Student Support and Wellbeing

Student welfare 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.

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 disabilities or a specific learning difficulty can be assured of support from the audition stage onwards, and we provide a free and confidential counselling and chaplaincy service 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 International Office is on hand at every stage of the journey. This includes visa and immigration advice, English Language Support (both Pre-Sessional and In-Sessional English), a chaplain specifically for international students and an elected Student Diversity Representative to ensure your views are heard during your studies. We also host an International Induction before the start of term with special events and activities to help you settle in, and we have valuable links with the International Society of Manchester.

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 international@rncm.ac.uk.

Students with Disabilities

The RNCM welcomes disabled students, including those with specific learning difficulties. 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)

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.