Halpin Partnership Review | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

In 2018, Central’s Board of Governors commissioned an external and independent race equality review of our principles, practices and processes for the development and realisation of the School’s race equality inclusion ambitions. 

Following a competitive tender, Halpin Partnership was selected to manage the review, which was conducted over a number of weeks during the 2018 autumn term. 

High levels of participation were noted from staff, students, and alumni who variously took part in interviews and focus groups and responded to surveys, and the Board of Governors and Central’s senior management team are grateful to all those who contributed to this important review. 

The Governors and senior management team fully acknowledge that we can – and we will – do better, working together with colleagues across the Central community.  To this end:

  • The Board has accepted all the recommendations from Halpin Partnership; many are already being implemented, together with a number of initiatives not included in the report. A few recommendations are more complex and will need consultation with staff and students in order to be implemented successfully. 
  • As a statement of our commitment to this important issue, the Board of Governors is announcing an additional investment of £100,000 to drive progress and to accelerate a step change at Central, further embedding race equality into all of our activities.  This fresh investment programme includes funding for a new full-time Equality and Diversity Advisor position.
  • The Board has also set up a new sub-committee, including staff and student governors, which will report to the full Board on matters of Diversity and Inclusion. It will monitor the successful implementation of the Halpin Partnership recommendations and other initiatives in this area, as well as oversee the development and implementation of institutional diversity and inclusion goals.

The Halpin Partnership report was presented to the Board at their meeting on 25 February 2019, and the report is now available to read in its entirety.

> Read the report.

Read a message from John Willis, Chair of Governors on belhalf of the Governing Body.


For any enquiries about the report, please contact Heather Akif on heather.akif@cssd.ac.uk. or equality@cssd.ac.uk