About Us

CHEIA, the Council for Higher Education Internal Audit, was formed in September 1992 and has become the voice of internal audit in the Higher Education sector.

We provide a network for our members – the individuals who deliver internal audit services to universities, whether they are staff within in-house teams, consortia or external firms, as well as institutional staff who liaise with internal auditors - for the promulgation of best practice and for professional development.

Internal Audit is an important part of a university’s governance arrangements. It provides assurance to senior management, governing bodies, audit committees and external stakeholders (such as funding bodies) that key risks are being managed effectively. Audit findings highlight areas for improvement and help managers develop more effective policies, procedures and processes. The role of internal audit is set out by the Higher Education Funding Councils.


CHEIA’s primary objective is to enhance the effectiveness of internal audit in the HE sector through:

These objectives are achieved through networking, information sharing, and professional development activities offered to members.

This primary objective is further supported by a medium-term development plan. The development plan sets out priorities for the enhancement of the services offered by CHEIA to its membership. The development plan can be accessed here.


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The CHEIA Executive

CHEIA’s activities are organised by an elected (voluntary) Executive team, supported by a part-time Membership Officer.

Meet the CHEIA Executive

Our events

Find out about upcoming events and our annual conference.



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