Principal of Rose Bruford College retires after more than eight years in charge

PUBLISHED: 14:33 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 21 September 2017

Michael Earley

Michael Earley


The college’s alumni includes Gary Oldman and Stephen Graham

The former principal at Rose Bruford College says he has retired from the acting school “at the top of its game”.

Professor Michael Earley served as principal and chief executive officer at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance for the past eight-and-a-half years.

On Friday, September 15, Prof Earley announced his retirement, saying: “Seeing our many, many students turn into successful graduates has to be the high point of my time as head of the college.

“All this has been supported by a spectacular staff, alumni, governors, plus contributions from others in the higher education profession, government and performing arts industry.

“I leave with the feeling that Rose Bruford College has been steadily at the top of its game.”

Earlier this year the college, which has alumni including Gary Oldman, Stephen Graham and Tom Baker, obtained a gold award in the government’s teaching excellence framework, putting it alongside the likes of Oxford and Cambridge for its standard of education.

During his tenure, Prof Early established a working relationship with Summerhall arts centre in Edinburgh, where the college is now the only drama school in the world to operate its own venue year-round and during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, while also building on the college’s relationship with art schools from overseas.

A spokesperson from Rose Bruford said: “The college wishes Prof Earley well in his retirement.”

Dr Andrew Walker has been appointed interim principal.

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