Survival of the fittest? A symposium about Dance, Drama an Music in HE

If you haven’t booked already be sure to reserve a place at our one-day symposium organised jointly with colleagues in SCUDD and NAMHE.  It promises to be a stimulating event and hopefully the first of many joint ventures  bringing our voices together.


Promoting Dance, Drama and Music through UK Higher Education


Date:               Saturday 28 February 2015

Time:              9.30am–6.00pm

Venue:            Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Cost:                £25 (waged); £10 (unwaged and postgraduate) – includes lunch and coffee/tea

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 programme and confirmed speakers for the day are as follows:


09.30:             Registration
10.00:             Welcome
10.15:             Recruitment issues in music, dance and drama: Helen Thorne, UCAS
11.30:             Break
11.45:             The new model HEA: Jennie Osborne
12.45:             Lunch
13.45:             Approaches to teaching and researching live and mediated performance:

Nicky Shaughnessy, Sarah Whatley and Liz Dobson

15.00:             The artist/scholar, practice-as-research and employability: 

Paul Kleiman, Jason Piper, Joe Bennett and Susanne Burns

16.15:             Break
16.30:             REF 2014: discussion with members of the UoA35 sub-panel chaired by Eric Clarke;

Maria Delgado (Drama, chair of sub-panel UoA35), Sarah Whatley (dance, sub-panel member), Simon McVeigh (music, sub-  panel Vice-Chair),  and Kate Dorney (research user)

17.45:            Thanks and closing remarks

The conference offers 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 will 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)