Governance & Organisation
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.
Royal College of Music Royal Charter (663 kb)
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, Charlotte Martin.
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 can be provided by the Clerk to the Council, Charlotte Martin.
Council Members - biographies (354 kb)
Directorate Responsibilities (69 kb)
Senate Members - biographies (290 kb)
RCM Organisation Structure (125 kb)
RCM Committee Handbook 2019/20 (879 kb)
Committee Schedule 2019-20 (172 kb)
Committee Schedule 2020-21 (173 kb)
Internal Audit - KCG (321 kb)
Every autumn the Royal College of Music produces an Annual Review of its activities, successes and finances for the previous academic year. You can download a copy of the most recent Annual Review below.
Royal College of Music Annual Review 2018-19 (7,885 kb)