Celebrating student research at RBC study day

RBC Vice Principal (Acting), Stephen Simms in seminar

Postgraduate students took to the proverbial stage and presented their research at a special event on Tuesday 14 May.

Music and Performing Arts doctoral students, including those starting their PhD journey, and MA Musicology students finishing their degree, presented their research to students and staff during this week’s RBC Postgraduate Research Study Day, an event which takes place twice a year.

In addition to showcasing their research, students were able to hone their presentation skills, develop their community and have discussions that could spark new ideas and collaborations.

Research Study Days provide a friendly, supportive environment for postgraduate students to share papers and examples of practice, as well as work in progress.

Associate Professor in Music and Research Degrees Coordinator Dr Carrie Churnside shared: “It’s so positive for postgraduate researchers, who are all so focused on their individual projects, to get together today as a community at the RBC research day.

“The day has provided a space for researchers to share their work, ask questions, and learn something new from one another. It’s great to see the MA Musicology students presenting to the doctoral researchers.”

Student researchers Paloma Trigas-Payne, Hsuan-Hsuan Lee, Nina Djokic, Maria-Jose Pinilla, Dillon Connolly, Yuqing Wang, Chloe Knibbs, and Chang Ge made fantastic contributions to the day. Their research spanned from bimusicality, aural teaching, and the relationship between classical and folk traditions, to the evolution of the bagpipe in Western Europe, and much more.

Vice-Principal (Acting) Stephen Simms was among the 10 students presenting. He shared insights into a new way of teaching acting that he’s been exploring.

On presenting to fellow researchers, Stephen said: “It’s been wonderful to share in the huge variety of research taking place in the Conservatoire. It’s always nerve-wracking sharing one’s work, but the atmosphere has been supportive and enthusiastic – it reflects a vital research culture.”

First-year PhD student Paloma Trigas-Payne said: “Today was a fantastic opportunity to share the work I've been developing with the aid of my supervisors over the last few months. Presenting to an audience who are incredibly knowledgeable in their field is a great way to initiate discussions and share ideas. Where research is concerned, you never know where that might lead!"

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