Today (18 January) sees the curtain lifted on news that the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) has joined London Higher.
The theatrical institution is now part of an umbrella body representing almost 50 universities and higher education colleges in the capital.
“Working with London Higher will enable us to create links and partnerships across London to share best practice, as well as provide a formidable voice and access to decision-makers across our city to put front and centre the case for the importance of creative higher education provision in the capital,” said Martin Prendergast, RADA’s director of development and public affairs.
Dr Diana Beech, the not-for-profit charity’s CEO, said it was “delighted” to welcome the world-famous drama school to its ranks.
“The institution offers an exceptional standard of teaching and productions, and is an integral part of London’s higher education sector,” she added.
“As our Winning London’s Arts and Minds report shows, London has long been a global hub for the creative industries, with the London arts sector generating £58bn for the national economy in 2019. Institutions such as RADA contribute greatly to this, attracting dramatic talent from across the globe, as well as creating opportunities for the local community with training and short courses.
“We look forward to working with RADA and all London Higher members as we continue to make the case for London higher education and our vibrant creative and cultural sector.”