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Royal Welsh College maintains top spot for university drama training

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's production of Candide. Photo: Mark Douet Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's production of Candide. Photo: Mark Douet
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The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has topped the rankings of university drama and dance providers for the fourth time since 2013.

The Cardiff college has been named the number one UK university for drama and dance in the Guardian University Guide 2019. It also took the top spot last year.

The league table comprises 87 universities across the UK, which are ranked in subject area by a number of factors. These include student satisfaction with the course and its teaching, student to staff ratio and the percentage of graduates who find work within six months of leaving.

Final-year students at the Royal Welsh College scored the school 98 out of 100 for course and teaching satisfaction, while 86% of graduates found paid employment or were in further study after six months.

Director of drama Sean Crowley praised the college’s staff for offering “an incredibly rich experience and excellent opportunities to showcase [students’] work”.

“Our relationship with the industry is critical to this success and we constantly strive to provide our students with the best possible opportunities for employment on graduation,” he said.

The University of Essex, of which East 15 is part, came in second place, followed by Birmingham City, which includes the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

The top 10 also features the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama – made up of eight schools including RADA and LAMDA – which came in eighth place, up from 16th last year.

The University of Surrey, which includes Guildford School of Acting, saw its year-on-year ranking fall from second to 16th.

Guardian University Guide 2019: top 10 universities for drama and dance

  1. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  2. University of Essex
  3. Birmingham City University
  4. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  5. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  6. University of Exeter
  7. University of Birmingham
  8. Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
  9. University of Warwick
  10. University of Glasgow

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