We aim to enhance the social, economic, and cultural impact of music therapy research in the UK and internationally.
Our research reaches across NHS, health, and social care settings, as well as the creative industries and voluntary sector. Our strong track record in creative, community and policy engagement is evidenced by a growing range of stakeholders working in collaboration with a highly committed team of researchers, actively engaged in disseminating their research for the public good.
Items included here also corroborate the REF Unit 33 Case Study (2021 submission): Changing the lives of people living with dementia (PWD) and their families through music therapy research.
Source 1: Bowel, S., Bamford, S. M., 2018. What would life be - without a song or a dance, what are we? - Commission on Music and Dementia. Report published by the International Longevity Centre (ILCUK) in collaboration with the Utley Foundation: (London).
Source 2: ARU partnership with MHA Care Homes
Source 3: Together in Sound media coverage:
Source 4: Film: Voyage with Dementia
Source 6: BAMT ARU and MHA joint conference
Source 7: OBE Awards 2016
Source 10: Testimonials
BBC Music Day 2019: How and why music can be helpful to people living with dementia (Women’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, 26 September 2019)
“I didn’t expect a fuss”: How a composer with dementia got to No 1 (The Guardian/Observer, 1 November 2020)
Only music reached my wife after dementia hit, says John Suchet (The Guardian/Observer, 5 December 2020)
Our world-leading music therapy work, in particular our focus on the wellbeing of people living with dementia, earned The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2021. These prizes are the highest national honour in higher and further education. They recognise outstanding work that shows the highest levels of quality and innovation and delivers significant public benefit.Find out more about this prize