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Dance HE Talk Event: Post Ref 21 conversations
 (posted June 2022)

Wednesday 15th June 2022, 9.30 – 11.00 am

In this session we welcomed colleagues from across the UK Dance HE sector to this open conversation led by senior dance and performance researchers and UoAD33 subpanel members.



Sarah Whatley
Professor of Dance and Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University and subpanel member for REF2021 on UoAD33.

Kate Dorney
Senior Lecturer in Drama at Manchester University and subpanel member for REF2021 on UoAD33.

This event was an opportunity to reflect on the results of the REF 21 for dance and performance. Insights into the strengths and weaknesses of performance research were shared with reference to current threats facing the Dance and Performing-Arts HE sector. The discussion was chaired by Dance HE but the emphasis was upon peer to peer exchange. Following initial opening statements, questions from all participants
were invited and responded to.

While the event was not recorded, the slides shared at the event are available by clicking on this icon: 

Additional information and reading:

The full panel reports are available on the REF website:

Pages 179-206 are the key pages (subpanel D33)

The EDAP report (Equality, Diversity Advisory Panel) has also been published and is available at:

Government's intention to go ahead with the cuts in HEI arts funding (posted July 2021)

In a joint statement made by One Dance UK, the Society for Dance Research and DANCE HE we would like to make it clear what our response is to this recent piece of news which will significantly affect the future landscape for education and engagement in the arts in Higher Education:


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“One Dance UK, Dance HE and the Society for Dance Research are extremely alarmed and concerned to learn that the Office for Students (OfS) has confirmed its plans to significantly reduce funding for arts and creative subjects, despite extensive opposition to the proposals. These funding cuts for so-called ‘non priority’ subjects will be catastrophic for dance and other arts courses at Higher Education, threatening the talent pipeline and the rich cultural offer in the UK, disadvantaging young people and denying them opportunities to fulfil their potential. 


We opposed these cuts in the strongest terms during the consultation process (our response can be viewed here) and will continue to oppose them. The cuts fly in the face of a wealth of evidence and research demonstrating the enormous growth and economic input of the creative industries in the UK. Given this growth and the unique, world-leading status of dance in the UK, as well as its significant positive contribution to the physical and mental wellbeing of the general population, it is completely baffling and illogical that performing and creative arts are not considered a strategic priority for the government. We will continue to advocate for the importance and value of dance at every level.”

There are many events that are held throughout the DanceHE community. Below you can see all of the upcoming events that are being held on our calendar.

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