It is increasingly recognised that music offers enormous potential for social benefit, and the Faculty has established an outreach programme that both takes students and staff out into the wider community, and brings a wide range of different groups into the Faculty. Supported by grants from HEFCE’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and the University’s Active Community Fund, our Outreach Officer, Ruth Hardie, has developed an ambitious portfolio of activities for secondary schools and colleges and primary schools alongside community projects and public events.
The menu at the top of this page will take you to information about our work in specific areas. For examples of past projects, with pictures and descriptions, try our Projects Archive.
Students play an active role in these events and we see the opportunity to be involved in such projects as adding an important dimension to the education available within the Faculty. Since the foundation of the programme in May 2009, more than 300 students and academic volunteers have given hundreds of hours of their time to outreach projects which have engaged with thousands of people. As a result of this work, we now see outreach and community involvement as an essential part of the Faculty’s work and of our students’ experience. We are pleased to announce that we have secured a further four year funding stream (HEIF5) to continue the work of our outreach porgramme, with the hope to expand further to offer even more opportunities, projects and events to local and national groups.