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.
Our 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?
Rachel Cowgill, Chair of NAMHE, has written to the membership as follows: Dear all I'm writing to you as Chair of the National Association...
The AGM of May 7 2013 confirmed the election of Prof. Rachel Cowgill (Cardiff) as the new chair of NAMHE, succeeding Prof. Thomas...