Linking London | Key Priority Areas | Access, retention and student success, and progression

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Access, retention and student success, and progression

This work strand addresses the three main areas of the OfS strategy (access, retention and student success, and progression) supporting partners’ Access and Participation Plans/Statements to bring about further and faster progress within higher education in London and to support learners through the whole learner journey. 

Through this work strand Linking London will:

  • Provide opportunities, via our Chatham House Rule meetings, to share key policy developments, issues and good practice in enhancing Access and Participation Plan work with partners. 
  • Support and coordinate a targeted outreach and collaborative partner IAG offer to enable partner institutions to meet and surpass the new OfS guidance, in particular the area of collaborative targets. This will also include exploring opportunities to work with partners to work collaboratively on key access priority groups focusing on mature learners and white working-class males.
  • Through the HE in London website provide a single point of contact for information about Higher Education outreach in London. 
  • Support partners’ work in enhancing student success and progression outcomes, such as links to employment and access to the professions, as well as via our Student Retention and Success Practitioner Group. 
  • Continue the support in brokering and embedding progression or institutional agreements, ensuring that these are effectively monitored to enable HEIs to evidence them as part of their widening participation and outreach offer, plus exploring in sector areas the use of articulation agreements. 
  • Bring together, through delivering events and producing publications, partners who offer specialist curriculum courses to provide a subject and sector focus. 
  • Explore and advertise alternatives to the full-time model of HE, including part-time, flexible, blended and work-based learning, and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships with partners. 
  • Continue to build on links established to date with the Greater London Authority (GLA) as well with the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) to ensure we are factored into and engage with the skills for London Strategy and Adult Education Roadmap, as well as the LEAP’s priorities as outlined in the jobs and growth plan. 

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