Survival of the Fittest? Promoting Dance, Drama and Music through UK Higher Education

Please see the outline details below for a day of debate with colleagues from Dance, Drama and Music.

We hope this is the first of many joint meetings and a good opportunity to share experience and ideas for future development.

Try the link to register, if it doesn’t work today it will be open very shortly.    Best wishes fiona

Survival of the Fittest?

Promoting Dance, Drama and Music through UK Higher Education


Date: Saturday 28 February 2015

Time: 9.30am – 17.45pm

Venue: Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Cost: £25 (waged); £10 (unwaged and postgraduate)


How do we ensure that our disciplines continue to flourish in the increasingly competitive environment of UK HE? This one-day symposium, organised by the subject associations representing Music (NAMHE), Dance (DanceHE) and Drama and Performance (SCUDD) in HE, explores some of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing the performing arts in the current climate.

The main themes and confirmed speakers for the day are:


·         Recruitment: a presentation by Helen Thorne, Director of Policy and Research, UCAS

·         The new model HEA: presentation by Dr Jennie Osborne

·         Teaching and researching live and mediated performance: panel with Prof. Nicki Shaughnessy, Prof. Sarah Whatley and ANO

·         REF 2014: members of the UoA35 sub-panel (Prof. Maria Delgado, Prof. Simon McVeigh, Prof. Sarah Whatley, Dr Kate Dorney) in discussion with Prof. Eric Clarke in the chair

·         New patterns of employment, creative and professional practice and employability: panel chaired by Dr Paul Kleiman.


Lunch, coffee, tea, etc., will be provided. A full schedule for the day will be available shortly.


The event will be offer the opportunity to share issues, ideas and solutions with colleagues across the arts and to establish connections that will lead to continued discussions: it is intended that this event become the first in a series of collaborative events.


For full details and registration, see:


We look forward to seeing you there:


Dr Fiona Bannon (Chair of DanceHE)

Professor Rachel Cowgill (Chair of NAMHE)

Emeritus Professor Stephen Lacey (Chair of SCUDD)