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. 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 prizewinning publications including two major texts on acoustics.
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.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), our acoustics research was singled out by the panel for Architecture and Built Environment. Outputs showed ‘particular strengths in acoustics’ and there was ‘outstanding impact in acoustics for the built environment.’ Our REF impact case study on Acoustics was used by EPSRC and the Royal Academy of Engineering to highlight the economic benefits of research.
Example projects include:
The acoustics laboratories are world class. They include a Listening room, Reverberation rooms, 3 Anechoic chambers, an accredited calibration laboratory, and a state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation.
Head of Acoustics Research Group: Professor David Waddington
Professor Jamie Angus
Professor Trevor Cox
Prof Bill Davies
Dr Ian Drumm
Dr Bruno Fazenda
Dr Jon Hargreaves
Dr Jos Hirst
Professor Yiu Wai Lam
Dr Francis Li
Professor Andy Moorhouse
Dr Paul Kendrick
Dr Ben Shirley
Dr Olga Umnova
Dr Sabine von Hunerbein
Prof David Waddington
Dr Andy Elliot
Dr Simone Graetzer
Dr Rob Oldfield
Dr James Woodcock
Find out more information about typical jobs our acoustic postgraduates take up at the end of their studies. In addition, some use a PhD or other research degree as a stepping stone to a career in academia.
Head of Research Group (Acoustics)
Prof David Waddington
Tel: (0044) 0161 295 4989
Acoustics Measurements: Andy Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Architectural and Building Acoustics: Trevor Cox at email@example.com.
Audio Engineering: Ben Shirley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Modelling of Sound: John Hargreaves at email@example.com
Environmental Noise and Vibration: David Waddington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials for Acoustics: Olga Umnova at email@example.com.
Psychoacoustics: Bill Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Engagement: Trevor Cox at email@example.com.
Vibro-acoustics: Andy Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.