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?
NAMHE has responded to HEFCE's consultation on research metrics. Our response is provided here…
NAMHE has joined the campaign to Protect Music Education. Chair Rachel Cowgill sent the following response to the Government's consultation on…
NAMHE received many anxious appeals from members about the planned closure of the Institute for Musical Research. Rachel Cowgill wrote to the…
The Government has published its response to last year's 16–19 Accountability Consultation. Many thanks indeed to everyone who…