Inspiring City Awards Nomination
The Widening Access team at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has been recognised at this year’s Inspiring City Awards nominated in the Education category.
The nomination recognises the passion and commitment of the three-year project between the RCS Widening Access team and Solar Bear Theatre Company to create an education pathway for deaf learners to develop skills in the performing arts. This pathway has resulted in the establishment of the UK’s first performance degree programme for deaf performers at RCS BA Performance in British Sign Language and English.
Between 2012 and 2015, the partnership between the RCS Widening Access team and Solar Bear researched and trialled pre-higher education classes for deaf performers, sharing knowledge and best practice and recruiting enthusiastic deaf performers to work with from around Scotland.
During this time, the pathway to degree education was forged, with input from students, arts experts, teachers, interpreters and the deaf community. This work led to the launch of the BA Performance in September 2015, with eight students from around Europe beginning their degree study at RCS.
The Awards take place on 8 September and this nomination comes hot off the heels of the RCS winning the Widening Access award for the second year in a row at the Herald’s Higher Education Awards, which took place in July.
RCS is delighted to be recognised as part of the Inspiring City Awards, with this project firmly showcasing Glasgow as a pioneering and inclusive city.