Pastures new for the SPARClets

Congratulations to Sarah Price, who is now juggling the final stages of completing her PhD with a new post as researcher in Arts and Community at Trinity Laban, London. Sarah is working with the dance and music faculties and their learning and participation departments, with a focus on the impact of arts participation on health, well-being and creative development, as well as looking at how these activities might act as audience development.

Lucy Dearn has also made the move to London to work in a policy role for the European Strategy and Planning Team at HM Treasury – so demonstrating that music degrees really do provide transferable skills!  She continues to study, and has recently been selected as one of six Treasury officials to take part in a ground-breaking new postgraduate module on Britain’s postwar economic history and HM Treasury. This will be led by Dr Jon Davis and co-taught weekly by Ed Balls and Permanent Secretary to the Treasury Sir Nicholas Macpherson and other Treasury officials, as well as a range of other prominent guest speakers including Visiting Professor and veteran economics commentator for the Observer William Keegan.

Very best wishes to both of them as they begin their new ventures.