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Governance & Organisation

Royal Charter

The RCM is established under a Royal Charter that dates from 1883. The Charter was revised in 1994, when a Supplemental Charter was granted. The Royal Charter and Statutes were extensively revised by the College in 2009, when Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to allow the amendments at a meeting of the Privy Council held on 9 July 2009. Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to approve an Order amending the Royal Charter of the Royal College of Music further at a meeting of the Privy Council held on 24 April 2018 at Windsor Castle. The amendments to the Statutes were also approved by the Privy Council.

The Council

The Council is the governing body of the RCM and is supported in this role by a number of committees, principal among these being the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

A register of Council members' interests is maintained, and is available for inspection on request to the Clerk to the Council.

The senior academic committee of the RCM is the Senate. The functions of the Senate are described in the Charter as to “advise the Council on all academic matters affecting the educational policy of the College and related matters”. In practice this means that the Senate is responsible for matters of academic policy and regulations, quality assurance and academic standards, the design of the curriculum and arrangements for assessment and for research policy. It has a committee structure to support it in this wide task.

Further information

Further information can be provided by the Clerk to the Council.

Council statement of primary responsibilities and schedule of delegation of powers (77 kb)

Council Members - biographies (446 kb)

Role Description of Members of Council (40 kb)

Directorate Responsibilities (69 kb)

Senate Members - biographies (431 kb)

RCM Organisation Structure (125 kb)

RCM Committee Handbook 2018/19 (594 kb)

Committee Schedule 2018-19 (51 kb)

Internal Audit - KCG (321 kb)

Royal College of Music Annual Review 2017-2018

Royal College of Music Royal Charter

Royal College of Music Royal Charter (663 kb)

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