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Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance to Award its Own Degrees
UK – Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has announced that it has been given the power to award its own degrees.
Her Majesty’s Privy Council, following a recommendation by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), has written to the college to confirm that it has been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP). This means that, from September 2017, students will be able to study for a taught degree awarded by the Sidcup-based college.
Rose Bruford College principal and chief executive, Professor Michael Earley, said: “This is a significant milestone in the college’s 66 year history and means we can develop our own degrees which respond quickly to the needs of our students, existing partners and other organisations within the performing arts and creative industries sectors.
“The awarding of TDAP is a college-wide achievement, and I would like to thank our staff, students, industry partners and governors who all played a significant role throughout the process.”
Work has already begun on an enhanced curriculum offer, with the development of a suite of new postgraduate and undergraduate degrees. A number of new taught postgraduate programmes and partnership degrees are due to be considered for validation in the months ahead with a view to offering them from September 2017*.The College is continuing with its exciting new partnership with the University of East London in the delivery of research degrees.
Sir Richard Eyre, honorary president of the college, believes that the awarding of Taught Degree Awarding Powers will enhance the College’s reputation: “Rose Bruford College already has a global reputation for delivering excellent and diverse professional vocational training in all aspects of theatre and performance. The awarding of TDAP will not only augment this reputation, but also ensure the continued development and growth of a coherent, industry-informed curriculum.”
The College’s students will be able to graduate with Rose Bruford College degrees from September 2018. Students will be involved in the process of designing samples for the new academic dress which includes the gown and hood that will be worn at future graduation ceremonies.
Stacey Sandford, Students’ Union President said: “The prospect of being awarded a Rose Bruford College degree is fantastic news for current and future students of the college. It’s a privilege that students will be involved in designing and selecting the new academic dress, creating a legacy for generations of graduates.”
Monisha Shah, Chair of Governors, said: “On behalf of the board of governors, I would like to thank and congratulate the staff and students of Rose Bruford College for their passion and commitment.
“The award of TDAP acknowledges the College’s academic integrity as a mature higher education institution with rigorous standards and academic governance. It also reflects the quality and relevance of its qualifications and marks the next step in the evolution of Rose Bruford College into a fully independent higher education provider.
“Gaining TDAP demonstrates that the College maintains the highest standards in such areas as strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of higher education provision. I would also like to thank The University of Manchester, that has awarded our taught undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for over 20 years.”
Gordon McKenzie, chief executive of GuildHE, praised the College for this significant accomplishment: "I congratulate Rose Bruford College on receiving taught degree awarding powers. This fantastic achievement is testament to their high standards and the quality of teaching. Specialist institutions like Rose Bruford College offer a great choice for students and are an important part of what makes UK higher education excellent."
6th February 2017
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