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Royal College of Music teaching rated ‘OUTSTANDING’ by Department of Education

Thursday 22 June 2017

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

The TEF assessed higher education institutions against a set of common criteria covering many different aspects of teaching and learning. Based on a mixture of statistical evidence and additional commentary submitted by each institution, the assessment was carried out by peer review panels comprised of experts in teaching and learning as well as student representatives. The TEF relates to undergraduate learning and teaching only and is intended to provide clear information to prospective students about where the best provision can be found.

The TEF outlined three main areas for evaluation: teaching quality; learning environment; and student outcome and learning gain.

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 Engagement Service.

Professor Richard Wistreich, the Royal College of Music’s Director of Research comments; ‘The TEF provides a thorough evaluation by a diverse panel of external academic peers and underlines the high quality teaching on offer at the Royal College of Music.’

Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the Royal College of Music 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.’

The outstanding TEF result follows the RCM being named the London conservatoire with the highest percentage of world-leading research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).  The RCM is also ranked as the top institution for performing arts provision in Europe in the QS World University Rankings 2017.


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