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Student life and support

Support at RCS

We’ll give you the practical, emotional and learning support you need when you first arrive and throughout your time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

As well as the support services available to you, you’ll find our community is very friendly and welcoming. RCS is a special place and one where, we are sure, you will flourish – and feel supported so that you can rise to the many challenges and intensive demands of your programme. Naturally, we operate an equal opportunities policy. We celebrate our differences and believe that our diversity is an important contribution to creativity.

Equal opportunities

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland welcomes a diverse population of staff and students. We are committed to promoting equality in all of our activities and we aim to provide a performing, learning, teaching, working, and research environment free from unlawful discrimination against applicants, staff, and students on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Support services available to you

Our Counsellor and Disability Adviser is Jane Balmforth, j.balmforth@rcs.ac.uk . Jane is available to assist you with any queries you might have that relate to:

  • counselling
  • support for disabled students and applicants
  • effective learning service

Our Assistant Registrar (International and Student Experience) is Sarah Ward, welfare@rcs.ac.uk. Sarah is able to assist you with any queries you might have that relate to:

  • welfare and financial information
  • healthcare
  • accommodation

You can find more information about studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the Student Support Services Information booklet.

Freshers’ Friend Scheme 2016/17

Each year the Conservatoire offers successful applicants the opportunity to be matched with a current Conservatoire student who will act as their ‘buddy’ or ‘Freshers’ Friend’. This is particularly useful to those successful applicants who will be new to Glasgow and/or Scotland upon commencing their studies. If you have accepted an offer of a place to study for a degree at the Conservatoire and you feel you could benefit from having a Freshers’ Friend please apply via the form below:

Information for assessors

Please see Royal Conservatoire of Scotland NMH rates for further information.