Portrait of Dr Elizabeth Dobson Dr Elizabeth Dobson

e.d.dobson@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471890


Senior Lecturer in music technology at the University of Huddersfield since January 2007 

Senior Lecturer in music technology at the University of Portsmouth (2003 - 2006)

- Course leader BSc Creative and Computational Sound

- Course leader MSc Creative and Computational Sound

Lecturer in music technology at Leeds College of Music (2000 - 2003)

Lecturer in music technology at Scarborough College, University of York then Hull (1998 - 2000)


External examining 

2017 - Bangor University External Examiner for Music undergraduate and Masters courses

2015 - Bangor University postgraduate music courses validation/revalidation external

2015-2017 - Plymouth University BA(Hons) Music

2014-2016 - University of Hull Doncaster College BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology

Independent voluntary mentoring, sound design and soundtrack composition for Imaginary Friends Organisation; a community of makers in Birmingham. Multiple independent collaborations with art, dance and theatre between 1998 and 2003

Founder of two enterprise initiatives: CollabHub and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network

Research and Scholarship

MA in Music for Film, Media and the Arts and PhD with the Open University Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology: "An investigation of the processes of interdisciplinary creative collaboration: the case of music technology students working within the performing arts"


Member of the Sound Music Image Collaboration Research Centre, and the Research Centre for Music, Gender and Identity. 


Collaboration and creativity, particularly in Higher Education performing and digital arts.

Creativity and creative process: music composition processes and music technology.

Sociocultural and ethnographically framed research. 

Music composition and sound design for picture and moving images.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Dobson, E. and Littleton, K. (2015) ‘Digital technologies and the mediation of undergraduate students’ collaborative music compositional practicesLearning, Media and Technology , pp. 1-21. ISSN 1743-9884

Dobson, E (2015) ‘Permission to Play: Fostering Enterprise Creativities in Music Technology through Extracurricular Interdisciplinary Collaboration’. In: Activating Diverse Musical Creativities: Teaching and Learning in Higher Music Education. London, UK: Bloomsbury. pp. 75-96. ISBN 9781472589132


Dobson, E (2012) An investigation of the processes of interdisciplinary creative collaboration: the case of music technology students working within the performing arts Doctoral thesis, Open University.


Dobson, E., Flewitt, R., Littleton, K. and Miell, D. (2011) ‘Studio Based Composers in Collaboration: a Socioculturally Framed StudyProceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 2011 , 2011, pp. 373-376.


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


Dobson, E (2009) ‘Interdisciplinary collaboration and studio based music composers in Higher Education: a longitudinal case study of practice and discussion of emerging themes’. In: Collaborative Processes in Music Making: Pedagogy and Practice, 11 November 2009, Department of Music and Recording, University of Surrey

Dobson, E (2009) ‘Serious Misunderstandings: Challenging the Educational and Creative Value of Collaboration for Music Technology Undergraduates’. In: Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition (FIMPaC), 20 February 2009, Leeds College of Music


Dobson, E (2006) ‘Book review: The Creative College: Building a Successful Learning Culture in the Arts, G. Jeffery (Ed.).Thinking Skills and Creativity , 1 (2), pp. 156-157. ISSN 1871-1871

Dobson, E (2006) ‘Research on music composition: Issues of creativity and collaboration’. In: Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Teaching, learning and performing music conference, 1 July 2006, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK


National Teaching Fellow 2017

National Association for Music in Higher Education committee member 2016

University of Huddersfield Thank you Award for Inspirational teaching in 2014

Teacher of the year award from the Huddersfield Community Awards 2014

Fellow of the HEA

Invited talks:

2016 Invited speaker for the Irish Sound Science and Technology Association conference 2016

2015 Ableton, Berlin 

2015  Invited participant in Rewiriting the Hack: an all women hackathon at The Core

2015 Keynote: Women in Sound, Women on Sound, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. On gender, community and activism in music technology education.

2015 Guest lecture, talking about my book chapter on enterprise creativities for Kingston University music department.

2015 Invited panel: NAMHE, SCUDD, DanceHE conference

2014 Keynote for the 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.

2011 Keynote for Sound, Sight, Space and Play, International Conference, DeMontfort University

Research Degree Supervision

At Masters level.

- Sound design for image/moving image.

- Composition and arrangement for image/moving image

Masters and PhD level

Elizabeth is happy to supervise students undertaking an MA by Research, and co-supervise PhD students interested in exploring collaborative practice from a theoretical point of view as part of a composition or performance portfolio. More specifically Elizabeth is interested in supervising work that:

For example:

  • Research exploring collaborative process in performance/composition/multi-disciplinary contexts.
  • Research that investigates socially situated creativity within new music.
  • Research investigating undergraduate creative or co-creative processes.
  • Research that seeks to learn more about collaborative growth through long-term collaborative relationships between specific practitioners.
  • Work that investigates relationships between discourse and co-creative practice.

Prior supervision – Elizabeth helped to supervise Heather Roche who completed her PhD entitled: Dialogue and collaboration in the creation of new works for clarinet.


Current students

Harry Boam MA by Research: An autoethnographical self-case study analysing the mediating factors affecting creative sound work within a professional context.

Peter Goosey MA by Research: This research is concerned with addressing several audio-visual immersion theories and the impact of music in video games. 

Geoff Wilson MA by Research: Research investigating performance realisation strategies for the contemporary film composer 

Ben Hollings MA by Research: Research investigating compositional identity in the soundtrack 


Masters Graduates

James Bagnall MA by Research: The strength of timbre and why it can be an invaluable tool to a moving image composer. 

Nicholas Flatt MEnt (Masters in Enterprise): Investigating the use of audiovisual elicitation on the creative enterprise

Enterprise Activities

2012 I set up a multidisciplinary collaboration group called CollabHub to help students from different disciplines meet and work together. 

This group has provided regular networking and pitch/make meetings, plus an annual symposium for the benefit of current students, alumni and local people interested in collaboration. It won £5k from social enterprise organisation UnLtd 

2015 I started the Yorkshire Sound Women Network. 

Our mission is to inspire and enable more women and girls to explore sound and music technology. The full website provides details on our working group, mission, past and future workshops, agenda and also feedback. Since the first meeting on July 14th 2015, on Feb 19th 2016 we will have have delivered 9 public workshops (with 161 places) and many more are scheduled for 2016 already. This organisation is starting to have significant impact on learning and opportunity for women in a field where women are under represented. To receive updates please join the mailing list here

Administrative Responsibilities

Managing open days, applicant visit days and the co-ordination of outreach activities in music technology 

Sitting on the School Teaching and Learning Committee 

I am also the module leader supporting a wide range of undergraduate modules 

Support to the Sound Music Image Collaboration research centre

Teaching and Professional Activities

Chair to the Yorkshire Sound Women Network

Support to placement students 


Modules delivered since 2014

Computer music composition (first and final year students)

Composing music for film

Sound for Image

Arranging for popular music

Research methodologies 

Individual project supervision