Facilities and Resources
The Conservatoire enjoys excellent facilities for supporting the broad range of practice-based and scholarly research that we encourage, including fully professional performance spaces, state-of-the-art studios and equipment for music technology and composition work, and an important Historical Instrument Collection.
Better facilities for night owls
If you prefer to get your work done when the sun's gone down, you'll be pleased to know you can now get hot food while you hit the books. There is now a microwave next to the bar on the ground floor.
The well-resourced Conservatoire Library has recently undergone substantial refurbishment, and provides excellent work spaces with re-equipped computer workstations and good access to key online research resources such as RILM, JSTOR, New Grove Online and British Humanities Index. We have an ongoing policy of purchasing materials wherever possible in support of staff and student research: research spend on the library in 2012–13 was around £12,000. The Conservatoire Library is complemented by the main University Library on the City North Campus, which provides staff and students with facilities, especially electronically accessible resources, relating to other academic disciplines beyond music.
Research-active staff (both full-time and part-time) and PhD/MPhil students are generously supported wherever possible for relevant activities such as conference attendance, performance of new work, or contributions to CD recording costs. We also support an on-going programme of sabbatical leave for full-time staff in order to complete or kick-start major research projects.
In addition, substantial expertise is available at both Conservatoire and University (Research Office) levels to help prepare bids for external research funding from bodies such as the UK Research Councils, including the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, The British Academy, and The Leverhulme Trust.