Students rate RCM as top music conservatoire in the UK

Wednesday 1 August 2018


The Royal College of Music has been ranked the top music conservatoire out of all Higher Education Institutions in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education in its report of the latest annual National Student Satisfaction Survey (NSS).

The National Student Survey provides the most comprehensive feedback on the student experience at each institution and this year’s results highlight the strength of the RCM. Students praised the excellence of the College’s professors and teaching staff, with 96% reporting that staff made the subject interesting. Additionally 99% of students responded positively to the first-rate facilities found in the RCM Library that have supported and enhanced their learning experience. Both results mark the highest percentages across all UK conservatoires.

Providing cutting edge facilities is a key priority for the College. The RCM campus is currently undergoing a significant investment as part of the More Music development which will transform the RCM’s iconic London home, providing an inspirational environment in which our students can create, research and perform music in outstanding facilities for years to come.

RCM Director Colin Lawson said: ‘This fantastic result is a tribute to the commitment of our professorial, academic and administrative staff across the College. We are ambitious for each and every student and ensure our teaching and facilities remain world leading. I am delighted that our students’ feedback confirms the RCM’s position as a natural first choice for talented students from around the world.’

The news follows a series of excellent results for the RCM including recent data published by the Higher Education Statistic Agency which found that students from the Royal College of Music are among the most employable in the UK, with 100% of RCM alumni who responded to the survey having moved into employment or further study six months after graduating. The RCM is also ranked the top conservatoire for Performing Arts in the UK and Europe by the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

Details on the results can be found on the Times Higher Education website and further information on the NSS website.

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