Music department at University of Northampton gets top ranking for teaching quality

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The University of Northampton’s music department has been ranked number one for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Guardian University League Tables for next year.

The department has also broken into the top 50 university music departments in the UK for the first time, was placed sixth in the student satisfaction with the course category and fourth for student satisfaction with assessment and feedback.

Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse, programme leader for music said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the music department’s results and I’m incredibly proud that we are holding our own against some of the most prestigious Higher Education music departments in the UK,

“All of my team work so hard to not only deliver exceptional teaching, but also a wider transformative experience for our Popular Music students while they’re at university.

“We provide excellent teaching and learning from internationally recognised, research-active staff; we give our students opportunities to pursue their own interests and introduce them to aspects of the music industries that they may not have encountered before; and we work hard to make sure that our students and course are a central part of Northamptonshire’s musical culture.”

Working alongside Dr Wiseman-Trowse are Jasmine Shadrack, senior lecturer in music, James Kelly, lecturer in music, Adam Jones, studio technician, with four associate lecturers complementing the team: Yoshe Watson, Mark McKnight, Tony Platt and Tim Whitehouse.

Some recent notable Music department alumni include:

Jordan Mackampa – Singer-songwriter who has just signed to International Booking Agency – home to Adele, Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons – and is about to head out on his first UK tour.

Jo Burns Russell – Owner of Amplitude Media and Project Director for Northampton Music Festival.

Yoshe Watson – Presenter for BBC Introducing and Inspiration FM, Project Manager for Northampton Music Festival, owner of the Pop Up Connective.

Josh Astrop – Owner of Audio Works rehearsal studios.

Brady Deeprose – Guitarist with doom metal band Conjurer.

Gareth Griffiths – Singer and guitarist for indie band Institutes.

Acts from the University will have their own a stage at this year’s Northampton Music Festival, located at the Albion Brewery, Bridge Street, on Sunday, June 19 between 1pm and 7pm – entry is free.