There have been many special moments in the past year – from celebrating our ranking as No.1 in the country for graduate employment to cheering graduate, student and staff successes around the world. Here are just some of the highlights of a truly amazing year for Scotland’s national conservatoire.


Graduate and Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 Catriona Morison returned to RCS where she was given an Honorary Professorship.

Graduates Dawn Steele, Nikki Doig and Clare Waugh joined RCS at a gala reception for the 30th anniversary tour of Tony Roper and Neil Laidlaw’s The Steamie.


Production Arts and Design alumna Basia Bińkowska won the Linbury Prize for Stage Design – a remarkable feat for the 2017 graduate.


Scottish Music graduate Hannah Rarity was named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.


The QS World Rankings put RCS in the world top 5 – the third year in a row where Scotland’s national conservatoire has been recognised as one of the top 10 places in the globe to study the performing arts.

Graduate Laura Donnelly took home Best Actress at the 2018 Olivier Awards. Read more in our interview with Laura.


A sculpture to commemorate legendary guitarist and graduate Jack Bruce was installed within RCS in March, created by alumna Hazel Blue and unveiled by Jack’s widow Margrit Bruce.

The sold out production of Spring Awakening received five-star reviews and toured to Dundee Rep Theatre in March.


Bachelor of Education (Music) students received their official registration certificates from the General Teaching Council of Scotland.


The first cohort of BA Performance and British Sign Language students graduated with 90% of students securing professional contracts within the first three months of graduating. Read more in our article, The Trailblazers.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency
(HESA) ranked RCS as the No.1 higher education institution in Scotland for graduate employment, with 99.2% of graduates in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Graduate Gongbo Xiang got down on one knee in the Ledger Recital Room at the end of a special concert to propose to fellow graduate Wen Wang in February before they tied the knot in July at Glasgow City Halls.


Students and graduates from across RCS performed in the European Championships Glasgow 2018 cultural programme, with the performance programme in Glasgow’s George Square live streamed around
the world.

Staff member and production manager Stephen Roe was named as one of the first recipients of a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship where he will receive up to £45,000 to advance his business Stageport Ltd.

BA Acting graduate Richard Madden appeared on TV screens and broke records in the BBC drama Bodyguard.