At Scotland’s Royal Conservatoire, ten current and former students allege discrimination and abuse

Posted on: November 5, 2019

“Students and recent graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have accused the school of failing to act against ‘systemic abuse’ and ‘grave discrimination,’ ” writes Georgia Snow in Friday’s (11/1) The Stage (U.K.). “A group comprising alumni and current students from the college’s Contemporary Performance Practice degree have demanded a public acknowledgement of their alleged mistreatment. They have also called for staff to be required to take unconscious bias training. It follows the revelation that an official complaint was made to RCS by 10 students earlier this year. This complaint, related to alleged breaches of the conservatoire’s dignity at work and study policy, was upheld following an investigation by an independent panel. The students’ … allegations include claims of physical intimidation and inappropriate remarks about students’ mental health issues and about sexual abuse…. They argue that the all-white staff team on the Contemporary Performance Practice course ‘results in a gross inability to acknowledge the unique position of people of color on the CPP program.’ … A statement from RCS said that it ‘has zero tolerance of discrimination in any kind…. We are commissioning an external review … and will take on board any recommendations.’ ”

Posted November 5, 2019