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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 identity, disability, age, sexual orientation, and religion. This includes working to support our staff and students against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, islamophobia, antisemitism* and all other forms of discrimination. 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 exceed its legal obligations regarding equality and diversity. To fulfil this aim the Conservatoire Widening Access and Diversity Committee, comprised of staff and representatives from all member schools, meets each term to discuss equity across our institution.

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is a member of Conservatoires UK and has signed its Code of Practice of Respect.

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.


*CDD has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. More information can be found here.  



Student Registration Statistics for 2018-19 Academic Year

All students

By ethnicity
BAME 22%

By gender
Female 70%

By disability

Declared disability 27%

UK-domiciled students

By ethnicity
BAME 17%

By gender
Female 63%

By disability
Declared disability 35%


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 view these documents in an alternative format, please contact our Communications and Projects Coordinator, Emma Swift (

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) is committed to tackling racial inequality within its institution. With CDD now winding down, it was agreed that all CDD Schools should commit to a set of principles, broad objectives, overarching actions to meet by November 2022. From this it is recommended that schools implement these actions in the way most suited to their contexts.

The below table outlines the broad principles, as related to the Equality Act 2010, that all CDD Schools should be working within; specific objectives as related to race equality at our institution; a summary of actions to date; proposed additional actions and deadlines. In order to monitor progress, this table will be updated on a semi-regular basis until November 2022.

As part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Inclusive Cultures Strategy, the Conservatoire is in the process of developing a series of policies and protocol addressing a range of subjects including: gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, race and ethnicity, mental health and well-being, and disability. These include:

  • CDD Mental Health Charter
  • Conservatoire Code of Behaviour
  • Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Related Behaviours
  • Inclusivity Policies and Protocols:
    • Gender Identity
    • Tackling Racial Inequality

You can view or download all the above on our Student-Related Policies page.

Additional policies and protocols will be published as they are completed. For the meanwhile, please see our existing guidance:


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

Office for Students Transparency Information

The information published below shows:

The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socioeconomic background.

View or download the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 2021 Transparency Information (PDF) 


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