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

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London NCOP-Linking London Update

May seems to have flown by with students in our partner colleges busy with exams and final year projects and NCOP staff delivering final interventions before students leave for summer. We have also now completed the review of NCOP projects so far and we are opening a fourth bidding round for partner projects. We are keen that phase two can be launched and ready for action/delivery in September and so the deadline for submitting a bid is 22 June.

A big event in the calendar this month is the NCOP Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference on 25 June, run by St Mary's University and Middlesex University. This is for all NCOP staff members to increase awareness of supporting under-represented groups into HE, share best practice and network with other NCOP colleagues. This free event aims to increase awareness of the labour market especially around STEM related occupations and jobs of the future and will consist of keynote addresses, workshop sessions and a networking opportunity within the beautiful NCVO Conference Centre by Regent’s Canal.

In hub 1 there have been fewer workshops this month as students are focused on final year projects and exams. We are pleased that several students from both colleges have signed up to the 2 summer schools being offered as part of the NCOP programme. The first is a Creative and Performing Arts Summer School run by Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths and Ravensbourne. It is a 3 day summer school from 25-27 June and will give students an insight on the world of producing theatre and performance. The second summer school is being run by the University of East London from 18-20 June and is designed to build confidence and resilience, raise aspiration, and present higher education as an attainable option to students. Havering College was also able to benefit from the expertise of two visiting lecturers from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama this month, with Year 1s receiving an Introduction to Voice workshop from Joel Trill, and Year 2s receiving a Voice Warm Ups session from Sonja Field. Learners were very appreciative of the sessions, with comments such as "Everything spoke about was engaging and professional. I've come away from this session feeling much more knowledgeable and open to the voice and body."

In London South East Colleges (LSEC), the final face-to-face meetings with mentors have taken place and the focus has been on trying to identify ward learners that have been missed through the interventions so far and working out how to involve these students in our work. Goldsmiths University have also run an IAG stand in Orpington Campus to give both year 1 and year 2 students an opportunity to ask any questions related to HE or their future pathways. 

In Carshalton College,  St Mary's University continue to deliver their classroom mentor and study skills project which is providing considerable support to teachers. Unfortunately, Ellen Carpenter who was working as the engagement officer for South Thames Colleges Group has left the NCOP so planning for further work in hub 3 has once again slowed down.

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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