Higher Education Minister, Jo Johnson MP, has underlined continued Government work to support innovation and specialist learning during a visit to Rose Bruford College of Performing Arts in Sidcup. The Ministerial visit was arranged by James Brokenshire MP to highlight the college’s work in providing some of the most highly-rated artistic performance and technical teaching in the UK and its contribution to the community in Sidcup. The college also plans to export its performance arts education to key international markets.
In a meeting with the College Principal, Prof Michael Earley and Governors, the Minister had the opportunity to learn about the focus the college places on employability, as well as the international edge that sees the college offer more Erasmus placements in Europe per head than any other UK institution.
The college has been behind the recent redevelopment of Christopher House in Sidcup, providing new, high-specification student accommodation and retail outlets, as well as a new hotel. With a keen interest in embedding the college’s work within the local community, students regularly participate in performances at the spectacular Rose theatre on campus and on Sidcup High Street.
Rose Bruford has applied for independent degree awarding status. If successful, the college would become Sidcup’s very own university, recognising the hard work of students and staff in securing its international recognition.
Speaking following the visit, Jo Johnson, Universities Minister and Member of Parliament for Orpington, said:
“It was a pleasure to meet students and college leaders at Rose Bruford and to hear about their plans to establish an even stronger local and international presence. It was also great to see some impressive, live performance from some of the students. The Government recognises the important role of specialist providers like Rose Bruford. We are consulting on new plans, set out in the Green Paper, to promote innovation, competition and high-quality teaching in higher education.”
Commenting, James Brokenshire said:
“Today’s visit helped demonstrate the quality and specialism of the teaching and learning that goes on at Rose Bruford. The College is one of Sidcup’s hidden gems boasts and boasts an extensive list of famous alumni that have gone on to the West End and beyond.”
“In addition, I welcome the College’s application to begin awarding its own degrees and the additional flexibility to design provision around the needs of students that this would allow for. It would be great for Sidcup to have its very own university.”