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Anglia Ruskin University recognised by the Queen for world-leading music therapy work

Anglia Ruskin University has received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world-leading music therapy work – and in particular its…

By admin , in Cambridge , at November 30, 2021 Tags:

Anglia Ruskin University has received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world-leading music therapy work – and in particular its research with people living with dementia, and their families.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes recognise outstanding work by UK universities and colleges that shows the highest levels of quality and innovation and delivers significant public benefit.

The Prizes are the highest national honour awarded in UK higher and further education and are granted by the Queen every two years.

ARU’s Cambridge campus is home to a music therapy clinic and research institute, the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research, which has a team of 30 researchers, including 20 PhD students at any one time, and is the largest and most influential research unit of its kind in the world.

Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Director of ARU’s Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research, said: “On average, someone in the UK develops dementia every three minutes and it is expected to become the 21st century’s biggest killer.

“At ARU, our important research examining the benefits of music therapy for people living with dementia is already beginning to influence national policy. Receiving recognition like this, from the Queen, will hopefully further signal the importance of our findings to policymakers both in the UK and abroad.”

ARU was the first university in the UK to offer MA level music therapy training and over the last 25 years, ARU researchers have developed world-leading expertise and driven innovations in global policy and practice, including research into music and the brain.