Quality of Research
School of Music
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
The School of Music is a lively and ambitious centre dedicated to world-leading research. The School’s activities are located in three broad areas: composition; historical musicology and performance practice; and ethnomusicology and popular music.
The School organises a series of seminars, lectures and workshops at which postgraduate researchers, students and staff exchange experiences and views on research and compositional topics. The School has also established a Postgraduate Research fund from which a number of studentships are offered each year.
The study of contemporary music is a lively and integral part of the research culture.
Of major significance has been the development of the Prague Concert Life 1850-81 database; supported by the Leverhulme Trust this is an innovative annotated catalogue of musical events in Prague at a particularly significant time in its cultural history. In a different field, the Concert Programmes Database for the UK and Northern Ireland presents for the first time a catalogue of the holdings of leading libraries, archives and museums of this neglected resource, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Both databases are regularly used by international scholars and library professionals.
Two research centres with their own dedicated facilities further support the School’s research strengths. The Central European Music Research Centre is a leading centre for the study of the music of Central and East-Central Europe. The Centre for Research into Historically-Informed Performance was formed as a result of a Science Research Investment Fund grant and seeks to provide a laboratory for research into the history of performance.
The quality of the School’s work attracts research income from all major research councils, including the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as well as public bodies such as Channel 4 and the Arts Council.