Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Equality and Diversity

Celebrating diversity and working to achieve the creative potential in all our students is at the heart of the work of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. We are committed to training and supporting the most talented students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion. Applicants to the Conservatoire schools are chosen solely on the basis of their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession.

The Conservatoire aims to meet, and where possible exceed, its legal obligations regarding equality and diversity. To fulfil this aim the Conservatoire has established an Equality and Diversity Group comprising Conservatoire staff and representatives from all eight schools.

See below for some of our resources and guidelines to promote equality and diversity.

If you would like more information on the support the Conservatoire offers its disabled students, please see our support for disabled students page.


Student Registration Statistics for 2017-18 Academic Year

All students

By ethnicity
BAME 22%

By gender
Female 64%

By disability

Declared disability 25%

UK-domiciled students

By ethnicity
BAME 18%

By gender
Female 59%

By disability
Declared disability 32%


The Conservatoire’s Equality Action Plan for 2017 – 2021, which takes into account the requirements of the Equality Act, can be viewed or downloaded via the link below. The Conservatoire is committed to placing a similar emphasis on other areas of equality and diversity to ensure that students from ethnic minorities and other under-represented groups have the opportunity to train at the schools and are given support.

If you would like to read our previous action plan and reviews of progress, you can view or download the PDF documents below:

If you would like to view these documents in an alternative format, please contact our Communications and Projects Coordinator, Emma Swift (

The Conservatoire has developed guidelines on inclusive practice and alternative forms of assessment for students with specific learning difficulties, including examples of good practice from the Conservatoire Schools.

You can view or download the guidance via the link below:

Guidelines on Inclusive Practice and Alternative Forms of Assessment

A Conservatoire target for 2013-14 was to develop actions to promote good relationships between groups of students with different sexual preferences and prevent homophobia. This action was developed in response to concerns raised by members of the Equality and Diversity Committee (E&DC), particularly in schools where students are admitted at age 16.

You can view or download the guidance we have developed as a part of this work via the link below:

Respecting Difference: Guidance on Challenging Homophobia and Promoting Fair Treatment

If you would like to view the Conservatoire’s Guidelines to Mental Health and Wellbeing, including our leaflets for staff and students, you can download them here:

For a list of organisations which offer online support, resources and self-help information, visit our Policies – Student Support page.