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

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) and the Institute of Musical Research (IMR), 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

Next event:

The next scheduled NAMHE conference is to be held at The School of Music & Performing Arts, Bath Spa University on 6 May 2014 and is entitled 'Learning Communities: Co-Creating Vision and Sharing Practice in Higher Music Education'. More information on this conference is available.



16–19 Accountability Consultation: Government Response published

The Government has published its response to last year's 16–19 Accountability Consultation. Many thanks indeed to everyone who…


Russell Group's 'Facilitating Subjects' Category

For the attention of members in Russell Group institutions: Dear NAMHE members We have received some email from members working in Russell…


NAMHE's position on Facilitating Subjects

The NAMHE Committee is concerned about the implications for Music in Higher Education of the Russell Group's identification of eight…


Job opportunity with NAMHE

A six month research project opportunity is currently available with NAMHE: Researcher – Gender and Equality in Higher Education…