Support and Wellbeing

Student wellbeing is a priority and we’re dedicated to ensuring that the RNCM is a safe and comfortable environment for everyone within our community.

We’re also extremely committed to the physical and mental health of our students, and want everyone to feel fully supported while they’re with us.

RNCM students take part in Alexander Technique class

Our experienced Student Services Team can advise and guide on anything from wellbeing to finance both before you join and during your studies. Students with a disability, medical condition, mental health problem or a specific learning difficulty can be assured of support from the audition stage onwards, and we provide a free and confidential counselling for anyone who may wish to discuss personal matters.

One-off or regular Alexander Technique lessons are available for a small charge, helping you to improve personal performance and avoid undue effort or stress, and our wellbeing staff can offer advice on utilising organisations such as the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). We’re also proud to have a Lecturer in Musicians’ Health and Wellbeing to further develop this provision across the RNCM.

International Students

Studying abroad is a big step for many students but our dedicated admissions team are on hand at every stage of the journey. This includes application guidance, English Language support (both Pre-Sessional and In-Sessional English) and visa and immigration advice. We also have an elected Student Diversity Representative to ensure your views are heard during your studies.

Additionally, student wellbeing staff can offer advice on matters such as:

  • How to arrange an appointment with a BAPAM Consultant (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine)
  • How to apply for funding through the BAPAM/Help Musicians Student Health Scheme (conditions apply)
  • Factsheets for musicians (BAPAM)
  • General wellbeing

For more information, email admissions@rncm.ac.uk.

Student Support

The RNCM welcomes disabled students, and students with long term conditions including those with specific learning difficulties and mental health problems. Ways in which we can support you include:

  • One-to-one academic and study skills tutorials
  • Guidance on documenting your disability
  • Provision of a suitable Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
  • Specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) screening on request
  • Advice on applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)
  • Specialist mental health support
  • Specialist physical support

If you would like to discuss any of your needs, please email Jane Gray, Assistant Head of Registry (Wellbeing), at jane.gray@rncm.ac.uk or call 0161 907 5219.

Student Counselling Service

The RNCM has three highly-experienced and BACP qualified counsellors onsite to help and support all students during their studies. These are:

Bryan Fox
E
 bryan.fox@rncm.ac.uk

Claire Donoghue
E
 claire.donoghue@rncm.ac.uk

Chaden AlSaadi
E
 chaden.alsaadi@rncm.ac.uk

The counselling service is free and confidential and sessions take place at the College. If you prefer to talk to someone externally, you can also arrange to do this by contacting Jane Gray, Assistant Head of Registry (Wellbeing), at jane.gray@rncm.ac.uk.

Mental Health First Aiders

The RNCM has four Mental Health First Aiders at the College who can offer guidance and support on a range of issues. Although they’re not a qualified counselling service, they can provide a first response by listening to your problems, offering support and signposting you to additional relevant services. These are:

Jane Gray
Assistant Head of Registry (Wellbeing)
E jane.gray@rncm.ac.uk

John Habron
Head of Music Education
E john.habron@rncm.ac.uk

Emily Mason
Programmes Administrator
E emily.mason@rncm.ac.uk

Dominic Wood
Environment and Operations Manager
dominic.wood@rncm.ac.uk

Chaplaincy

College chaplains are available for confidential consultation on personal matters. There is also a chaplain specifically for international students and speakers of Mandarin Chinese. The nearby St Peter’s Church and Chaplaincy also organises a range of activities and social events for students of all faiths.

Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique is a tried-and-tested approach for improving personal performance and avoiding undue effort or stress. One-off or regular classes are available for a small charge.