About working at the Academy

The Royal Academy of Music is a stimulating and friendly environment, attracting students and staff from around the world.

Based in central London adjacent to Regent’s Park, we have been training musicians to the highest professional standards since our foundation in 1822. Many of the world’s leading musicians and performers studied with us and we are firmly focused on developing tomorrow’s musical leaders in variety of disciplines. To do this, we have built a family of over 500 inspirational, creative, dedicated and highly motivated professional people across our teaching, administrative and support disciplines.

Full details of our terms and conditions of appointment will be given to you during our recruitment process, but in summary the following applies:

Recruitment and Probation

All appointments are subject to receipt of two satisfactory references prior to appointment and a probationary period of six months duration for non-academic posts and 12 months for academic posts. For roles with a significant budgetary responsibility, we may request to perform a credit reference check prior to appointment. We will advise you of this during the recruitment process. Roles that involve the teaching of/working with vulnerable people or young persons under the age of 18 will require an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check prior to the commencement of employment.  All new staff are invited to our Induction events.

Hours of Work

Average full-time working hours are 30 hours per week for teaching positions, 32.5 or 35 hours per week for administrative and support roles. Part-time hours are adjusted, pro rata, to the full time equivalent.

Annual Leave

Holiday entitlement for full-time permanent staff is 30 days for administrative staff and 35 for teaching staff, in addition to public holidays.

Training and Development

Continuous professional development is encouraged throughout and staff, many of whom are considered to be at the height of their respective professions, continue to be supported with appropriate ongoing training during their time with us.  We support the study of professional qualifications, such as the ACCA, CIMA or CIPD through to PhD level development.


On joining the Academy, you will be automatically assessed and enrolled into one of our pension schemes. For academic staff, this is the Teachers’ Pension Scheme; for administrative and support staff this is the Academy Group Pension Plan; and Junior Academy staff may be eligible to join the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) scheme. Full details will be provided upon appointment.

Other Staff Benefits

Other staff benefits include:

  • Subsidised canteen, open to staff and students from 8.30am every day during term time, serving healthy, satisfying hot and cold meals and snacks, freshly prepared by our resident chef.  Our bar is open to all from 5.30pm onwards.
  • A range of flexible working options.
  • Interest free annual season ticket loans, with the facility to repay through a monthly deduction from your salary.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Lunchtime concerts on most term days, at which staff are most welcome.  Evening concerts and recitals happen daily, where you can hear a wide range of musical genres being performed to the very highest standard.  

If you have any questions about working at the Academy, please contact a member of the Human Resources team on hr@ram.ac.uk.

Application Form and Equality Monitoring Form

We are committed to equality and welcome applications from all sections of society.

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