Commenting on Music's outstanding achievement, Dr James Dack, Head of the Department, said "This result is further recognition of the world-leading excellence in the Department and reflects the breadth and depth of its musicological research."
The Department's strengths include large-scale centres and research projects funded by research councils and charities including AHRC, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and Mellon Foundation.
Within the last 18 months individual or collaborative research has secured some £166,000 of funding to support various projects, including ongoing research in the musical cultures of Cuba and South America (Bolivia, Venezuela), an incipient study of the reception of western music in the Middle East (Palestine) and a forthcoming project in music and film (The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain). A three-year British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship has been located in the department from 2008, with a research specialism in the musical culture of the Far East (Hong Kong) and the Chinese diaspora. Most recently, a collaborative project involving a member of the Department as co-investigator has been awarded a substantial Large Research Grant under the AHRC Beyond Text Scheme. The Department is equally active in terms of research in the creative fields of musical performance and composition.
The Department established its status as one of the foremost university departments in the UK for research with a 5* rating in the 1996 RAE and was one of only three departments of music to gain a second 5* in 2001.