RCM tops Guardian League Table

Tuesday 26 May 2015


The Royal College of Music has been ranked first in the 2016 Guardian University League Table for music.

The Royal College of Music is the only institution in the music league table to score a full 100 marks in The Guardian’s overall ranking of the university. The RCM’s career score was also the highest in the table - with 97% of graduates finding graduate-level jobs, or studying further, within six months of graduation - and a top rating of 10/10 was given for the RCM's individual investment in each student.

The Guardian’s university guide states, ‘Students at London's Royal College of Music have no excuse not to feel inspired’, praising the RCM’s location, ‘top-notch’ facilities and care in preparing students for viable careers in the music industry.

This league table success follows the RCM’s excellent results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in which it was named as the London conservatoire with the highest percentage of world-leading research.

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the RCM, comments: 'The RCM continues to be a natural first choice for talented students from around the world and I am delighted that the 2016 Guardian University League Table confirms our position as the UK’s leading institution for music education.'

It is the RCM’s continued investment into the student learning experience that helps explain why RCM musicians continue to achieve huge success around the world, including at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards (in which the RCM recently enjoyed a clean sweep of all prizes) and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.

The RCM’s recently announced £25 million More Music development project will transform the RCM's South Kensington estate, future-proofing high-quality music education and guaranteeing access to excellence for generations to come. 

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