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New Head of School

Rachel CowgillProfessor Rachel Cowgill has been appointed the new Head of the School of Music. She is replacing Professor David Wyn Jones who has stepped down to take on his Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.

"Professor Jones will be a hard act to follow", Rachel said, "but this is an exciting opportunity and it’s a privilege to be part of such talented and dedicated community of staff and students – I’m looking forward to playing a key role in the future development of the School".

Professor Cowgill was appointed to a Chair in Musicology at Cardiff University in 2011, having taught previously at Huddersfield University (1996-2000), the University of Leeds (2000-09), and Liverpool Hope University (2009-11).

She works in the area of cultural musicology, exploring the place, practice and meaning of music in its cultural, historical and political contexts. She has published widely on British music and musical life from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century; opera studies; music, conflict and memorialisation; Mozart reception and canon formation; and gender, sexuality and identity in music.

Her research has been funded by the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), and she is currently a member of the Leverhulme International Research Network ‘Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism and the Arts, c.1875-1960’.

Professor Cowgill is Chair of the National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE), a Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association, an Associate of Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, a member of the North-American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2012.