This new initiative, developed by the College of Arts & Humanities at University College, Dublin (UCD) and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham (UoN) is the first College-to-College/ Faculty-to-Faculty MoU signed between the two universities under the auspices of U21, working together to explore a range of activities from research collaborations to joint PhDs and student mobility.
In October 2018, the University of Nottingham hosted Wolfgang Marx (Associate Professor of Music, UCD) to the Department of Music to lead a Masters Research seminar and a lecture on "Critiquing Oneself Back into Business? Post-Factual Narcissism in Musicology". This was the second event in the 'U21 UCD and UoN Conversations Across the Sea' Seminar Series, promoting collaboration in research and graduate studies. These seminars showcase research at both institutions, as well as the visiting academic leading a master class for Graduate students. The first seminar was organised by Philosophy and the third will be organised by English Literature (hosted at UCD and live-streamed by Skype in Nottingham). Other subject areas are planning joint seminars for Semester 2.
Further initiatives within this collaboration will include the two institutions exploring new ways to encourage student exchanges as well as facilitating shared student projects. Collaborating in Education and Student Experience will also allow both institutions to exchange knowledge on pedagogy (including assessment and feedback) and to curate Joint PhD supervision based in research and teaching areas of excellence and promote these areas to potential students.
Professor Bairbre Redmond, Provost of U21 said, ‘U21 is committed to working with members worldwide to find collaborative ways to build new solutions and shared approaches to common areas of interest. This initiative represents one of the first U21 collaborations at discipline level and I hope that U21 members will see this project as an example of what can be achieved in one disciplinary sphere. I look forward to seeing the results of your work and I congratulate Professor Sarah Prescott and Professor Jeremy Gregory and colleagues for their foresight and energy in forming this important new partnership.’
Samuel Riley, BA in Music said, ‘The talk provided a great insight into self-reflexive discourse in Musicology and being aware of these questions and concerns will help guide my thoughts, and gave many of us present a lot to think about.’
Professor Sarah Prescott (Principal, College of Arts & Humanities, UCD) and Professor Jeremy Gregory (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham) said: 'We are very pleased to see this exciting collaboration between our two institutions develop and we look forward to seeing colleagues working together on a range of shared research and teaching activities in the future'.