Once more around the table

I went to a Professors and Readers lunch yesterday (and no I’m not putting any apostrophes in there). It was a small gathering in the (acting) Dean’s office in order to meet up, chat about things professorial and generally get a cross-faculty sense of...

Let me tell you all about jazz

I’m in Manchester for an academic conference about jazz. It’s the final major event of Rhythm Changes, the three-year European jazz research project I’ve been working on, and it is, by all accounts, the largest academic jazz conference EVER (in...

Let’s do lunch

I’ve had several interesting lunchtime meetings today (though only one lunch). For my first meeting, I sat down with my teaching colleagues Sam Coley (left) and Andy Martindale to talk about the direction of our Music Programming undergraduate module. It’s...

Right… where were we?

I’m back – suitably rested and refreshed. I’m in Birmingham and I start back at work today. Things may resume. I’m realistic enough not to aim for normality, but I’m ready for a bit of routine again. As of today, my research sabbatical is...

Budapest for work

Sometimes the cool and interesting things that my colleagues do at work spill over and I get some of the benefits. As a result, I was in Budapest last week for the European project that Paul Long & Jez Collins run out of our research office. It’s about...

Fewer students, more words

Tomorrow is the first teaching day of the academic year, and for the first time ever, I only have postgraduate students. It’ll be the first time since I started teaching at universities (about this time back in 1999) that my primary focus hasn’t been on BA...