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Student Committee

The RMA Student Committee liaises between the wider student body and the RMA, acting as a voice for students in the RMA and taking an active role in shaping and promoting student-related activities of the RMA.

Who we are

The RMA Student Committee is led by the two RMA Student Representatives. It also includes up to four Ordinary Student Members, the Membership Development Officer, the Student Liaison Officer and the Trustee.

Student members of the committee are elected at the RMA Research Students’ Conference. Members usually stand for two years.

What we do

Our work includes canvassing students for their opinions on RMA-related student matters, fielding issues raised by students, promoting the RMA in our departments and helping organise the annual Research Students’ Conference.

If you have an idea for something the RMA could do for students, or if you want to raise any other issues, please contact one of our student representatives.


Student Representatives


Núria Bonet (January 2016 – January 2018)

Chair of the Student Committee


Núria graduated with a MusB(Hons) Music from the University of Manchester in 2012. She went on to receive a MusM Electroacoustic Composition from the University of Manchester in 2013 and a Msc Acoustics and Music Technology from the University Edinburgh in 2014. She is currently a PhD Student at Plymouth University where she looks at sonification as a compositional tool in electroacoustic music. She is particularly interested in using science in music composition and its potential benefits for public engagement. She also does organology research on Catalan folk instruments in her spare time.

Outside academia, Núria is a football referee, keen darts player and real ale enthusiast.


Phil Robinson (January 2017 – January 2019)

Philip graduated from Royal Holloway in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in Music, with The Brian Dennis Memorial Prize in Composition. He was granted a Pocock Scholarship to complete a Master’s degree at Bristol University in Musicology with Russian. He is now studying part-time for a PhD in musicology at Manchester University, focussing on national music festivals in Moscow during the 1930s. He has research interests in Russian and Soviet music, twentieth-century music, music analysis, opera studies, and nationalism.

Beyond academia, Phil enjoys cooking, running, juggling, and real ale. He plays the piano, violin, viola and organ.



Ordinary Student Members

David Dewar (January 2016 – January 2018)


David graduated with a first class honours BA in Church Music (Canterbury Christ Church) in 2014 having come late to HE after many years as conductor, choral director, horn player, and organist. David is currently an MPhil/PhD student at the University of Bristol undertaking a project which re-examines the life and compositional output of the British musician Eric Harding Thiman (1900-1975). This will attempt to contextualise his long activity as composer and teacher against the background of contemporary societal issues and stresses, and will seek to use these indications of structures and trends to illuminate aspects of British musical life in a particular time and sphere of music-making.  As a performer, David also has interests in aspects of period performance style, as a conductor, keyboardist, and horn player.

Interests beyond academia include drama, Balsall Heath curries, and real ale.  He is Director of Music & Organist at Chippenham Parish Church in Wiltshire, where he directs the two choirs.   You can follow David on Twitter @ddewar7.


Debbie Rodgers (January 2017 – January 2019)

Debbie Rodgers is a PhD student at Canterbury Christ Church University, investigating the potential application of community music as a means of tackling mental health-related stigma. She also works as a peripatetic music teacher for Surrey Arts. Her PhD research is focusing upon focusing upon topics such as musical identity development, social refurbishment and interactions within a tachytopian (a temporary form of utopian space) musical environment. Debbie completed her Master of Music degree (also at Canterbury Christ Church University) in the summer of 2016 with a Distinction and has a keen interest in topics relating to popular music analysis and music education.

Outside of academia Debbie volunteers as a Time to Change Champion, enjoys creative writing and competes in dog agility and obedience classes with her Golden Retriever.

You can follow Debbie on Twitter @debs_rodgers







Giles Masters (January 2017 – January 2019)

Giles has been a PhD student at King’s College London since September 2016, where he holds a studentship from KCL’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute.  His research examines the festivals organised by the International Society for Contemporary Music in the 1920s and 30s.  Before coming to King’s, Giles graduated with a first-class BA and an MSt (distinction) in Music from the University of Oxford.
Outside of academia, Giles enjoys distance running, language learning and playing classical guitar.



Membership Development Officer

Katy Hamilton

Webme4Dr. Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. Her area of specialism is the music of Johannes Brahms and his contemporaries, and she has also been involved in projects covering subjects as diverse as the history of the Edinburgh Festival, the role of émigré musicians in post-1945 British musical life, and variety shows at the Wigmore Hall in the early twentieth century. She is a regular presenter at the National Gallery, and has also provided notes and concert introductions for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal College of Music, Wigmore Hall, University of Nottingham, and St George’s, Bristol.

Katy has taught at both the University of Nottingham and the Royal College of Music, where she also worked as part of the curatorial team for the College’s extensive collections of concert programmes, business paperwork and musicians’ personal archives. She is a contributor and co-editor for Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (Cambridge University Press), and was Graham Johnson’s research assistant for his Franz Schubert: The Songs and their Poets (Yale University Press). She has also written several prefaces to the Repertoire Explorer series issued by Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich, Munich.

In addition, Katy is an active chamber accompanist and repetiteur, having worked with instrumentalists, singers and choirs in England, Ireland, Spain and Germany. From 2008-2013 she was the Course Organiser and Music Director of ISSMUS, a specialist summer school for singers, composers, conductors and pianists.

Further information, including media and contact details are available on Katy’s website.


Student Liaison Officer

Susan Bagust




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