Founded in 1847 and located in Glasgow, RCS is one of the finest multi-disciplinary arts education environments in the world, with excellent performance and rehearsal venues and a range of active professional partnerships, including those with all of Scotland’s national arts companies.

It ranks consistently in the global top 10 of the prestigious QS Rankings alongside the likes of New York’s Juilliard School, London’s Royal College and Royal Academy and the Conservatoire de Paris.

Everything we do is driven by excellence. We provide students with the skills they need to excel and find their artistic voice in a way that is relevant to and impactful in the world as it is. Our campus buildings in Glasgow are filled with activity and, with a performance programme of more than 600 public performances each year (in normal circumstances), RCS is one of the busiest performance venues in the country.

Welcome to RCS


Hear from our Chair, Nick Kuenssberg on what we are looking for in our new Board members.

We are delighted you are considering applying to join the Board of Governors and help shape the future one of the most creative and collaborative institutions in Europe.

RCS Principal, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey also shares what we are looking for in our new Board members.


Join the Board of Governors

The Board of Governors play an important role in the life of RCS and we plan to recruit several new Board members over the next six months. Governors are integral to the development and implementation of the Royal Conservatoire’s strategic objectives and offer constructive challenge as well as the monitoring and evaluating of performance in line with these objectives. In more general terms, Governors have an important role in supporting the delivery of the conservatoire’s strategic priorities including its teaching excellence, innovation and sustainability agendas.

We welcome applications from candidates with a strong commitment to higher education in Scotland and a passion for the performing arts.

We’d especially love to hear from candidates with specialist professional knowledge and experience in the following areas:

Development and Fundraising

Finance and Pensions

Performing Arts


As well as attending Board meetings, Governors are expected to play an active role in one or more sub-committees for which their knowledge and experience is particularly relevant. In addition, Governors will be expected and encouraged to attend performances and act as ambassadors for the institution.

If you are interested and would like to apply and find out more about this opportunity please get in touch, sending an up-to-date CV and a covering letter outlining why you would like to be considered for the role and any key points you’d like us to consider, as well as a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form. These should be sent to

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 9 at 5pm


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A place like nowhere else

Our alumni

Graduates work across the world, on the big and small screen, as well as in orchestras, classrooms, boardrooms and theatres, making a huge impact on the performing and production arts. Some of our alumni include James McAvoy, Alan Cumming, Richard Madden, Catriona Morison, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Elaine C Smith, Sam Heughan, David Tennant and Ncuti Gatwa.

Professional partnerships

We have professional partnerships with all of Scotland’s national performing arts companies and international industry professionals, allowing unique and inspiring learning opportunities for our students.

World top 10

RCS is consistently recognised as one of the world’s top 10 destinations to study the performing arts (QS World University Rankings, 2015-2020).

International artists

Students come from more than 60 countries across the globe to study here in Glasgow to access our world-leading education.

Learn from the best

Some of the world’s best educators teach at RCS. This academic year, Errollyn Wallen CBE joined RCS as Visiting Professor of Composition.

RCS at Home

RCS continued to deliver excellent learning and teaching through blended delivery in 2020, maximising opportunities for students to create and perform wherever possible within a safe and secure environment.

Thousands of people tuned in to a new online platform to watch RCS at Home.

Watch some of the highlights of the past year from our students and staff.

Covid-19: discover our latest updates