UoA 33 Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
We make a vital contribution to the discipline locally, nationally and internationally through our research in film studies, popular music and aesthetics. The breadth of our academic expertise is reflected in our submission, with impact delivered from mainstream operatic performance to culturally important Cuban drumming traditions. We have a diverse and vibrant research environment that shapes public and scholarly debates.
The strength of our research impact is reflected in a score of 3.75, with 75% considered to be outstanding in terms of reach and significance. 90% of our research environment is considered conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.
We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.
Our research environment
One of the largest university music departments in the UK, the School of Music maintains its international reputation and makes a distinctive contribution to the discipline by encouraging intellectual exchange across its sub-disciplines of composition, performance, ethnomusicology, musicology, popular and film music studies.
We make a vital contribution to the discipline locally, nationally and internationally through our main research strands and additional strengths in film studies, popular music and aesthetics. We have a diverse and vibrant research environment that shapes public and scholarly debates.
Our facilities include: a 250-seat concert hall, with organ, Bösendorfer and Steinway concert grand pianos, professional-standard recording facilities, an audio-visual system updated in 2019, 3 lecture rooms and 4 electroacoustic studios (including a main recording studio fully equipped to industry standard with an attached room for multitrack recording and a dedicated Technical Supervisor), 26 practice rooms, 3 ensemble rooms, and a Mac suite with the latest Sibelius software.
During the REF period we received £325,000 from academic funders and £155,000 from other sources such as musical and cultural organisations and trusts.
Discover our research
We celebrate creative and intellectual diversity through wide-ranging but interconnected specialisms of research which has a reach beyond academia.