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Acoustics research centre


Acoustics and audio research has been conducted at Salford since before 1965. Research is funded by research councils, national and international government bodies, and industry, including major national and international names. Our research has fed into products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and internationally.

We currently have 12 research active staff, 7 post doctoral research fellows and a lively community of PhD students who have authored many publications including two major texts on acoustics and a number of prizewinning publications.

The acoustics laboratories are world class having been completely rebuilt in 2005 at a cost of £2.5M. They include a listening room, reverberation rooms, three anechoic chambers, an accredited calibration laboratory and state of the art equipment and instrumentation. Through the laboratories we are able to bring much of our fundamental research into real life applications.

The Acoustics Research Centre is the primary partner for Acoustics research in the BBC Audio Research Partnership (Surrey University is the other primary partner and Southampton and York Universities and Queen Mary College are partners).

Acoustic Engineering was part of the University of Salford's Architectural and Built Environment submission for RAE 2008, which was ranked top for Research Power by Research Fortnight.

Three of our PhD students between them won three international and one national awards in 2012 and 2013.

We are active across a wide range of areas in acoustics, in particular including:

Acoustics Research Centre Blog

The Acoustics Research Centre has a live research blog at where you can keep up to date with all our latest research activities. You can find it at http://hub.salford.ac.uk/acoustics/.

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