About RCS

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) is a place like nowhere else, powered by performance, its people and their passion.

Founded in 1847, Scotland’s national conservatoire is a global leader in performing arts education, consistently ranked in the top ten of the QS World University Rankings.

Specialist tuition across music, drama, dance, production, film and education under one roof creates an environment where artists move between disciplines, immersed in a culture of creativity and collaboration that sparks bold new work and ways of thinking.

Students learn from the best at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where they work alongside award-winning teaching staff, industry experts and internationally acclaimed guest artists. And as the only conservatoire in the country, RCS is uniquely placed to partner with the nation’s leading artistic companies to provide one-of-a-kind learning experiences.

Here, students grow into the artists they want to be, where they’re encouraged to develop not just their art but their power to use it.

Our Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is unambiguously and collectively responsible for overseeing the activities of RCS, determining its future direction and fostering an environment in which the Conservatoire’s mission is achieved and the potential of all of its students is realised. The Board shall ensure that the Conservatoire complies with the legislative, regulatory and best-practice framework within which Scottish higher education operates.

Governors shall conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of behaviour in public life, which embrace selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

You can find out more about our Board’s work, responsibilities, aims, and policies by visiting the pages below.


Become a Governor

Our Board works together supportively and creatively, being responsible for the strategic direction and sustainability of the institution. As we move into implementing our new strategic plan, our Board now seeks applications from individuals who are knowledgeable about the world of the performing arts and passionate about securing and facilitating its future.

We wish to appoint up to two/three members to our Board of Governors for a three-year term with the possibility of extension beyond this.  We are looking for individuals who have a strong personal commitment to performing arts education and who will support the Conservatoire in achieving its ambitions, ensuring that it is governed and managed effectively.

Because we wish to maintain a balance of expertise across the Board, on this occasion we are particularly looking for people with:

  1. experience and expertise in digital arts and AI futures in the performing arts and/or
  2. experience in national level cultural and/or educational policy setting.

The Conservatoire is ambitious for the future and are passionate advocates for the transformative role of arts and artists in the world. If you are interested in contributing to and sharing in the success of the Conservatoire as a Governor by helping to shape its strategic vision please apply on our vacancies page.

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