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Student satisfaction up at drama schools

National Student Survey results show improved ratings for drama schools
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Nine out of 10 students at Rose Bruford College, the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are happy with their training, according to this year’s results from a UK-wide student survey.

All three training providers improved their scores from last year’s National Student Survey, which compares happiness among pupils who are at the end of their courses at higher and further education institutions.

In 2014, Rose Bruford College scored an overall satisfaction level of 90% (up from last year’s 87%), while 89% of students at both the CDD and RCS said they were happy with the quality of their courses (increases from 87% and 84% respectively). The average satisfaction rate across all institutions taking part in the survey this year was 86%.

Michael Earley, principal and chief executive of Rose Bruford College, said the results were
a “terrific achievement” for the school.

He said: “As the college prepares to go forwards for taught degree awarding powers and, we hope, university title, it has been important for us to give continual attention to students’ teaching and learning needs, to focus staff research further and to improve the on-campus social offering as well as our
student union.”

Veronica Lewis and Edward Kemp, joint principals of CDD – which has eight affiliate members including RADA, LAMDA and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – said more of its students than ever before had taken part in this year’s survey.

They said: “The increased response gives a more comprehensive picture of our students’ experiences, and in light of this we are happy to see that we continue to score highly in overall satisfaction.”

Meanwhile, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts has seen a significant improvement from last year’s overall student satisfaction results, up 11% to 83%.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama also increased its score this year, by 5% to 86%. However, the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance both saw the number of students reporting overall satisfaction drop slightly, to 81% and 79% respectively.

The annual survey is published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which does not publicly release specific results for drama schools that are incorporated within larger universities.

This year, 71% of final-year students responded – the highest level since the survey began a decade ago – with around 321,000 pupils taking part across 322 higher and further education institutions in the UK.

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