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Project information

Fund For Excellence

London Contemporary Dance School, at The Place, offers training of the highest quality, through its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. However, students are struggling against mounting financial pressures and the Fund awards bursaries to exceptional students in need of financial support.


Charity information: The Place

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  • Need


    Each year at least 30% of students at the School experience financial difficulties and apply to the Fund Excellence for help.


    The Fund for Excellence awards bursaries to exceptionally talented students in financial need who would otherwise be unable to take up a place or complete their training. To qualify students must provide evidence of their hardship - after having taken out the maximum government loan available (where eligible) and pursued measures to mitigate their need. Our Student Support Team provides all new students with guidance on part-time employment, funding applications and budgeting.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To alleviate increasing hardship experienced by students


    » Bursaries are made twice a year by our Senior Management Team and are audited by the FFE Committee, assessing their financial circumstances

    What success will look like

    A measure of success is if those less affluent and more culturally diverse students continue their studies

    Aim 2

    To allow those students to focus fully on their training and realise their potential


    » In assessing academic performance in first year’s we consider a student’s skills demonstrated at audition and their level of previous training
    » In assessing academic performance in second year’s we monitor the previous achievements and potential

    What success will look like

    Withdrawal rates are monitored closely with a drop in the figures a key indicator of success

    Aim 3

    To award bursaries to those in genuine need who demonstrate academic achievement and potential


    » In assessing academic performance in third year's we look at their progress and prospects of securing further training or employment after graduation
    » In assessing academic performance for postgraduates we score against their previous training or professional track-record

    What success will look like

    Employment destinations are monitored with those securing extremely competitive contracts and further training opportunities an indicator of success

  • Impact


    We expect to see an increase in the diversity of our student population, with those students from less financially able and more diverse backgrounds empowered to commence/complete their training at the School. We would also expect to see a significant decrease in students who withdraw from their training due to financial pressures. Both of these are key indicators that the Fund and is successful in its aims.


    There is a risk that as the need increases, year on year, the Fund will not secure enough income to support all applicants. To address this we have developed a targeted fundraising strategy, securing support from a number of trusts. We also have ambitious plans to develop alumni giving, having launched an alumni association. There is also a danger that students may not manage their funds responsibly, however our professional studies module gives students advice on budget planning.


    The Development Department at The Place will invite supporters to end of term performances and our annual graduation performances, providing them with the opportunity to meet with beneficiaries. We are happy to provide regular reports detailing how awards from their gifts are allocated.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Bursaries For students in need of support
  • Background


    The Place unites dance training, creation and performance in one building in King’s Cross. Working with dancers from age 5 upwards, The Place brings new talent into the dance profession and guides artists throughout their careers. The Place's activities include London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Robin Howard Dance Theatre, together with pioneering education, outreach, participation and professional development projects.


    We have 125 undergraduates. Our BA offers a range of technique classes, creative modules and theoretical seminars, equipping students with technical, artistic and intellectual skills, encouraging them to test the boundaries of dance. We also have 65 postgraduates. The Pg Dip has four strands: Advanced Dance Studies; Performance; Choreography; and Dance Education & Training, taught across one year, leading to an MA on completion of a thesis.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our School is unique in that it is housed in the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, providing students with a breadth of opportunities. The Place offers students access to studios, audio-visual facilities and a body conditioning suite. Students receive discounted tickets to professional performances in our theatre, which houses the most dance premiers in the country. They also have opportunities to engage with professionals, including our resident company Richard Alston Dance Company.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon O'Shea, Head Of Student Support,

    Awards are managed by Simon O’Shea, who brings extensive experience in this area and a close understanding of the circumstances of each student.