Our vision is to create the change-makers of the future.
Our mission is to achieve social and cultural impact by delivering the highest quality vocational training and education across a wide, innovative spectrum of learning and teaching that delivers proactive graduates who are creative, empowered, employable, inclusive and diverse, ethical and intercultural in outlook.
The behaviour of RBC is guided and determined by our core values of:
Rose Bruford College advocates integrity, inclusivity and creativity.
This means we aspire to our students' highest achievements and the best possible working environment for our staff. The whole College community – women, men and non-binary people, younger and older, from different social and ethnic backgrounds, a variety of faiths, cultures and languages, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and straight, disabled and non-disabled – we are all treated with the same respect and entitled to the same support and chances to succeed.
We champion diversity because a rich mix of people makes Rose Bruford College a more productive and creative place to study and work, and we champion equality because it is the right thing to do.
Our Strategic Aims
- Provide an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive student experience that empowers, equips, and transforms personal and professional growth in the wider creative industries.
- Develop and enhance the academic offer (training/education/research) to ensure it is inclusive, innovative and empowering.
- Recruit and retain a current, industry engaged, and diverse staff cohort enabled and empowered to develop and challenge the students, themselves and the wider industry.
- Facilitate organisational growth and resilience, underpin staff and student transformation and empowerment by developing the academic offer, alternative income streams, and professional systems and services.
- Become a centre of excellence and a leader of good practice across all areas of access and participation which Higher Education, particularly within the small specialist creative sector.
Statement of Academic and Artistic Freedom
Rose Bruford College values and defends the principle of freedom of thought, practice and expression within its academic and artistic community while recognising its responsibilities in promoting tolerance, mutual respect, diversity and cultural understanding. Material is chosen for study and performance on the basis of its value in examining a broad range of practices and ideas. From time to time, such study material may challenge students’ perspectives and values. The College expects students to engage with chosen material without censorship and encourages a spirit of openness, recognition of creative expression and intellectual debate. At the same time, it seeks to ensure that the choice, interpretation and treatment of such material is not gratuitous, exploitative or illegal.
Rose Bruford College prides itself on being a home for all of our students and a haven for respectful, ongoing, and rigorous conversations about contemporary and historical events and movements. Antisemitism, or the hatred, mistrust or mistreatment of Jews, is something we, as a College, condemn and are ever-vigilant about addressing. As a College, we are adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism with the two additional caveats recommended by the Home Affairs Select Committee in 2016.
We condemn antisemitism with the same passionate energy that we condemn racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, misogyny, homophobia and other vile hatreds. We condemn all of these hatreds in a similar breath not because they are all the same, nor because they require the same tools to dismantle, but because a truly equal, inclusive, loving and joyful space will be one all people feel welcomed, respected, considered. And to create that space, we must reject all forms of bigotry as one united force.
Under the leadership of our Board of Governors, Senior Management, our Equality and Diversity Committee, and in dialogue with our Jewish staff members and students, we will be dedicating this year, 2020-21, to an event intended to celebrate the diversity of our community and sector at large, and engage in contemporary discussions about religious freedom, the global rise of fascism, Black Lives Matter, Zionism, Boycott/ Divest/ Sanction, and the role and responsibility of the Arts in these discussions. We take our role as a global leader in international theatre practices very seriously. We intend to engage in all aspects of the global arts and theatre conversations while maintaining a safe environment for our staff and students.
The College has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, together with the additional clauses produced by the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.
These can be read here:
-International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) - antisemitism statement - https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/node/196
-Home Affairs Select Committee – additional clauses to add alongside IHRA statement - https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmhaff/136/13610.htm