Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ranked sixth best in the world


rcsThe Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has been ranked sixth in the world of performing arts education in a new global review by  Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).


Cabaret – RCS

Scotland’s national conservatoire joined some of the world’s most renowned  performing arts institutions including Juilliard in New York, Vienna’s prestigious University of Music and the Performing Arts and the renowned Sibelius Academy in Finland in a new ranking published on 22 March, 2016 by the most respected global higher education ranking authority.

The Top Ten Performing Acts Educational Institutions

1. The Juilliard School (USA)

2. University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Austria)

3. The Royal College of Music (UK)

4. University of Oxford (UK)

5. Royal Academy of Music (UK)

6. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (UK)

7. Sibelius Academy (Finland)

8. University of California, Berkeley (USA)

9. Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK)

10. Indiana University Bloomington (USA)

RCS is a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts. It is one of the world’s most multi-disciplinary arts learning and teaching environments. They offer an innovative curriculum with a specialised educational programme across many performing arts disciplines including:  music, drama, dance, film and production.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland said:

“I am thrilled and incredibly proud to see the innovative and ground-breaking work of our staff and students recognised in the global top 10 of these highly-respected QS rankings.

“The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is leading the way in redefining the performing arts for our nation and our students and graduates make diverse and important contributions to the arts and society globally.

“There is a special energy and daring creativity in our home city of Glasgow and I hope this recognition helps celebrate Scotland’s place as one of the world’s dynamic cultural nations.”

Founded in 1847, RCS now has over 1000 students from 52 countries around the world. Famous alumni include:  James McAvoy, John Hannah, Maureen Beattie, Daniela Nardini, Robert Carlyle, David Tennant, Alan Cumming,  Phyllis Logan, Alison Brie, Jack Bruce and Krysty Wilson-Cairns.


I very much enjoyed a teaching stint at the Royal Conservatoire, when I was seconded there by Glasgow Caledonian University, to work with students and staff regarding academic studies.  There was a wonderful vibrant atmosphere and the students produced many fascinating dissertations – worth a second read.

The world ranking announcement comes as RCS celebrates a five star review for its spectacular production of the iconic musical, Cabaret, and the launch of a new brand identity campaign aimed at attracting students to study at one of the world’s most innovative conservatoires.

The key campaign message, Life is not a rehearsal, speaks to prospective performing arts students who are making the important and life-changing decision on where to apply for higher education study.

Recently the Conservatoire has announced a £2.3million campaign to regarding the creation of a new Creative Campus with a one-to-one teaching complex and flexible rehearsal space.


Erskine Hospital Fundraiser , Comedy at The Stand, 18 May. 2016.
Seven Song Club – The Tron Thursday, 31 March, 2016

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