Statement from the Governing Body of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Regarding the Recent ‘Dear White Central’ and ‘Central for Change’ Student Campaigns
Events of the past few weeks, including ‘Dear White Central’ and ‘Central for Change’ student campaigns and the peaceful walkout held at the School on Friday 11 May 2018, have raised important issues. For that, we thank the students involved, although we recognize the process has been particularly difficult for BAME members of our community. We are committed to moving forward collectively to make change. Following its meeting last night, the full Governing Body of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Central) would like to issue the following statement.
Central values, embraces and is totally committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Central’s mission to shape the future of theatre and performance in the UK and beyond is contingent on a diverse and inclusive student and staff body. Excellence requires diversity as this brings richness, knowledge, innovation, new understandings and skills.
The School and its leadership team would like categorically to state that it does not believe that student quotas or targets are in themselves a risk to standards or quality. Neither does Central associate the recruitment of students or staff from any socio-economic or ethnic background or with any protected characteristic, with a particular risk to standards. The standards to which the School works are set by industry employment needs and academic quality frameworks, and the reputation of Central reflects the excellence of its graduates and the teaching and research its staff carries out.
Central stands against racism, but institutional racism can be unconscious and structural. While good work is already being done in this area, we can do better and will accelerate our programme for change:
There will be frequent reporting back to Governors and the wider community on what has been achieved and continues to be accomplished/undertaken.
Together we will work to make Central a beacon of good practice in diversity and inclusion.