RCM student in the Donaldson Room

Teaching and learning resources lead the way in National Student Survey (NSS) 2022

Thursday 7 July 2022

The Royal College of Music has achieved an overall satisfaction score of 84% in the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS) highlighting its position as one of the most highly rated conservatoires in the UK.  

The NSS is an annual survey of final year undergraduates studying in the UK. It gathers students’ feedback on the quality of their course using 27 questions related to different aspects of their education experience. The RCM scored particularly highly in areas related to the quality of teaching, academic support and learning facilities & resources.   

Students rated the teaching at the Royal College of Music particularly highly with 94% of respondents stating that staff are good at explaining course content. 88% of RCM students reported that they had been inspired to achieve their best work while studying at the College.

The RCM Library achieved a score of over 90% for the fifth consecutive year reflecting recent investments in facilities. In 2020, the RCM was the first institution to form a partnership with nkoda, the digital sheet music library. From 2021 RCM musicians have been able to use Henle Library, giving our students access to thousands of scores online.

Professor Colin Lawson, RCM Director, said: ‘A fantastic student experience is the Royal College of Music’s priority and I am delighted that this year's NSS result reflects this. My thanks go to Heads of Faculty and all RCM professors and staff who work tirelessly to provide the highest-quality education for our talented students.’

Following recent investment in facilities the RCM completed two new state-of-the-art performance spaces in 2020. A new Royal College of Music Museum opened to the public in 2021 and has one of the richest collections of music-related objects in Europe. The newly opened Wolfson Centre in Music & Material Culture provides students with access to 14,000 items from the RCM’s collections to support studies through object-based learning. Investment in RCM Studios and digital resources allows students access to RCM performances, scores and our Virtual Learning Environment wherever they are in the world.

The RCM is ranked top global institution for performing arts in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

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