[Posted on 11 December 2009]
Research student, Nick Nourse, has just been awarded a generous grant from the Bristol offices of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). The funds, from the WUN Research Mobility Programme, are to assist a six-week research and networking trip to Perth and the University of Western Australia (UWA) next year. With these funds Nick will be able to significantly enhance the quality of his research topic on 19th-century popular music, ‘Who took the singing out of popular song? Britain and the Empire, 1800-1850’. The WUN funds will cover or contribute to the cost of flights, research expenses, and subsistence whilst studying in Australia. The University of Bristol faculty of arts are also kindly contributing towards the cost of Nick’s visit.
Bristol and Perth’s music departments have been at the forefront of developing relations between the two universities and have collaborated on several projects in recent years; Perth’s Professor Jane Davidson, for instance, led the Crossing Oceans project that also included a substantial commitment from Bristol’s Neal Farwell. And Esmeralda Rocha (UWA), who visited Bristol for five months last year, and Nick have already worked together on those areas of their research which overlap, and Esmeralda is also now a part of the committee on Stephen Banfield’s Travelling Virtuoso conference to be held in Bristol during the summer of 2010. With the WUN funds assisting a lengthy period of research, links such as these should be maintained, reinforced, and expanded upon.