Dr Diljeet Kaur Bhachu FHEA FRSA is a musician, educator, researcher and activist based in Glasgow. Graduating from the renowned BA Applied Music programme at the University of Strathclyde in 2011, where she also completed her Masters, she completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2019, with funding from the AHRC through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). Diljeet’s current work portfolio includes teaching at several HEIs, and conducting research on behalf of the EDIMS network into EDI issues in Music HE. She is also a Fellow in Music Education and Participation at the Royal Northern College of Music, focussing on inclusive pedagogy, and development and evaluation in the RNCM’s widening access work.
Diljeet is an activist with the Musicians’ Union (MU) and University and Colleges Union (UCU). She is a co-chair of the STUC Black Worker’s Committee, and sits the MU’s Executive Committee. In 2017 she co-founded the Scottish-Asian Creative Artists’ Network (ScrAN), to address the issues specific to Scottish-Asians working in the creative industries in Scotland, and is a co-organiser of the Decolonising the Musical University conference that took place virtually in July 2020. Diljeet sits on Hal Leonard’s new EDI Advisory Group, alongside other consultancy roles in the arts and cultural sectors. In 2021 Diljeet was invited to become a Fellow of the RSA (royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce), in recognition of her research and activism relating to race and gender issues in the music industry, and co-founding ScrAN.
Diljeet is one half of flutes/taiko/electronics duo Velma, with Georgie White. She is in the live band for Kapil Seshasayee, and features on his debut album A Sacred Bore (2018). She also improvises and writes for her own solo project with flutes and electronics and is currently writing her debut album. You can read some of Diljeet’s poetry in The Colour of Madness, a BAME Mental Health anthology published in 2018.