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HEFCE Awards Royal College of Music Enhanced Funding

Thursday 5 May 2016


The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce an increase in the specialist institution funding by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for 2016/17, which will continue until at least 2020. This funding only goes to institutions recognised as delivering ‘world-leading teaching’ by an international expert panel.

In a review of the RCM’s application, HEFCE’s panel found the College’s alumni to be ‘highly distinguished and undoubtedly recognised by comparable institutions, employers and external funders as world-leading’. Furthermore, the RCM’s ‘excellent interaction with both the music scene in London and the highest level of international musical life was seen to provide the foundation for the success of graduates’ and ‘being able to sustain one of the richest and most intensive programmes of public performance of any conservatoire in the world was seen as a true area of strength.’

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the RCM, said: ‘I am delighted that HEFCE have awarded the RCM an increased funding allocation and that in doing so, the panel have recognised the significant contribution both the College and its graduates make to the world of music and the creative industries. Our exciting plans for the future will ensure the RCM continues to lead the field as a world-class institution for music education and safeguard our unrivalled student experience for generations to come.’

The increased funding from HEFCE will help the RCM realise its ambitious plans over the next five-years. During this period the College will further develop its South Kensington estate to create new facilities for music education, invest in new academic and digital initiatives further consolidating the RCM’s position at the cutting edge of research and innovation and continue to attract the most talented students and professors from the UK and abroad.

Plans to further enhance the student experience and provide enhanced accompaniment provision are also under review.