There is nothing that drives the economy as much as creativity, there is nothing that drives creativity as much as the Arts, so it is vital that we foster them and invest in them.
Professor Frank Lyons MBE
Dean of Research and Impact in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Ulster University.
"We are proud to have received years of encouragement from Frank Lyons. His passion and dedication to higher education, music and inclusive creativity has inspired many."
Frank Lyons is Professor of Music and Dean of Research and Impact in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Ulster University.
He has developed an international profile as a composer and researcher with over 150 performances and exhibitions of his works having been given in China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, the US, Europe, the UK and Ireland and broadcast on BBC, RTE, NPR and ABCFM by some of the world’s leading soloists and ensembles.
In 2010 he was awarded the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Art Prize with media artist Masaki Fujihata for their interactive installation piece Simultaneous Echoes which has been exhibited in Canada, Germany, Japan and Poland.
His intermedia piece The River Still Sings, co-commissioned by the City of London Festival and Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013, was premiered by the Fidelio Trio in June 2013. The River Still Sings features a newly commissioned poem by Seamus Deane, narration by James Nesbitt and video by Paul Moore.
His groundbreaking piece, NonZeroSum for inclusive ensemble was performed across Europe in 2017 to widespread acclaim and was showcased in a multi-site networked performance in March 2019.
He has developed an international network of research collaborations in the field of creative technologies and disability under the ‘Inclusive Creativity’ banner; this work was rated as ‘world-leading’ in the most recent UK research assessment exercise REF2014.
Frank recently co-led the successful Future Screens NI bid to AHRC Creative Industries Clusters programme which secured funding of £13million to support the development of creative industries in Northern Ireland.
Frank was awarded an MBE for services to higher education and music in the New Year’s Honours list 2020. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Co-Director of the Creative Industries Institute and Co-Director (Partnerships) of Future Screens NI.
Derry - Londonderry
The friendly village atmosphere of our Magee campus offers an intimate learning environment in the heart of Northern Ireland’s second city, Derry~Londonderry. Located in the North West of Northern Ireland and a short distance from County Donegal, Derry~Londonderry is ideally situated for exploring some of Ireland’s most dramatic landscapes.
Ongoing investment has provided state-of-the-art teaching, research and support facilities for students and staff.
Teaching strengths on campus include business, cinematic arts, Irish, music, drama, computing, engineering, nursing and law.
Here, in Foyle Arts within the Magee Campus of Ulster University is where Dr Denise and Shaun discovered the ground-breaking methodology, Conductology.
Over years, they researched, developed, trialed and scientifically proved the life-changing concept - which has the potential to positively impact millions of children, young adults and adults with disabilities all over the world.
All nationalities, all languages, all cultures. When words fail... Music speaks! (Hans Christian Anderson)
The Conductology methodology will be taught across universities, schools, colleges and centres, ranging from Pre-entry level to the Certified Conductologist at Level 3.
This vast spread of knowledge, expertise and understanding will be embedded into musical education and practices which will, in turn, positively impact lives and bring about huge societal change.
As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. Renowned for its world-class teaching, Ulster aims to transform lives, stretch minds and develop the skills required by a growing economy. The outcomes of our research have global significance with local relevance, and contribute to the social, economic and cultural betterment of our region.
Although the University can trace its roots back to the Victorian era, our sights are set firmly on the future. Our students are at the centre of everything we do, and each of our four campuses provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that will engage our students and give them the skills they need to carve out their careers.
This is a new era for Ulster University as we are embarking on an ambitious plan for the next five years with a strategic vision that will take us to our fiftieth anniversary in 2034. At Ulster University we want to build on our successes and leave a legacy that is strong and dynamic.
At Ulster we have a strong sense of civic responsibility. As we are the only university spread across Northern Ireland we have the opportunity to fully participate and deliver meaningful impact across the wider community. We support our students and give them the necessary skills so they can build a better future for those around them.
Our University has an outstanding reputation for teaching and research; this can be seen in the NSS survey and our results in the latest Research Excellence Framework. Academic excellence permeates every aspect of our endeavours. We have an outstanding reputation for teaching as well as world-class teaching facilities, coupled together, this creates an educational experience that develops skills, raises ambitions and prepares future leaders.
Our research is world-leading and globally relevant, we work with other universities around the world to deliver ground-breaking research that can help future generations. At Ulster University we are proud of our multi-cultural community, we have many international students and staff, and promote a strong, internationally-relevant curriculum.
Throughout our campuses we have a vibrant community of staff members, all talented and skilled individuals, that inspire our students and prepare them for life after university. We encourage integrity and diversity allowing our University to reflect the makeup of the global society we serve.