Widening Participation at Guildhall School
The Guildhall School encourages applications from students whose backgrounds are underrepresented in higher education. We value the diversity of cultures at Guildhall and we believe in the power and duty of arts to transform lives and society. We are committed to ensuring there are no barriers to deter talented students from applying and coming to the School.
To encourage applications from underrepresented groups, and enable students of all backgrounds to take up their place, we run a number of schemes and projects:
Application fee waivers
We are offering 170 application fee waivers across all our undergraduate programmes to applicants who study or live in a partner London borough (Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Camden, City of London, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Westminster).
In addition, Guildhall is working closely with 19 youth theatres in London; applicants who attend these organisations regularly and meet the eligibility criteria can be referred for a fee waiver regardless of where they live in London.
Scholarships and hardship fund
We want to ensure that no student who is offered a place is prevented from taking up that place on grounds of financial hardship. We offer a range of financial support. This includes over £2million of scholarships given each year to undergraduate and postgraduate students, regardless of domicile.
A hardship fund is also available for students who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulties during their course of study.
Guildhall Access Bursary
UK Undergraduate students who qualify as care leavers, or estranged students (who have no contact or support from their parents) and independent students on low incomes will be able to apply for the Guildhall Access Bursary for 2017/18. Bursaries of between £3,000 and £5,000 a year will be given (with a maximum of 10 bursaries awarded). Students will be expected to provide evidence to support their eligibility for this award and students will be expected to reapply each year. For further details and how to apply, please see the Access Bursary Policy.
Bursaries and assisted places for under-18s
The Guildhall has extensive under-18 music and drama provision: Junior Guildhall, taking place on a Saturday morning at our London campus and in Felsted; and Centre for Young Musicians (CYM), which has branches in London, Norwich, Saffron Walden, Taunton, Bristol and Peterborough. The School contributes to sizable scholarships and bursaries that CYM and Junior Guildhall distribute to their learners to help with the cost of fees.
Creative Learning projects
As part of our Access commitments, the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning Department runs outreach projects providing a wide range of creative opportunities for young people, from taster days to ensembles.
Graduates from the School’s Acting programme deliver workshops in a number of schools, colleges and youth theatres in our target London boroughs. The workshops, provided for free by the School, give an insight into the type of training that we offer at Guildhall.
Graduates have also helped colleges and theatres to deliver other projects, recently running sessions at the ‘Summer College’ of an East London theatre, and in a programme of higher education taster sessions at a large sixth form college in Hackney. We are currently recruiting a larger pool of graduates to help us deliver sessions like this, so that we can encourage applications from young people in these areas.
Assisted places at Summer Schools
To give students from low-income backgrounds a taste of the training at Guildhall, we offer assisted places on a range of drama and music summer schools to eligible applicants. This summer, over 20 young people were offered fully-funded places which included programmes in drama, music theory, brass and percussion, and jazz.