School of Music and Sonic Arts

The School of Music and Sonic Arts is celebrating an impressive performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The School finished in the top 10 music departments of the Russell Group universities and came 4th amongst the UK’s music departments in terms of 'research power' , which considers both the research quality and quantity.

70% of the research in the School of Music and Sonic Arts was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and the School’s weighted average score of 2.95 is the joint highest score at Queen’s University.

The School’s superb performance acknowledges its position as one of the leading research areas at Queen’s and demonstrates the significance of the School’s work at an international level.

A key feature of the School’s RAE strategy, which was noted positively by the RAE panel, was the blending of traditional music research in areas such as musicology and composition with new areas of activity involving new technologies, such as the work which is underway at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.

Comments on its RAE success, Head of School, Professor Michael Alcorn said: “This is a very good result for Music and Sonic Arts. Our success in this exercise reflects the quality and diversity of the research undertaken in the School by our leading composers, musicologists and engineers. I would like to congratulate all academic and support staff in the School for an excellent achievement."