Professor Barbara Kelly

Director of Research and Professor of Musicology
@ Royal Northern College of Music

Professor Barbara Kelly
  • Bio

Professor Barbara Kelly studied Music and English at Glasgow University before going to the University of Illinois in 1988 for a Master’s degree in Musicology. She returned to Britain to undertake a Ph.D thesis at Liverpool, entitled ‘Darius Milhaud and the French Musical Tradition’, which she completed in 1994. Barbara was a lecturer at University College, Scarborough, then a college of the University of Leeds (1993-5) before joining the staff at Keele in February 1995. She was appointed Senior Lecturer at Keele in 2002 and awarded a personal chair in 2008. She was Head of Humanities Research (2011-2014) and Faculty Research Director at Keele University (2014-2015). She joined the RNCM in April 2015 as Director of Research. She is incoming President of the Royal Musical Association.

Professor Kelly's remit at the Royal College of Music includes the following responsibilities:

  • Directing research for the RNCM
  • Developing the college’s research strategy
  • Encouraging greater participation of RNCM staff in research activities
  • Role in embedding research into the college’s artistic programme
  • Overseeing applications for research funding
  • Institutional lead for the REF
  • Overseeing research postgraduate activities
  • Overseeing the library and archives
  • Overseeing the development of Knowledge Exchange
  • My Previous Events

  • Research Impact: Exploring the Roadmap

    • 24-11-2021
    • 09:25 - 16:35
    • Manchester Hall