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Workshops and Clinics

Find mentorships, workshops, training sessions, and knowledge exchange activities to enhance your creative and professional practice.

We offer a variety of support to students interested in bridging practices and professional development through knowledge exchange programming and mentorships.

Below, you will find resources focusing on accessing project funding, bringing your performance to festivals, learning business skills, and making interdisciplinary connections that make societal impacts.


Make It Happen Workshops

Make It Happen is a series of workshops to help you get your ideas, projects, companies, and collaborations off the ground and into the world. The workshop series supports students and alumna to develop professional skills, access funding, set up their careers as freelancers or launch a creative project or business.

All Make It Happen events are welcoming, intimate, warm, and casual. No experience in the topic is necessary. Our expert speakers will guide you through the basics, leaving plenty of space for questions and conversation.

Is there something you’d like to see covered in a Make It Happen workshop? Let us know by emailing Gallia at

Past events included:

  • How to Bring Your Show to Fringe
  • Introduction to Crowdfunding
  • Costing and Pricing Your Time
  • Writing Funding Applications
  • Marketing & Engaging with Online Audiences

Research Clinic

Do you have an idea you want to discuss (for a book, a performance, a project, something you want to explore)?

Do you want to find out how to publish, exhibit, speak publicly, find funding, collaborate?

Do you have questions about research (what is it, how to do it)?

Professor Laura González will be holding her regular Research Clinics online and will be joined by Dr Laura Bissell and Dr Emily Doolittle for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Research Clinics are open, informal and supportive. Bring your questions and ideas (and work, if you want to) and Laura, Laura and Emily will help you to take your research to the next level. If you want to check in on further questions or any progress you have made, you can always return!

Forthcoming dates:

  • Monday 11 March 2024: 2:30-4:30pm Dr Laura Bissell
  • Monday 29 April 2024: 2:30-4:30pm Professor Laura González

There is no need to book a place. The research clinic leader will speak with one colleague at a time so you may need to wait a little to be seen (via a Zoom ‘Waiting Room’), but this will be not more than 15 minutes. The Zoom links are sent out to staff one week in advance via the Eflyer system.

Innovation Studio

Participants at the Innovation Studio listen to presentations.

RCS Innovation Studio is a two-year pilot project which will facilitate new opportunities for knowledge exchange (KE) at the RCS. Through a series of workshops, panels, online discussions, interdisciplinary collaborations and seed funds, Innovation Studio will support creative experimentation, skills development and collaboration. The project hopes to generate new practices and pave the way for a future Centre for Innovation at the Conservatoire.

Learn more about Innovation Studio


SHIFT is a partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Glasgow School of Art, and Queen Margaret University funded by the Scottish Funding Council through the Universities Innovation Fund.

It is a programme of events and resources available to all budding creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, musicians, producers and performers.

Please visit the official SHIFT website for the most up-to-date information. 

Any questions about SHIFT can be directed to Stephanie Edwards, Research & Knowledge Exchange Development Officer, at

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