Royal Central School of Speech and Drama your questions answered

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Royal Title from today (28 November 2012) we will be called The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

We realise that people will have some questions about what changes they can now expect. We have answered some of the questions below, if your question isn’t answered please contact

Q. Why is Central changing its name and what are the benefits of this change?
A. Royal Title is a way for Central to communicate the School's demonstrably high standing and excellent reputation in the UK and abroad. The Title recognises both our great history and continued status as a leader in the practice and understanding of theatre and performance. In particular, it acknowledges Central as distinctive in the field as an institution that is both a high-level conservatoire and a research-active university college.

Q. Why is ‘Royal’ being added?
A. Her Majesty The Queen has confirmed Royal Title on Central as one of the final gestures of this kind to be made in her Diamond Jubilee year. Becoming 'Royal' is an endorsement of Central's strength in the arts community and importantly 'Central' will still remain integral to the School's name.

Q. What are the details of the School’s Royal associations?
A. Central began its existence in 1906 as part of a Royal institution - the Royal Albert Hall, and has enjoyed Royal Patronage from its earliest times. Our present Patron is HRH Princess Alexandra, who succeeded her mother HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. On becoming a College of the University of London, Central is part of a federation which has HRH The Princess Royal as Chancellor.
Princess Anne joined Princess Alexandra in proposing Central for Royal Title.

Q. Does the name change signal a change in the direction or aims of Central?
A. No. The addition of Royal Title is simply an enhancement of the name which recognises and celebrates the School's reputation nationally and internationally for excellence in training and research in theatre and performance studies.

Q. Will the name change have any effect on Central degrees or programmes?
A. For students, nothing in the current content or delivery of the programmes will change. The only difference will be that as of 29 November 2012 any documents that use the name of the institution will now refer to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Alumni may wish to refer to the School by its new name, or may prefer to continue referring to us as simply 'Central'.

Q. What other changes will this name change bring? Will the website, logo, email addresses or anything else change...
A. The School will be making changes to incorporate the Royal Title gradually over the next 12 months. In time, School signage, staff business cards and the website will all change to the new name.

Q. Will the Central School remain a part of the University of London?
A. Absolutely. The School remains firmly committed to the University of London membership and, with the Royal Title, now joins other 'Royal' members of the University - The Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway and The Royal Veterinary College. The University of London has given the School its full support.

Q. Will there be any changes to entry requirements? Will the School’s funding and scholarships change as a result of the 'Royal' title?
A. There will be no change in the School's entry requirements or costs as a result of the change in name. Similarly, scholarships, funding and bursaries will not change.

Q. Will students graduating on 10 December 2012 have The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the certificates?
A. No, our students graduating on 10 December 2012 will have Central School of Speech and Drama on their certificate. This is because the exam board took place before 28 November 2012 when we officially became The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.