SOAS University of London

Music ranked ranked 1st for research impact

13 May 2022

The Department of Music at SOAS has been given the top rating UK-wide for research impact and is placed 5th overall in the Research Excellence Framework, also earning excellent results for outputs and research environment.

The impact case studies submitted to the REF panel were both awarded 4*. They showcase the department's work in Mali, Mexico and Namibia, using media and new creativity to revitalise musical traditions and empower local communities. 

Professor Rachel Harris, REF coordinator, said: "This goes to show that the impact we create working with marginalised peoples in 'other' parts of the world can be judged just as significant as a big concert in the Albert Hall. This is a fantastic result for the department."