Dafx Keynote: Gender balance in audio: how to fix it?

I was thrilled to give a keynote presentation at DAFx2017

Here’s the abstract:

Gender equality in STEM has recently been pulled into the public spotlight via popular culture and headline-grabbing events at tech-based companies. Within the audio engineering community we are now starting to build a fuller picture of the extent of gender imbalance in our own discipline, by gathering, analysing and publishing data on gender representation in the subject. There are many complex reasons behind the continued under-representation of women in STEM subjects; many of these are hotly debated on social-media. But, if it’s a problem for audio, how do we fix it? In this talk I would like draw on some of our experiences at the University of York from our long engagement with the Athena SWAN charter, which recognises the advancement of gender equality in academic institutions. I will also suggest some actions we can all take to help build an inclusive audio community where all can thrive.

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Gender Equality and the Audio Industries

Save the Date!

A panel of speakers will discuss Gender Equality and the Audio Industries as part of our HeforShe campaign on 22nd February 2018 at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.


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Msc Audio and Music Technology

From 2013-2017 I was programme leader for the MSc in Audio and Music Technology, Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York.

The MSc Audio and Music Technology is suitable for students with science, engineering or arts backgrounds, who want to gain a deeper understanding of the technology behind music and audio processing and programming.

Each year we welcome a diverse cohort of students from across the UK and around the world.

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From WordPress Womble to WordPress Winner

I recently presented some of my work on embedding Real-World Assessments in our MSc Audio and Music Technology programme at the Uni of York’s E-learning Development Team Show and Tell (November 22nd)

I looked at using technology, in particular websites and social mediea to support the development of digital and employability skills.

Lillian Soon wrote up a summary of the event  – and there’ll be a case study coming up in 2018 with more detail.

In the meantime feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss using blogs/websites/LinkedIn profiles to engage students in employability skills development.

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Architexture II video released

Our video of the fantastic Architexture II for choir and augmented acoustic – performed in the Museum Gardens, York in September 2015 is now on-line. Massive thanks to Ambrose Field who composed the music specially for the reconstructed acoustic of St. Mary’s Abbey and all of those who were involved in turning such a crazy idea into fabulous reality.

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Everything we know about audio perception is wrong (or at least it might be…)


My paper “Everything we know about audio perception is wrong (or at least it might be…)” has been accepted for presentation at AISS (Activating Inclusive Sound Spaces) Conference at the University of Huddersfield in July.

In this paper I take a look at the gender balance of participants in research studies on auditory perception.  Not surprisingly the majority of participants in such studies (where stated) are male  – and as such I will question what, we think, we know about auditory perception…

Are there differences in auditory perception between genders? very little research has addressed this question, although there have been some interesting studies recently.

I’m really looking forward to discussing  this and thinking about some of the other key themes of the conference which centre on the assumptions that are made about the communities which shape digital music and sound production.

For more info on the conference: https://inclusivesoundspaces.wordpress.com/




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