Professor Geoff Smith

Job title
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
01326 253672 Ext: 3672

As a composer, I released my first album, Gas-Food-Lodging, on Kitchenware Records (home to Prefab Sprout) - a collection of songs and music for piano and string quartet, published by EMI Worldwide. In 1994, whilst teaching music at the universities of Manchester and Huddersfield, I became the youngest composer to be signed to Sony Classical in the history of the label. My first Sony album, Fifteen Wild Decembers, was produced by Steve Nye at The Power Station in New York City. That same year, Faber & Faber published my book of interviews with contemporary American composers, American Originals, featuring John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass. The second Sony Classical album, Black Flowers, was recorded in 1996 at AIR Studios in London. These Sony Classical recordings led to several international tours by The Geoff Smith Band across the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.

In 1997, I became a senior lecturer in music at Bath Spa University. Having launched a successful new course in creative music technology (1998), I became head of department in 2000 and developed new provision in commercial music. The department grew rapidly into one of the largest in the UK and achieved a top five ranking in the National Student Satisfaction Survey. I was promoted again in 2002 - this time to found a new School of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa. In 2005, I co-wrote Bath Spa’s successful £4.5m bid for HEFCE recognition as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. That same year, I was awarded professorial title for Outstanding Qualities of Academic Leadership and became a Quality Assurance Agency institutional reviewer. From 2005-08, I was an elected member of the NAMHE executive (the National Association for Music in Higher Education) and a member of PALATINE's Advisory Board (the national HEA Subject Centre for the Performing Arts).

I joined Falmouth in 2008, soon after the merger with Dartington College of Arts. As the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, I am accountable to the Vice-Chancellor & CEO for the strategic development and effective delivery of an internationally distinctive, high quality and sustainable academic portfolio. 


YearQualificationAwarding body
BA (Hons) in Music
University of Nottingham
MPhil in Electronic Music
The Queen's College, University of Oxford
PhD in Composition
University of Huddersfield
MBA in Higher Education Management
Institute of Education, University of London

Membership of external committees

Executive Committee, Universities South West
Steering Group, Combined Universities in Cornwall

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Music composition
  • American minimalism and experimental music

Research outputs



Invited by UKTI, BBC Worldwide and Universal Music Group to speak at the UKTI-led 'Technology Innovators Forum' in Qingdao, China, 29-30 May 2014

Research students

Previous student supervision

Andy Keep (PhD, Bath Spa University, 2007): Responsive performance strategies with electronic feedback: shaping intrinsic behaviours

Number of research students supervised to completion: 1

Research degrees examined

I have examined four PhD students - one each at the University of Edinburgh, Brunel University, the University of the West of England and the University of Wolverhampton.

Number of research degree examinations: 4


Areas of teaching

music technology

Professional engagement