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Prof. Andrew Hugill MA PhD (b. 1957) is a semi-retired composer and musicologist working in creative computing, health and pataphysics. He is Founding Professor of Creative Computing at University of Leicester and Director of Hugill Innovations Ltd. For a full CV please contact him directly.

In 2016, Hugill was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of his strategic impact on the Higher Education sector. He has extensive experience of establishing new centres or subject areas, and overseeing transdisciplinary research teams.

At University of Leicester, he is creating a new undergraduate programme in Creative Computing that is due to launch in 2019.

At Bath Spa University, he founded a Creative Computing Research Centre and a highly successful undergraduate course in 2014.

At De Montfort University, he founded and directed the Institute Of Creative Technologies from 2006. Before that he founded the interdisciplinary programme in Music, Technology and Innovation which flourishes to this day.

He has been awarded research grants by NESTA, EPSRC, AHRC, HEFCE, the DTI, and ACE, along with industrial research funding from UCAS and GNResound. 

He is a panel member of several research councils in Europe and the UK. He is a reviewer for MIT Press, CUP, Routledge, Bloomsbury and several other publishers. He is co-editor of the International Journal of Creative Computing (Inderscience) and the Cultural Computing book series (Springer) and has guest edited special issues of Digital Creativity (Routledge) and Contemporary Music Review (Routledge).

His publications include the monographs The Digital Musician (3rd edition, Routledge, 2018) and 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide (MIT Press, 2012) which was recently published in Russian.

His web project with the Philharmonia Orchestra 'The Sound Exchange' was nominated for the 2004 BT Digital Music Awards and includes the groundbreaking publication The Orchestra: A User's Manual.

His compositions have been performed and broadcast worldwide, and include: the interactive online opera 'The Imaginary Voyage', which features Land of Lace; the Secret Garden opera-ballet installation, which was viewed by over 36,000 people at the 2014 'Post-Humanist Desire' show in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei;‚ Pianolith for piano and grinding rock sounds, 'Island Symphony' for orchestra and live electronics, and Catalogue de Grenouilles for massed frog recordings, piano and optional ensemble. He has been commissioned by the BBC, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Zen-On Music, The Opera Group, Arts Council England, and many others.

He is a distinguished teacher and in 2006 was made a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His use of the internet as a creative, pedagogic and research tool was acknowledged by the British Library, who featured it in their exhibition Growing Knowledge: the evolution of research in 2011. In 2006 he was 'Highly Commended' by the Times Higher Education awards for the 'Most Imaginative Use of Distance Learning'. He has also been a consultant to the BBC's 21st Century Classroom project and to the National Grid for Learning.

He has supervised more than 20 PhD students and examined a similar number. He has been an external examiner‚ at several universities and has advised on many new degree programmes and research initiatives. He has been a consultant for many large and small tech companies, arts organisations and community groups, educational projects and the BBC.

Personal

Hugill was born Andrew Hugill Thomson in Chichester, England in 1957.

He was a pupil at Stroud School, Romsey, then Monkton Combe School, Bath, before attending Keele University from 1976-1979, where he read English and Music. He continued at Keele for his Masters, gaining an MA in Composition in 1981, studying under Roger Marsh (composition) and Tim Souster (electronic and computer music).

After university, he moved to London and worked as a freelance artist and music copyist for Novello and Co. In 1983, he founded the ensemble 'George W. Welch'. In 1984, he worked at the Opéra de Lyon and the Opera de Paris with Gavin Bryars (composer) and Robert Wilson (director). In the same year, he joined the College de 'Pataphysique.

In 1986, he began lecturing at Leicester Polytechnic on the BA Performing Arts: Music programme, teaching composition, performance and history.

In 1992, Leicester Polytechnic became De Montfort University (DMU), and in 1997 Hugill founded the BA/BSc Music, Technology and Innovation programme. By 1999, this included a Research Centre. He gained his Doctorate in 1997 and became a Professor of Music in the same year.

In 2006, he was awarded £1.3 million to establish the Institute Of Creative Technologies, a transdisicplinary centre which, at its height, included over 100 researchers and generated in excess of £7 million in external funding.

In 2009, Hugill was diagnosed with Ménière's Disease. A full account of his experiences with this condition may be found here.

In 2018 he retired, but was immediately re-employed by University of Leicester on a fractional contract. He also set up Hugill Innovations Ltd to handle his various creative, consultancy and research projects.

Hugill's hobbies include chess and geocaching. His wife, Louise, is a crafter. They live aboard a narrowboat somewhere on the Grand Union canal.