higher Education Committee and the development of a larger network of academics across the United Kingdom whose aims are to promote the subject across institutional and departmental boundaries, and to ensure its continued vitality within the university sector.

Like many other arts and humanities subjects, art history is increasingly charged with contributing to conversations around a range of policy and operational areas including:

• Government higher education policy
• Excellence and exchange frameworks such as REF, TEF and KEF
• Staff and student recruitment
• Open Access
• Faculty workloads, security, division of responsibilities and career development
• Diversity, inclusiveness, non-traditional students and staff

The Higher Education Committee has created resources related to some of these aims. 

These include guidance on teaching art history online; a report on casualisation in our field and recommendations for best practice in this area. An interactive resource portal & bibliography on anti-racism & decolonial approaches and a resource list created following a decolonisation and art history pedagogy workshop held in May 2022.

The HEC is also responsible for the Higher Education Network (HEN). Click here to find out more about HEN and how to get involved, or get in touch with your regional contact via the links below.

Committee Members and Regional Responsibility

Joanna Woodall (Chair) | Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Emma Barker | Senior Lecturer, The Open University
James Boaden | Lecturer, University of York
Elizabeth Darling | Reader in Architectural History, Oxford Brookes University
Jack Hartnell | Associate Professor of Art History, University of East Anglia
Joseph McBrinn | Reader in Art and Design History, Ulster University
Stephanie O’Rourke | Lecturer, University of St Andrews
Melissa Percival | Professor, University of Exeter
Lara Pucci | Assistant Professor in Art History, University of Nottingham
Samuel Raybone | Lecturer in Art History and Director of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching, Aberystwyth University
Natasha Ruiz-Gomez | Senior Lecturer, University of Essex
Greg Salter | Lecturer in History of Art, University of Birmingham
Amanda Sciampacone | Staff Tutor, Open University
Amy Tobin | Lecturer, University of Cambridge
Sabine Wieber | Lecturer in History of Art, Architecture and Design, University of Glasgow
Hannah Williams | Lecturer, Queen Mary University
Edward Wouk | Reader in Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester

In memoriam: Jutta Vinzent | University of Birmingham | West Midlands

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