Institution/Company: University of Edinburgh
Areas of Interest: Creative and Performing Arts
Keywords: music Cognitive sciences Social interaction Improvisation
Nikki Moran is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in interdisciplinary music cognition research through a range of projects on performance involving involved expert classical North Indian duos, jazz and free improvisers, and western classical ensembles and conductors. Nikki led the development of a new undergraduate Music degree in 2013 and has since worked on various projects concerning open educational resources, devising critical curricula that reflect issues around values and inclusion arising from her research – to do with the role of conventional music literacy in HE and music scholarship, access and participation in music education, and concerning critical approaches to scientific and public discourse around music and arts.
Nikki served as YAS co-Chair on the Facilitating Group from 2019-2021, organising and chairing the most recent annual Network meeting of the European Young Academies (#ENYA2021), and with responsibility for the continuation of YAS’ At-Risk and Refugee Academics membership scheme.
Nikki is a co-chair of the YAS, job-sharing the Facilitating Group’s role for International Profile and with responsibility for YAS’ At-Risk and Refugee Academics membership scheme.
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She designs and delivers interactive and visual ‘big picture thinking’ sessions for senior officials. These sessions focus on addressing key policy challenges, teasing out their interdependencies, and situating them in their global context.