ISM President-Elect Professor Chris Collins appointed new Head of School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at University of Aberdeen

Professor Chris Collins, ISM President-Elect, has been appointed Head of School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at University of Aberdeen and will lead the School from June 2020.

He will be joining the University from Bangor University where he has been since 2001, heading up the School of Music since 2012 and the School of Music and Media since 2018.

Of his appointment, Professor Chris Collins said:


‘I have been extremely impressed by the genuinely interdisciplinary nature of the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. This is really important to me, because my own research touches on many different disciplines, and is multilingual.

I’m also very keen to find out more about the School’s wider work in the north of Scotland. I learned Welsh in Bangor, and can’t wait to start learning Gaelic. I am also looking forward to the busy and vibrant atmosphere in the School and to exploring how we can lead the way with innovations and new agendas in matters of real importance for the future.

I’ve been a regular visitor to the north east for many years and I’m looking forward to making the area my home. I’ve walked the Speyside Way twice, and I adore the Cairngorms. I’m going to miss the mountains of Snowdonia, but I’ll have plenty of Munros to keep me busy.'


At Bangor University Chris led a number of initiatives around diversity in the curriculum and student engagement and helped drive outstanding National Student Survey results for the subjects in his School.

The main focus of his research is music in early twentieth-century Spain and has published widely on the life and music of Manuel de Falla, the composer of The Three-Cornered Hat and Nights in the Gardens of Spain. He is currently working on a new edition of Falla’s published writings, and he also works on British popular music and music education.