Royal Conservatoire of Scotland celebrates success in winter graduation

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland celebrates success in winter graduation

Published: 24/10/2019

Two leading figures in Scottish education and culture will be honoured by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in its winter graduation and fellowship ceremony.

A fellowship will be conferred upon Professor Norman N Gillies OBE and an honorary degree will be presented to Professor Norman Sharp OBE today in Glasgow (Thursday, October 24). The ceremony will be live streamed from 6pm

They will be joined by graduands from programmes including MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting and Directing), MA Musical Theatre (Performance and Musical Directing), Master of Arts (Music) and MEd Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Norman N Gillies and Norman Sharp have made significant contributions to education and arts and culture in Scotland and have been valued members of the board of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We are looking forward to honouring their achievements while celebrating our graduands on this special occasion.”

Norman N Gillies OBE, a native of the Isle of Skye, spent twenty-five years of his career leading Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Scotland’s National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture and was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to education and Gaelic. He chairs ATLAS Arts, an organisation ”˜without walls’ aiming to generate and present ambitious contemporary arts projects. With his wife, and friends, he helps to run the charity Friends of Hope and Faith School which supports the work of a school in Lusaka, Zambia. He is currently Chair of the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Development Committee.

Professor Norman Sharp OBE was the Director of QAA Scotland where, in 2003, he led the development and introduction of a new enhancement-led approach to managing quality and standards in the University sector in Scotland. Originally an academic economist, his interest in quality matters was stimulated by his roles in leading the development of different patterns of degree provision including part-time and off-campus structures. It led to his involvement in the creation of Scotland’s national credit and qualifications framework, the SCQF.

Norman was instrumental in the establishment of Sparqs for Scotland’s university and college sectors, which aims to support student engagement in the quality of the learning experience.

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