discussion forum

Share your views on any matter of interest or concern relating to HE Music by visiting our discussion forum.

contact details

Alison Marlow,
NAMHE Administrator,
42 Constance Road,
Tel: 01905 455125

imr travel grants

Download the form to apply for an IMR Travel Grant.

last event details

View details and download summary documents of our previous events by visiting our past conferences section.


The National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE) is the subject association for all institutions, departments and individuals engaged in Higher Education music provision in the UK. It brings together conservatoires and universities to discuss issues regarding teaching, research, engagement with pre-HE and non-HE music, and HE policy. Our job is to promote – internally as well as externally – the interests of the sector and those engaged in it, to raise awareness of the creative, cultural and economic benefits of a vibrant HE music field, and to maintain the health of music as a discipline in UK HE. We work closely with other organisations, such as the Royal Musical Association (RMA), Music Mark (the UK Association for Music Education), Institute of Musical Research (IMR), Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), as well as learned societies and subject associations in other fields where our interests and priorities overlap.

On behalf of the sector, we interact with the government, policymakers and bodies such as the funding and research councils and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), on a number of issues that impact on HE music, most recently on the REF and A-level qualifications (‘E-Bacc’). We also fund projects (often in collaboration with other bodies) on topics of relevance to the sector at large.

On this website, you will find information on recent and forthcoming activities, committee membership, our JISCMail discussion forum, and a series of links to other organisations engaged in HE music.

Prof. Rachel Cowgill, NAMHE ChairOur annual conference engages with issues of current interest to members; recent conferences were on the Research Excellence Framework (REF), on ‘Education, Employability and Skills’, on ‘Impact’, and on ‘Managing’ Student Expectations. Every member institution is entitled to send two delegates to the conference free of charge – why not join us at our next gathering in May 2014?

Best wishes,

Rachel Cowgill
Chair, NAMHE



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Facilitating Subjects

The NAMHE Committee today sent the following message regarding Facilitating Subjects for the attention of Mrs Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State…


Research Metrics consultation

NAMHE has responded to HEFCE's consultation on research metrics. Our response is provided here…


Response to government funding cut proposals

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