Linking London | News | 1 February 2018: London NCOP-Linking London Update

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London NCOP-Linking London Update

January has been a busy month for London-NCOP Linking London. We are delighted to welcome Coulsdon College to our Hub 2 who will collaborate with Linking London and Goldsmiths University to offer a programme of activity to ward learners. We have also been busy working on our Q4 monitoring and financial return to HEFCE, where we provided an update on our progress against our initial operating plan. This has now been submitted and we are awaiting feedback.

In Hub 1, Linking London and our partner universities continue to support Year 2 students. Although at the start of January many students were still completing UCAS applications to meet the 15th January deadline for most courses, sessions from our partner universities have now begun to focus on interview preparation and study skills. Students studying creative subjects have also benefited from sessions on preparing their portfolios. We have also begun our first sessions with Year 1 students in both colleges and the focus of these sessions has been more general – introducing students to Higher Education, debunking common myths and discussing different future pathways. At the end of January we also launched the Brightside Online Mentoring programme to NCOP ward learners in both colleges.

In Hub 2 in January, London South Bank University have continued to deliver sessions as part of their Extending Pathways Project. For Year 1 students this is currently focused on introducing students to Higher Education and their different pathway options and sessions to Year 2 students are focused on interview preparation and study skills. Goldsmiths, University of London continue to run their Curriculum Projects which includes among other sessions, taking groups of students to Goldsmiths campus to take part in Hackshares CodeDojo events and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama are running workshops ranging from design, lighting and sound to auditions, voice and movement. January has also seen the launch of a mentoring programme 'Discover HE' run by Greenwich University which offers ward learners in LSEC tailored, targeted support to help them overcome barriers to higher education. 

In Hub 3, we are delighted to have appointed Ellen Carpenter who will be based 2.5 days a week working in the South Thames Colleges Group (Kingston, Carshalton and South Thames College) and who will help coordinate and deliver a programme of activities for ward learners in this college, including supporting St Mary's University Twickenham and Kingston University London to deliver their projects.

If you are interested in finding out more about Linking London’s NCOP and how you can get involved, please do get in touch with our Programme Coordinator, . Please do also keep up to date with our NCOP by looking at our NCOP tab on the Linking London website.

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