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Prof. Andrew Hugill MA PhD (b. 1957) is a composer and musicologist, also working in Computing and areas of literature. He is Founding Professor of Creative Computing at University of Leicester. For a full academic 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 sector. He has extensive experience of establishing new centres or subject areas, and overseeing transdisciplinary research teams. He has created new undergraduate and taught Masters programmes in Creative Computing and Creative Technologies and Enterprise at Bath Spa University, and Creative Technologies and Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University.

In 2013, he founded the Centre for Creative Computing as the first university-wide research centre at Bath Spa, including over thirty researchers from all the Schools and links with many technology companies.

From 2005-2012, he directed the Institute Of Creative Technologies (IOCT) at De Montfort University (DMU). This transdisciplinary research institute housed more than 95 researchers undertaking over 100 collaborative projects worth £7m in external funding. All the projects involved at least two disciplines working together, often in unusual combinations. Hugill co-directed the team that secured a £1.3 million Science Research Infrastructure Fund grant for its creation.

In 1999, he was awarded a £192,000 grant to establish a Centre for Technology and the Arts, which eventually became the Centre for Textual Studies, specialising in digital humanities. From this also emerged the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of which he remains an Associate Professor.

He has been awarded research grants by NESTA, EPSRC, AHRC, HEFCE, the DTI, and Arts Council: England. He is an Associate Researcher at the Universite de la Sorbonne, Paris, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Commandeur Requis of the College de 'Pataphysique, and a Sublime Meteque of the Academie Quebecoise de la 'Pataphysique.

He is a panel member of several research councils in Europe and the UK. He is a reviewer for MIT Press, Routledge, and 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: 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide (MIT Press, 2012) and The Digital Musician (Routledge, 2008/2012).

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.

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

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