CDD judged to be world-leading - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Thursday 12th May 2016, 8:56am CDD judged to be world-leading

Northern School of Contemporary Dance is delighted to share news that the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama has been judged as world-leading in its fields of dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre, as part of a recent Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) review of institution-specific targeted allocation (ISTA) funding.

HEFCE commissioned an independent panel, chaired by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and including international experts, to review all submissions. Eligible institutions were invited to submit a written application against published criteria, with evidence required to demonstrate ‘a genuine and consistent reputation within [its] peer group for providing world-leading teaching’ and that the institution’s ‘students, graduates and teaching practitioners are maintaining world-leading developments in their specialisms, or creating the new industries or art forms of the future’.

HEFCE confirmed on Friday 6 May that the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is amongst the list of institutions found to be world-leading.

Edward Kemp, Principal of the Conservatoire and Director of RADA, said:

“The Conservatoire schools are dedicated to the training of exceptional artists, and we are delighted to receive formal recognition from such a distinguished and expert panel for the impact of our students, staff and graduates on the industries they serve, both in the UK and internationally. HEFCE’s support is vital in helping us to nurture a diverse pool of young artists and continuing our work to make this world-leading provision accessible to the most talented students, irrespective of background.”

Northern School of Contemporary Dance is one of eight partner schools comprising the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, alongside Bristol Old Vic Theatre SchoolCentral School of BalletLAMDALondon Contemporary Dance SchoolNational Centre for Circus ArtsRambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and RADA.