The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland began its existence in 1847 when acclaimed Victorian writer Charles Dickens formally laid the foundation stone of what was then called The Glasgow Athenaeum. Now – in 2021, the RCS has an International reputation as a world leading conservatoire currently rated third in the QS world rankings and is the busiest performing arts venue in Scotland. Offering a huge range of programmes in Music, Drama, Dance, Musical Theatre, Film, Contemporary Performance Practice, Production Arts and Education, its lifelong learning department and Junior Conservatoire offer access to the arts from six months old to citizens of the third age. Bold and ambitious, the RCS’ pioneering approach to collaborative and inclusive arts has included the first degree in Britain in Performance for Deaf actors and the growth of our Research and Knowledge Exchange department, where focus is on innovation through practise as research. Our international community engenders a commitment to Diversity, Equality and Fair Access; embedded in all that we do, the RCS is also the first Conservatoire to employ an onsite Intimacy Co-ordinator as part of its suite of policies to ensure safe space working. It is this last innovation that we will be contributing to the Erasmus Strategic Partnership led by The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.