NSCD successfully registers with the Office for Students


Thursday 16th June 2022, 5:24pm NSCD successfully registers with the Office for Students

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We are thrilled to announce that we have successfully registered with the Office for Students (OfS), officially becoming an independent Higher Education Provider (HEP) as of 1 August 2022.  This outcome highlights the dedication and generosity our students and staff gave to the application process and follows a very successful Quality standards review, carried out by the QAA, earlier this year.

Our new status as an independent Higher Education Provider and successful registration means that we are recognised for:

  • providing well-designed courses that deliver a high-quality experience for all students
  • supporting our students from admission through to completion
  • ensuring students’ outcomes are valued by employers or enable further study
  • awarding qualifications that hold their value over time, in line with recognised standards

The result comes after two decades of collegiate membership of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, under which all member Schools were previously registered.

Sharon Watson MBE, DL, CEO & Principal of the School said:

“We find ourselves at a very exciting time. Our new independence will allow Northern School of Contemporary Dance to continue our future-facing approach to growth and inclusivity. From a strong foundation we can make step changes to deliver our mission as a world-leading HE specialist.”

Professor Peter Moizer, chair of the Board of Governors, said:

"This [outcome] demonstrates the strength and quality of the School's staff and students.  Congratulations to all involved in the registration process, which showed the School in such a positive light."

Darren Carr, Director of Studies, said:

"This represents our ambition to continue to provide world-class dance education and the best possible experience for all 260 of our students across undergraduate and postgraduate courses. As an institution, we remain committed to our students and their ambitions, helping them to fulfil their personal and professional potential. Registration will enable us to continue to explore exciting avenues of partnership, artistic development and opportunities for collaboration. As a school, we would like to thank the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama for their years of knowledge and guidance over the past two decades."

NSCD will continue to develop and cherish existing relationships with former CDD member schools, including Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and Rambert School, retaining a collective vision for a vibrant performing arts sector in the UK.

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama will continue to support NSCD up to the date of transition, which is 1 August 2022.

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