Council for Higher Education Internal Auditors (CHEIA)

CHEIA, the Council for Higher Education Internal Auditors, 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 aims to enhance the effectiveness of internal audit in the HE sector by:

  • promoting good practice for internal audit providers to meet the needs of HEIs and the sector's stakeholders;
  • promoting and developing the role and status of Internal Audit in Higher Education.

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

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