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Royal College of Music teaching rated outstanding by Department of Education

Thursday 22 June 2017


The Royal College of Music is delighted to announce it has achieved an overall rating of gold for its outstanding teaching and learning provision for undergraduates in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The result announced today continues a string of similar recognition for the RCM, which had the highest percentage of world-leading research of all London conservatoires in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), and which was ranked top institution for performing arts provision in Europe in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

Director Professor Colin Lawson CBE comments; ‘The RCM’s dynamic learning and teaching environment is world-leading and I am delighted that our TEF result reflects the inspirational education available to Royal College of Music students.’

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the Royal College of Music delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The RCM’s excellent facilities and digital learning resources, intensive small group and one-to-one teaching and processes for course design and assessment were noted. The panel also recognised the support, skills and knowledge offered to students via the RCM’s Creative Careers Centre including our Teaching Service, working with the community via our Sparks outreach programme, and our Professional Engagements Service.

The TEF assessed higher education institutions against a set of common criteria. A mixture of statistical evidence and additional commentary was subject to peer review by panels of experts in teaching and learning as well as student representatives.