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Celebrating Excellence Awards 2017

15 November 2017

Music School of the Year 2017
Catherine Chapman, Dr Arlene Sierra and Dr Daniel Bickerton celebrate Music's win of School of the Year 2017

The School of Music has been awarded School of the Year at the Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Awards 2017.

The School was presented with the award at a dinner and presentation on the 9th November, hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Holford and Chief Operating Officer, Jayne Sadgrove.

One of the UK’s leading Music departments, the School has soared through the national league tables in recent years, now proudly sitting at 8th in the UK in the Times Good University Guide.

The School was commended for its dedication to producing highly-employable graduates, with 93% of 2014/15 graduates in employment or further study, as well as the School's continued research excellence, and proactive outreach achieved through its concert and recording series’.

The School was also praised for its strong focus on international student mobility, resulting in a 180% increase in placements and international study in the last academic year, with students benefiting from exchange programmes with three North America universities and a University Orchestra trip to Xiamen, China in February.

Professor Ken Hamilton, Head of the School of Music, said: “This award is a true testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff and students, and the supportive musical community that we cherish at the School. We are delighted that our unique School has been recognised by the University as School of the Year.”

The awards recognise groups and individuals who go the extra mile, and recognise the contributions made by colleagues from across the University. This year 195 nominations were received across 15 categories of the award.

Celebrating Excellence 2017 Winners
All of the winners at the Celebrating Excellence Awards 2017

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