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UK Music Excited To Welcome Two New Members To Music Academic Partnership  

04.10.2023: Edge Hill University and West Suffolk College have joined UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership (MAP).  

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04.10.2023: Edge Hill University and West Suffolk College have joined UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership (MAP).  

MAP is a ground-breaking project that works to create stronger links between industry and educational institutions. MAP provides opportunities through events and networking for students, teachers and researchers, as well as the opportunity for MAP members to inform UK Music’s policy on skills and education.  

Edge Hill University has been inspiring minds since 1885. It is an inspirational and diverse environment where students can live, learn and belong and high-quality teaching brings subjects to life. Its award-winning on-campus accommodation provides a home away from home and the support goes beyond the classroom to help students reach their potential, and students have access to industry-standard equipment and software, three recording studios, several practice rooms, computer labs specifically outfitted for music production, and other media production facilities. They offer a BA (Hons) in Music Production, with modules in creative music technology, songwriting and popular music performance, recording, research, and composition and sound design for media.   

West Suffolk College is one of the country’s leading further education providers which also offers apprenticeships and a range of degrees through their University Studies Centre. They have a range of vocational music courses available spanning from Level 1, 2 and 3 through to Level 4 Professional Diplomas and a new BA (Hons) Commercial Music Degree. Courses range from music performance and songwriting, through to studio and live production and electronic music production, ensuring many employment pathways within the industry are covered. Classes are delivered within industry-ready recording studios, edit suites, Mac labs and rehearsal spaces. 

UK Music’s Director of Education and Skills Dr Oliver Morris said: 

“I’m really excited to welcome Edge Hill University and West Suffolk College into MAP. Both have fantastic campuses and offer excellent courses to their students. We’re looking forward to working with them to deliver even more opportunities to link their students to industry.  

“Edge Hill has a fascinating history and – much like my hometown of Aberystwyth – offers a university experience in a beautiful rural setting. Likewise West Suffolk College services a large rural area around Bury St Edmunds and is key for so many young people looking to explore both their creativity and creative careers in that area. 

“I am looking forward to working with the teams in both institutions and meeting their students as we work together to improve access to creative education and creative careers.” 

Edge Hill University’s Michael L. Austin, Senior Lecturer in Music and Sound and Programme Leader in Music Production said: 

“We’re beyond excited to partner with UK Music! Edge Hill University’s status as rural, residential university comes with tons of benefits, but being a part of UK Music’s MAP will really help to provide our students with the same opportunities to connect with music industry professionals that are usually only afforded to students at large universities in large cities.  

“We can’t wait to get plugged in and contribute to the great work UK Music is doing in both education and the music industry. 

West Suffolk College’s Head of Music and Media, Joe Stocking said:  

“We are honoured to have been accepted on to UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership. We firmly believe that music is a universal language, capable of transcending barriers and connecting people from all walks of life. 

“We are in essence a rural college, but by facilitating accessible participation through the breadth and delivery of our courses, we are actively opening doors for those who have been marginalised due to limited resources or educational opportunities.  

“Our goal is to empower students to explore their musical talents, develop their creativity and pursue their dreams within the music industry. Joining UK Music’s MAP will become an integral part of this journey.” 

MAP has 21 members, ranging from colleges and universities to qualification providers. To find out more about MAP: https://www.ukmusic.org/skills-academy/music-academic-partnership/  

If you have any questions regarding MAP contact UK Music’s Director of Education & Skills Dr Oliver Morris: oliver.morris@ukmusic.org 

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