Principle Enterprise Fellow (equivalent Reader) in Music Technology

Music and Music Technology Recruitment Tutor (outreach)

Yorkshire Sound Women Network C.I.C. // co-founder, co-director and chair

National Teaching Fellow of the HEA


2012               PhD An investigation of the processes of interdisciplinary creative

collaboration: the case of music technology students working within the

performing arts, OU

2005              Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2005              Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education, OU

1998              MA Music for film, media and the arts, University of Wales

1997              BMus (Hons) Music, University of Wales



2007              SL in Music Technology, School of Music, Humanities and Media, UoH

2003 – 2006  SL in Music Technology, MSc Creative and Computational Sound course leader, University of Portsmouth

2000 – 2003  Lecturer and admissions tutor, Leeds College of Music

1998 – 2000  Lecturer and admissions tutor, University of Hull (Scarborough Campus)

Sound and music

2022  SFX for Fat Panda

2022 Short film SFX and sound design – pending completion

2021 SFX for Epoch Design client

2021 Sound design for Bex Lifts

1998 – 2010 Location sound, music, SFX, dialogue, mix and production for 3 Imaginary Film Org feature length community films.


Regular and current – Logic Pro X,  ProTools, Ableton

Learning – Reaper

Teaching and Learning

Educational Awards

2017              Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow

2014              Inspirational teaching Student Union Thank You Awards,

2014              Teacher of the year. Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards

Selected teaching module leader

2021-2022 Composition practice year 3, sound for image year 2 and 3, sonic arts and electronica year 1 and 2.

2020-2021 Family leave

2016 – 2019  Computer composition year 1 and year 3 (5.1 surround), film scoring, sound for image, empirical research methodology for musicians*, major project supervisor.

2007 – 2015  Computer composition year 1 and final year, popular music composition and arranging, sound for image, scoring for film, major project supervisor.

2003 – 2006            Studio recording, composition and computer music composition.

2000 – 2003  Film music composition, composition, computer music composition, studio recording, music theory, scoring for string quartet and orchestration.

1998 – 2000  Studio recording, computer music composition, multi-disciplinary collaboration and composing music for film and media.

Course development

2010 – 16      Selection of modules for The University of Huddersfield.

2005              MSc Creative and Computational Sound for the University of Portsmouth.

BSc (Hons) Creative and Computational Sound for the University of Portsmouth.

Managing the writing and validation of both new courses.

2000              Contributing new modules to the new Creative Music Technology for University

College Scarborough

Management and course administration

Though I do not currently hold a management position the following responsibilities require leadership and management:

2017 –                        Sub Area Head New Media: administration role in support of the head of music

and music technology. Maintaining standards in delivery, assessment, feedback and course evaluation as well as document maintenance for audits for 16 modules and 12 staff.

2016 –            School Outreach Officer: I develop strategy for outreach activities, and liaise with a team of over 20 colleagues (academics, marketing, schools and colleges liaison and outreach) to co-ordinate and deliver a portfolio of outreach activities.

2016 –            Selected for and attend the Aurora Leadership Scheme

2015 –            Founder and Chair of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, I am now leading this team of volunteering professionals, through a process of business development.

2007 –            As module leader (averaging four modules a year) managing postgraduate and part-time hourly paid staff delivering lessons for undergraduate courses. Offering guidance and feedback, monitoring and maintaining standards in delivery, assessment and feedback.

2007 – 2009  Designated Academic Liaison Officer: overseeing the delivery of a Huddersfield University degree delivered at St Helens (a satellite college). Overseeing the end of this contract, chairing exam boards and auditing the delivery of this provision.

Committees (current)

School Teaching and Learning Committee: representing music and music technology

School ethics committee

University Teaching and Learning Conference Committee

Connected Futures Project : School level team working on a specific enterprise and education website to provide resources on enterprise and education that can be embedded into the curriculum across our school. My contribution is in enterprise.

External examiner

2017 – 2020  External Examiner for the University of Wale’s Bangor: Music undergraduate and Masters

2015              External validator for the University of Wale’s Bangor Masters re-validation

and validation

2015-2017    External examiner for Plymouth University BA(Hons) Music

2014-2016    External examiner for the University of Hull (Doncaster College), BA(Hons)

Creative music technology



Dobson, E. (2018) Digital Audio Ecofeminism: The Glocal Impact of All-female Communities on Learning and Sound Creativities in L. De Bruin, P. Burnard and S. Davis Creativities in Arts Education, Research and Practice: Glocalised Perspectives for the Future of Learning and Teaching [pending publication]

Dobson, E. and Littleton, K., (2015) Digital technologies and the mediation of undergraduate students’ collaborative music compositional practices in Learning, Media and Technology DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2015.1047850

Dobson, E. (2015) ‘Permission to Play: Fostering Enterprise Creativities in Music Technology through Extracurricular Interdisciplinary Collaboration’ in P. Burnard and E. Haddon (Eds.) Activating Diverse Musical Creativities and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.

Dobson, E., Flewitt, R., Littleton K. and Miell, D. (2011) ‘Studio Based Composers in Collaboration: a Socioculturally Framed Study’ Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 2011, p373-376

Alex, C., Dobson, E. and Wilsmore, R., (2010) ‘Collaborative Art Practices in HE: Mapping and Developing Pedagogical Models’ Higher Education Academy Resources Centre.

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD

Peter Goosey 1st supervisor – submission date September 2020

Wiliam Igo 1st supervisor – submission date September 2020

Current Masters

Geoff Wilson candidate – submission January 2018

Susie Green Mateu candidate – submission January 2018

Matthew Varley candidate – submission January 2018

Stephen Iveson candidate – submission January 2018

Jonathan Swailes candidate – submission September 2018

Completed PhD

Philip Maguire 2nd supervisor: .haul / S – Stream-Form and Intuitive Composition Practices

Completed Masters

Peter Goosey Distinction: Creating Immersion: A Semiotic and Compositional Insight into the Promotion of Immersion Through Video-Game Soundtracks 21st Jan 2017

Harry Boam Distinction: An Autoethnographical Study on How Creative Sound Work is Affected by Commercialisation and the Professional Media Industry 1st May 2016

Nicholas Flatt Masters in Music with Enterprise Distinction: Investigating the Use of Audiovisual Elicitation on the Creative Enterprise 29th May 2015

James Bagnall Masters Pass:The Strength of Timbre and why it can be an invaluable tool to to a moving image composer 20th Sept 2014 

Conference Papers

2015               “Creating under the influence of computers: investigating how technology shaped collaborative music composition in a term-long undergraduate project.” Innovative tools and methods to teach music and signal processing in France

2015               “Evidencing creativity in process: socioculturally framed study of long-term multi-disciplinary undergraduate collaboration.” 5th Conference on Creative Education in Bejing.

2014               “Extracurricular and interdisciplinary collaboration: fostering research and enterprise beyond a formal academic setting” Paper presented for the HEA workshop: “Fostering creativity, professional practice, community engagement and employability: Innovations in teaching and assessment in the Arts and Humanities (History and Music)”, UoH

2013               “Fostering Enterprise in Music technology” invited special session for Innovation in Music http://www.innovationinmusic.com/, University of York

2013               “Developing a metacognition for collaboration through music composition” Paper presented at The 8th International Conference for Research in Music Education, Exeter University

2011               “Studio Based Composers in Collaboration: a Socioculturally Framed Study” Paper presented to the International Computer Music Conference, UoH

2009               “Serious Misunderstandings: Challenging the Educational and Creative Value of Collaboration for Music Technology Undergraduates”, Paper presented at the Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition (FIMPaC), Leeds College of Music

Events organized

2017              Music technology week for girls (education research)

2017                          Conference organization: Activating Inclusive Sound Spaces

2017                         Co-curator of YSWN International women’s day event funded by Heritage Quay

2016              Sound and Music weekend 16 young people

2015 –                        Yorkshire Sound Women Network workshops (ongoing)

2014              Set up and delivered a Higher Education Academy symposium: Scrutinising approaches to interdisciplinary collaborative practice in undergraduate digital, creative and performing arts.

2013-15        The annual CollabHub Symposium (x3)

Guest talks, keynotes and workshops

2017              Huddersfield Contentemporary Music Festival panel member p15: Why is gender still an issue?

2017                           Ladyfest: panel member http://eventerbee.co.uk/event/wonder-women-ladyfest-mcr-putting-women-up-front,419086305090920

2016              Talk on starting the Yorkshire Sound Women Network for the Government Digital Design Office

2016              Keynote: Conference on Temporary Autonomous Zones http://issta.ie/call-for-submission-2016/ Ireland.

2016              Keynote: S.E.E. Sound Education Experience at Goldsmiths University http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=9966

2015              Keynote: Women in Sound, Women on Sound, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts.

2015              Guest lecture, on my book chapter for Kingston University music department.

2015                           Invited panel: NAMHE, SCUDD, DanceHE conference

2014              Keynote: National Association of Music in Higher Education conference. Talking on creativity and enterprise in music education.

2014              Consultation for the University of Wolverhampton Music department, on fostering collaboration.

Professional Engagement

2017              Music Production Education conference committee

2016 – 18      National Association for Music in Higher Education committee member

2016              Education consultation for Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)

2016              Ableton Berlin: Guest speaker

2016              Music and the Deaf: music technology education research consultant

Public Engagement and Enterprise

2015 –            Yorkshire Sound Women Network founder and chair.

2012 –            CollabHub Interdisciplinary collaboration sandpit founder and co-ordinator

Funding and project development: £65,974 in total from 2013

2017              £22,888 Collaborative grant from Youth Music: representing the Yorkshire Sound Women Network and the University of Huddersfield as part of a Go Compose Sound and Music application of £111,466.

2017              £5,000 National Teaching Fellow award

2017              £15,000 from Arts Council England to develop the Yorkshire Sound Women Network to formal not for profit company. Accomplished collaboratively with the working group.

2016              Catalyst Festival of Creativity: £8,000 grant with Yorkshire Sound Women Network members Lucy Cheesman (Sheffield Hallam) and Dr Amy Beeston (University of Sheffield): delivering events for women and girls:


2015              Impact case study funding: £2,000 pathways for girls in music technology.

2015              University Research Fund: £5,000 for the development of impact case study on fostering pathways for girls and women in music technology.

2015              Cultural Engagement Fund £1346 Geolocative Audio: 4 workshops on sound design, a public performance and audio walk from Bates Mill.

2015              £1,000 internal funding for a Go Compose with partner Sound and Music

2014              £740 from the HEA for a symposium on collaborative creativity in HE.

2013              £5,000 from UnLtd. to develop CollabHub

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