Dr Simon Baines


  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)
  • Pro Dean Student Education, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (2016–2020 )
  • Pro Dean Student Education, Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication (2003–2011)
  • Director of Research, School of Music (2013–2016)
  • Programme Leader BA Music (2013–2016)
  • Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Music (1999–2003)
Other roles for the University have included: Chair, Blended Learning Futures Group; Chair, Standing Group on Collaborative Provision; Chair, VLE and Portal Steering Groups; Chair University Special Cases Committee.


  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Pro Dean Student Education to end of 2019/2020 session

Research interests

Orchestral performance practice and studies of national style in performance, particularly in the twentieth century (including oral histories, player biography, analysis of recordings); music for big band and associated musicians.

Author of entries including 'National idioms' and 'Orchestra and orchestral placement' for the forthcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music (eds. Robin Stowell and Colin Lawson).

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  • BA, MSc, PhD, PFHEA

Student education

Postgraduate professional studies and research methods, dissertation supervision, music in context, science and music.

Research groups and institutes

  • Making Music
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