Guildhall School teaching judged world-leading in Higher Education Funding Council review
Principal Professor Barry Ife celebrates today's accolade for the School
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is delighted to announce that its teaching has been judged as world-leading as a result of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) institution-specific review, the funding outcomes of which are released by HEFCE today.
16 specialist higher education institutions will receive institution-specific funding from HEFCE. This funding comes on top of standard funding from HEFCE for education, research and other activities, and recognises the cost and distinctive nature of their provision and the public value they bring. Of the 16 institutions that will receive this funding, 11 are leaders in the performing arts, visual arts or design, while others specialise in agriculture and health. This funding amounts to approximately £64 million per year.
As part of the review, institutions including the Guildhall School were asked to provide evidence about how concentrated their provision is, their higher costs and to describe their world-leading teaching outputs, in order to demonstrate that they met the criteria for funding. The Guildhall School’s submission was based on five key factors:
- specialised teaching and learning across and between music and drama
- internationally-recognised innovations in pedagogy and professional development
- collaborations with international practitioners, ensembles and institutions
- socially-engaged practice beyond the conservatoire
- graduates who excel at all levels across a range of styles, disciplines and sectors
The HEFCE Board decided that the School has satisfied all the criteria, with the review panel commenting: “World-leading pedagogic research originating from the institution was seen as indicative of an institution producing teaching outputs that have had a positive and significant impact on the way people look at teaching and learning music. Indeed, the practice of performing arts in general was seen as being influenced by Guildhall’s teaching outputs. The institution’s advocacy of student-centred artistic education and socially engaged practice were seen as distinguishing features. Also, the formidable impact of recent graduates was a compelling factor in support of the case.”
Professor Barry Ife, Principal of the Guildhall School, commented “This is an excellent outcome for Guildhall and a richly deserved accolade that reflects a sustained effort across the institution for many years. It confirms the findings of the recent QS world rankings which placed the School among the top ten institutions for the performing arts in the world. World-leading teaching would not be possible without dedicated staff who put students first at all times. They should be very proud of this achievement.”