Ex student, Roddy Hawkins, who left Varndean in 2001 with A Levels in Politics, Music and English. went onto study Musicology at Leeds University. He worked his way from an undergraduate course to doctorate level. His thesis being “British politics surrounding the music of the 70s and 80s”. He continues to research aesthetic theory, digital cultures, theories of practise and the politics of consumption and has also started teaching at the University of Manchester. In addition, he has been an Early Career Research Associate at the Institute of Musical Research (London) and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. He is an Admissions Officer for undergraduates and gave the music students some helpful tips for their university applications.
In the future, he plans to continue research into contemporary music ensembles. His ambition is that in 5 years he will publish his research findings and continue to teach.