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Rose Bruford wins power to award its own degrees

Staff and students of Rose Bruford College with principal Michael Earley (centre), celebrating the announcement of taught degree awarding powers. Photo: Michael O'Reilly Staff and students of Rose Bruford College with principal Michael Earley (centre), celebrating the announcement of taught degree awarding powers. Photo: Michael O'Reilly
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Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has been given power to award its own degrees.

From September this year, students will study for degrees given directly by the college itself, rather than the University of Manchester, which currently awards the college’s degrees.

Rose Bruford principal Michael Earley said the move was a “significant milestone” in the college’s history, adding that it meant the school can develop its own degrees.

The college said a number of new degrees were in the pipeline, subject to validation, and could be implanted from September this year, including a new BA (hons) in stage and events management, and new master’s courses in devising theatre and performance, and actor musicianship.

Richard Eyre, honorary president of the college, praised the move to grant Rose Bruford taught degree awarding powers.

“Rose Bruford College has a global reputation for delivering excellent and diverse professional vocational training in all aspects of theatre and performance. The awarding of TDAP will not only augment this reputation, but also ensure the continued development and growth of a coherent, industry-informed curriculum,” he said.

The college said its current first and second-year students would be given the option to move across to a Rose Bruford College degree or continue with a University of Manchester degree until they graduate.

Its current third year students will receive a University of Manchester degree.

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