Royal Conservatoire of Scotland appoints new Assistant Principal

Published: September 15, 2017


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked in the world top three for performing arts education, has appointed Dr Lois Fitch as Assistant Principal. Dr Fitch will join Scotland’s national conservatoire in January 2018.

Dr Fitch joins the Royal Conservatoire from Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where she is Head of Undergraduate Programmes.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) said:

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Lois to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We look forward to her bringing her own experience in and passion for arts education to support Scotland’s national conservatoire as we continue to develop as a world-leading and multi-disciplinary centre for learning and teaching in the performing arts.”

Dr Fitch has extensive experience in HE curriculum design, innovation and review and institutional review, as well as issues and leadership in quality assurance and enhancement and academic management.

She is RNCM’s institutional lead in the Higher Education Academy Degree Standards Project (External Examining) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a role model on the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Aurora courses.

Previously she has held academic posts in the Universities of Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh Napier and has been Visiting Professor at the Katholiecke Universiteit, Leuven.

A musicologist, Dr Fitch pursues research interests in New Music, and the interdisciplinary relationships between music and other performing arts.

As Assistant Principal at RCS Dr Fitch will provide academic leadership for RCS curriculum in learning, teaching, research and knowledge exchange as well as ensuring the robustness of the Conservatoire’s quality assurance and enhancement policies and procedures.