London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, alongside a group of partner organisations, has been awarded more than £1.4 million in funding for two new research projects.
The first, which seeks to help arts students improve their business skills and have more sustainable careers after graduation, was awarded £900,000 by the Office for Students and Research England.
Called the StART Entrepreneurship Scheme, it is led by Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music with University of the Arts London and Central.
The second project, led by Central with support from the the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the My Dementia Improvement Network, will explore how theatre and storytelling techniques can be used to improve patient experiences in the NHS.
This project was awarded more than £560,000 by the Office for Students and Research England.
Both projects are scheduled to commence in autumn this year.
Central principal Gavin Henderson said: “We are delighted to have been honoured with this recognition and are grateful to the Office for Students and Research England for its tremendous support. This funding is critical for Central as we move forward with the important work of Knowledge Exchange which benefits our students, our community and our sector.
"This award has also been very timely. There has never been a more crucial moment than this one to invest in entrepreneurial endeavours, to encourage students to work together, to think about the world in new and unique ways and to build strong connections within our sector and beyond."
Henderson added: "And there has never been a more important moment to support the incredible staff and patients of our NHS."