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REF 2014: Top 20 for Music Research

The 2014 REF results have secured Bangor University’s position as one of the UK’s top 20 institutions for musical research.

81% of the School of Music’s joint submission with the School of Creative Studies & Media was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally significant (3*). This represents a rise of 11% on the School’s very strong performance in the previous Research Assessment Exercise, and recognises the enormous impact of the School’s research in Wales, and across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Head of School Dr Chris Collins said “This result vindicates everything the School of Music stands for. Our research activity is rigorous and cutting-edge, but it’s also extremely broad in its scope, including research in musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance and music & health. The staff teach directly from their research specialisms, and it’s notable that we’ve achieved this fantastic result at the same time as scoring a 91% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey.

“With our fabulous geographical location, a vibrant community of staff and students, and a unique bilingual environment with an international outlook, there’s no better place to study and research music in all its facets.”

A summary table of the University’s REF results can be accessed here.

Publication date: 19 December 2014