Students rehearsing in RCM new performance hall

National Student Survey (NSS) results announced

Thursday 16 July 2020

The Royal College of Music has achieved a strong performance in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS). The RCM received the highest score (93%) across UK music conservatoires relating to the resources available that support student learning and achieved a high overall student satisfaction score of 84% in the annual survey.

RCM students responded positively to the many first-rate facilities that support and enhance their learning experience. This is the third consecutive year the RCM Library has achieved a score of over 90%. In addition to the physical library and special collections on offer to students, the RCM recently became the first higher education institution to partner with digital sheet music library nkoda, offering RCM students access to thousands of digital scores.

RCM Director, Professor Colin Lawson said: ‘This result is a tribute to the commitment of our professorial, academic and administrative staff as well as our SU team who support our students every day. We understand how important world leading resources are to the student learning experience and 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 RCM campus has recently undergone significant investment as part of the More Music development, which has transformed our home in South Kensington. The More Music project has delivered additional outstanding new facilities including two new performance spaces, a new café/bar, a new RCM Museum and additional teaching rooms.

The RCM is ranked top conservatoire for performing arts in the UK in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2020 and has held this position for five consecutive years. We were also named the top UK conservatoire for music for the second consecutive year in the Complete University Guide Arts, Drama and Music League Table 2021. 

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