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Friday 6 May 2016, 3pm

The Conservatoire of Dance and Drama (CDD) has been judged as world-leading in its fields of dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre, as part of a recent Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) review.

The review was focused on institution-specific targeted allocation (ISTA) funding and HEFCE commissioned an independent panel, chaired by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling and including international experts, to review all submissions. Eligible institutions were invited to submit a written application against published criteria, with evidence required to demonstrate 'a genuine and consistent reputation within [its] peer group for providing world-leading teaching' and that the institution’s 'students, graduates and teaching practitioners are maintaining world-leading developments in their specialisms, or creating the new industries or art forms of the future'. The Conservatoire is delighted to announce that HEFCE have confirmed today that they are amongst the list of institutions found to be world-leading.

RADA is one of the founding affiliate schools of the CDD, which was created in 2001 as as a new higher education institution with the aim of securing the future of professional training in dance, drama and circus arts in England. Each of its eight affiliates is a small, specialist school offering some of the best training in dance, drama and circus arts to be found in the world. As a publicly funded higher education institution, the Conservatoire ensures that students at its affiliate schools receive subsidised training. Alongside RADA, the Conservatoire comprises: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. For more information about the CDD and its affiliates, visit their website here.

Edward Kemp, Principal of the CDD and Director of RADA, said:"The Conservatoire schools are dedicated to the training of exceptional artists, and we are delighted to receive formal recognition from such a distinguished and expert panel for the impact of our students, staff and graduates on the industries they serve, both in the UK and internationally. HEFCE’s support is vital in helping us to nurture a diverse pool of young artists and continuing our work to make this world-leading provision accessible to the most talented students, irrespective of background."