Pettman DARE Fellowship in
Music Education Project Management


Fellowship for a UK/EEA citizen

A Pettman DARE Fellowship provides a fully funded year of applied research in the Education department at Opera North and at the University of Leeds, before progressing to the next stage of a career in music education.

As a Pettman Dare Fellow you are registered as a taught post-graduate student at the University of Leeds, at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries  in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.

The majority of practical research takes place at Opera North, where you assist in the project management of Opera North’s award-winning In Harmony programme, and observe a broad range of education activity. You also learn about Music Education in the context of a large arts organisation.

At the University of Leeds you study Masters’ level modules on topics relevant to Music Education and the arts in the UK.

Through this combination of practical experience and academic study, the programme is assessed and accredited as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Performing Arts Management.

What benefits do Fellows get from the programme?

What do Fellows do and learn at Opera North?

For at least two days a week, you are at Opera North in Leeds, within the Education department.  This includes: –

What does the Fellow do at the University of Leeds?

You spend at least two days a week studying at the university or researching off-campus. As a post-graduate student, you have access to the vast range of learning opportunities offered by the University as well as specific support from your academic mentors – great for research into topics relevant to music education and community engagement.

In addition to the Diploma’s assessed modules, you can audit (sit in on, without assessment) other lectures across the campus.

Do Fellows connect with organisations and activity outside Opera North and University of Leeds?

Yes, you are encouraged to find out about and visit relevant organisations and activities across the UK.  Former Fellows have, for example, visited the Education teams at Welsh National Opera; Birmingham Opera; Scottish Opera; Glyndebourne; and Liverpool Philharmonic. You are also encouraged to attend relevant conferences and symposia, subject to budget.

Is there any formal training?

Yes.  Fellows’ training needs are identified, and appropriate courses are sourced, such as Fundraising, and Marketing, subject to budget.

How are Fellows monitored?

You need to be self-driven.  We provide you with a broad range of opportunities and aim to respond positively to any suggestions you have.  It is up to you to make the most of them.

How is the Fellowship Funded?

Thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Mrs Maureen Pettman and her late husband Barrie, the Fellowship is fully funded, including: –

The application process

To apply, you are required to have: –

Please note you are unlikely to be shortlisted if you have already experienced a comparable, post-degree, paid internship.

Regretfully applications for the 2020/21 Fellowship are postponed due to covid19.  If you are interested in the programme, please email and we will update you as soon as we have further information.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Opera North and the University of Leeds encourage and welcome applications from candidates regardless of ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, religious belief or any other irrelevant factor. To support this commitment and to help us develop our policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey. Any information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential, be held separately from the application form and will only be used for anonymous monitoring purposes.  It will not be used at any stage of the selection process.  Please note all questions are optional and we respect your right not to provide all or some of the information requested, but the more information that is supplied, the more effective our monitoring will be.


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