Conservatoires UK Student Network

The Conservatoires UK Student Network (CUKSN) was formed with the support of the CUK Board in 2013 by Student Union Presidents and student representatives of the UK conservatoires.
Royal Academy of Music – Photo by Roscoe Rutter

CUKSN was established from a desire to engage with, and inform, the views and decisions of Conservatoires UK, regarding the student voice and sector issues.

CUKSN is committed to working with CUK for the benefit of all conservatoire students.

CUKSN is inclusive of all conservatoire disciplines and departments, representing the diversity of all the member institutions of CUK and is committed to operate in a fair, democratic, and unbiased way to the benefit of all students studying in conservatoires.

The Student Network engages with its student representatives, student bodies, graduates, staff, and external professional organisations, in order to progress an informed student opinion regarding Conservatoire education and experience.

Alongside the CUK Board, the Student Network and its members are consulted and work with organisations such as Healthy Conservatoires Network, Help Musicians UK, Equity, the National Union of Students, and the Association of European Conservatoires Student Working Group.  In November 2020 in partnership with the CUK principals group, CUK and CUKSN published a respect policy agreed by all of our member conservatoires. The network values the well-being and experience of all students and we will continue to work together to ensure that this is kept at the forefront of conversations

The Student Network holds four meetings a year at a different member institution each time. More recently the group has been more frequently meeting online to tackle the issues which have arisen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The members for 2023/24 are:

  • Chair: Sinead Walsh
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama SU: Violetta Suvini 
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: none
  • Leeds Conservatoire: Duncan Abrahart
  • Royal Academy of Music SU: Tiffany Qiu
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire: Andrey Fjeldstad and William Pullen
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama SU: Mia Doona
  • Royal College of Music SU: Tymon Zgorleski
  • Royal Northern College of Music SU: Sam Austin 
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland SU: Ken Fairbrother 
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama SU: Natalie Roe 
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance SU: Fenella Blue Lawrence 

“The Conservatoires UK Student Network represent and advocate on behalf of all conservatoire students around the United Kingdom, across all disciplines of the performing arts. We are passionate about the student voice and our members are immersed within the student experience, engaging with students on a daily basis. CUKSN facilitates communication with CUK, as well developing partnerships within the performing arts industry, campaigns for an inclusive and equitable conservatoire experience for all, and works to break down barriers to access that are impeding our students from reaching their full potential. We want to celebrate the breadth of training that occurs within our institutions through showcasing the value of conservatoires and the enriching experiences that our disciplined, talented and ambitious student bodies obtain during their education”.

If you would like any more details on the Student Network, or would like to collaborate and consult with us, please email

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