CHEIA, the Council for Higher Education Internal Auditors, is the network group for higher education internal audit providers and anyone interested in governance, risk and assurance. 

CHEIA was formed in September 1992 and became a Special Interest Organisation (SIO) of Professional HE Services (PHES) Ltd in August 2019.

We are the voice of higher education internal audit and provide a single point of contact with internal audit providers in the sector, a source of expertise (for example on higher education working groups and bodies) and a sounding board for consultations.  We engage with regulators, funders and interested and related bodies to promote the role and status of internal audit and in developing stakeholders’ understanding of what internal audit can do.

Who can join CHEIA?

Membership of CHEIA is open to all those with an interest in internal audit, assurance, governance and internal control in Higher Education, including Internal Audit Service providers (in-house teams, consortia and external firms), institutional staff who liaise with internal auditors (‘client side’), risk managers and members of university Audit Committees and governing bodies.

Benefits of Membership 

CHEIA offers the following benefits to members

Membership Categories

We have the following categories of membership:

  1. HE provider membership: this covers any member of staff employed by the HE provider, including in-house Internal Audit providers, internal audit ‘client managers’, risk managers, audit committee members, etc
  2. other internal audit providers (eg firms, consortia)
  3. individual ‘friend of CHEIA’ (alumni)
  4. corporate friend of CHEIA’ eg funders, regulators, research bodies, SLC.

If your organisation already has HE provider membership, you can register on the website.

If you are interested in joining CHEIA, please email for further information.



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