From 1st September 2013, Leeds College of Music’s degree-level provision will be validated by the University of Hull. This new association will build on the already existing teaching and research links between the two institutions, enhancing the opportunities for students studying at both.
All degree courses at Leeds College of Music will be validated – including popular music, classical, jazz and music production at undergraduate and further education degree level, and performance and composition at postgraduate level.
The Principal of Leeds College of Music, Professor Philip Meaden said: “We are greatly looking forward to working with colleagues at the University of Hull to extend the opportunities available to students of both institutions.”
“The University’s music provision has an outstanding reputation, which perfectly complements our highly progressive offer at Leeds College of Music, and this partnership offers the chance to develop a wide range of new and inspiring activities.”
This new association comes at an exciting time in the conservatoire’s development – the last two years have seen an exponential improvement of the course offer, facilities and student success and satisfaction rates. Students have access to high quality 1:1 teaching, and are encouraged to collaborate, to experiment and to develop their own styles, and the University of Hull’s programme of validation for specialist institutions complements Leeds College of Music’s conservatoire status.
As well as being an Apple Authorised Training Centre, Leeds College of Music is the only English conservatoire to hold the coveted All-Steinway School status. It is a member of both Conservatoires UK and the Association Européenne des Conservatoires – and is the newest and largest British music conservatoire, with around 1,000 full-time HE and FE students.
The validation also has a number of additional benefits for students, including access to the University of Hull’s student union facilities, clubs and societies; support to further develop courses; and the chance to work more closely with Hull’s successful music department, which is renowned for its research.
A university with strong global connections and a cosmopolitan outlook, the University of Hull has a progressive and student-oriented approach. Its association with Leeds College of Music supports its plans to more widely enhance its music provision – with the launch of the new School of Drama, Music and Screen in time for the new academic year.
The University of Hull’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Calie Pistorius said: “We are delighted to embark on this exciting new partnership with Leeds College of Music.
"Together with our existing sponsorship scheme with Opera North and ongoing investment in facilities at our Hull campus, we are continuing to enhance our academic music offering. We look forward to a relationship which is beneficial to both organisations and all future music students.”
A flexible and innovative music programme is offered by the University of Hull, covering areas such as performance, composition, music technology, musicology and joint degrees with English literature, theatre and modern languages.
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