Leeds Beckett University is one of the largest HEIs in the UK, with 30,000 students and 3000 staff. It was the first institution to gain accreditation from the music industry recognised Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support), the first institution in England to gain Integrated Learning Centre status and the first institution to gain JAMES accreditation for Film (at the Northern Film School).
The School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett is a community of 1500 students and 75 academic staff, with 750 students studying on our 4 Undergraduate and 7 Postgraduate programmes in music related disciplines such as Music Technology, Production, Performance, Audio Engineering, Sound Design and composition for Film and Games and includes students engaged in PhD and post-doc research.
Key features of our research strategy include; our programme of PhD bursaries offered to music industry professionals, currently including Phil Harding (SAW), Ray Russell and Steve Lawson; research supervision by academic staff with music industry expertise, including Dr Steve Parker (The Rolling Stones); and the appointment of academic staff from the industry, such as Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie).
Our recent submission to Unit 35 of the REF included outputs assessed as World Leading. Our international music research networks include NIMiMS (Network for the Inclusion of Music in Music Studies), led by our Visiting Professor Phil Tagg. Current research projects include Disrupting Disciplines which investigates the role of the creative freelancer in the music industry.
On a regional level, the School is working with Leeds City Council on developing music industry strategy in the city, bringing together local organisations including LCC, LCoM, ArtForms, Leeds Music Trust, Chapel FM, and AMP Awards and collaborating with national industry partners such as AIM, PRS, PRSF, MU and ACE. This has led to the City’s first music & art festival for teenagers, Under The Owls.
Each year, over 250 students, staff and alumni volunteer at Latitude and Leeds Festivals through the University’s partnership with Festival Republic. Students also perform at, and help to run, the City’s music festival, Live at Leeds.
Successful alumni include MOBO, BRIT and MERCURY award winners, Rudimental, and Midem Artist Accelerator winner, Andreya Triana.