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29th April, 2014

Guildhall School is awarded Taught Degree-Awarding Powers by UK Privy Council

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is delighted to announce it has been granted Taught Degree-Awarding Powers by the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Taught Degree-Awarding Powers give UK higher education providers the right to award bachelors and master’s degrees. The Guildhall School’s first taught degree programme was validated by Kent University, with subsequent programmes validated by City University London. City has been the School’s sole validator since 2002.

By gaining the right to award its own degrees, the School can take full ownership of the relationship between professional training and higher education, putting it in a prime position to respond rapidly to the developing needs of the performing arts and to drive change in the professions and in society. One of the aims for the School’s new facilities at Milton Court, which opened in September 2013, was to support the launch of an extended range of programmes, marking the beginning of a fresh phase in the institution’s development, and gaining Taught Degree-Awarding Powers will further enable this to happen.

Professor Barry Ife CBE, Principal of the Guildhall School, said, “There is an increasing expectation among students, stakeholders, peer institutions and other agencies in this country and abroad that highly-respected institutions should have gained academic autonomy. I am absolutely delighted that after several years of hard work on quality assurance, the School has been officially recognised by the Privy Council in this way. I want to pay tribute to those members of staff who co-ordinated our application and audit process, particularly the School’s Head of Registry Services, Katharine Lewis, and also to our colleagues at City University: this success is partially due to our long and productive relationship with City whose support during this process has been absolutely invaluable. Through our excellent working relationship with them, we have built the capacity to assure the quality and standards of our awards; and now we have the capacity to do so independently.”

For more information, please see the Guildhall School of Music & Drama website.


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