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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Case Study
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Review

Our equalities work with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a world-leading conservatoire, focused on race equality. It came from a commission by Central to assess the BAME student and staff experience, factors affecting recruitment and retention, and external perceptions of BAME students and professionals as a specialist institution.

Download the full Report here.

Understanding the sensitive context in which the brief was presented, Halpin fellows were drawn upon by specialism including strategy and HR to develop a highly focused review that had meaningful and considered staff and student consultation at its heart. As the profile of the review developed internally, so did the scope, becoming more comprehensive due to the positive impact and perception of the organisation from its staff and students.

Our work with Central addresses how to operationally deliver changes to policy and practice alongside a clear plan of execution informed by the staff and student body.


  • Full comprehensive evidence and opinion-gathering via survey respondents.17 individual staff interviews and 68 members of staff and students consulted via discussion groups.
  • Detailed research and analysis on sector trends and benchmarking, culture, student recruitment, admissions and communications.
  • Recommendations for a plan for operational implementation of the recommendations.
  • Support around the communication and dissemination of the findings to the board, staff and student body.
Project Team