New validating partnership with Royal Academy of Dance

We are pleased to announce that we are to be the new validating partner for university degree programmes for The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

The Royal Academy of Dance is an internationally acclaimed provider of dance and dance teaching qualifications including undergraduate and postgraduate university validated awards as well as professional awards.

The new programmes the University will offer were recently approved by Senate: BA in Dance Education, BA in Ballet Education; Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with QTS; and the MA in Education: Dance Teaching.

The validation partnership will begin from the 2015/16 academic year enabling RAD students to benefit from our new £10.9 million Centre for the Arts.

The centre will be home to the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), which will offer classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions throughout the year and will be open to the University and the local community alike.

Luke Rittner, CEO of the Royal Academy of Dance, commented: "We were attracted to the University of Bath not simply because it is a top ten university in the UK, but because of its impressive international standing with a strong reputation for research and teaching excellence and a long-standing commitment to the arts. There is a great deal of synergy in terms of our institutional values and our approach to teaching and learning."

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor said: "I am very pleased to be able to establish this new partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance. The timing fits perfectly with the introduction of new world-class arts facilities on our campus. Our new Centre will provide a wonderful facility for the creative arts, not just for our students and staff, but for the city and wider region, and help establish Bath as a national hub for arts."

Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. Established in the 1920s, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students.

There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy

RAD's Faculty of Education (FoE) offers qualifications at certificate, diploma and degree level as well as postgraduate programmes for those who already hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

The largest provider for dance specific Initial Teacher Training in the UK, RAD delivers fully qualified dance teachers for the 14-19 curriculum in schools and colleges.

In July 2013 the FoE launched a new Continuing Professional Development framework for teachers who want to update their knowledge and skills and enhance their career progression.

For more information about the RAD, visit www.rad.org.uk

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