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Linking London Update

As you will be well aware the Coronavirus/Covid-19 has resulted in school and college closures affecting both the education and WP sector. In light of this to ensure the safety of our staff and students all face to face delivery associated with the Linking London Uni Connect Programme has come to a temporary halt.

Despite this, there are positives to focus on and we are delighted to announce that we have surpassed our target of working with 20% of ward learners in FE and Sixth Form Colleges across London and are engaging these students on a sustained programme! This alongside the fact that our satisfaction rating remains high at 90% gives us reason to stay positive amongst the uncertainty. Congratulations to our partners and a big thankyou to our college-based staff who made this possible!

 In Hub 1 our engagement officers started the month by continuing one-to-one meetings and group activity, focusing particularly on signing up new year 12 students, we also launched the next cohort of the creative graduate residencies with UAL graduates, the face to face element of this project has now been put on hold until schools and colleges reopen. Our engagements officers in hub 1 are continuing to offer support to our students via email and phone over the coming months, they will also be producing a selection of guides that will collate the various sources of information about what students should be doing during this time (aside from their online work!). We will be circulating this via our website and social media, so keep an eye out!

In hub 2 our Engagement Officer at LSEC has been working closely with Middlesex University to gather and produce online resources for students to be using whilst working from home. Prior to closures they hosted student finance talks with level 3 students who will be applying for the forthcoming academic year, including an application walk through session. This alongside one-to-one sessions made for a busy start to the month. At Croydon College our engagement officer has continued to facilitate one to work, supporting students with applying for scholarships and following up on student finance queries and providing CV support via email.

In Hub 3 ambassadors from St Mary’s University London have been working with students at RUTC and LSEC to provide study skills sessions which will now be facilitated online.

Central team are continuing to create resources to support students working at home during this uncertain period. We are exploring how to migrate our projects online to ensure our learners still get maximum impact out of the Uni Connect Programme – keep an eye on this space for further information on this in the coming month.

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Linking London NCOP Outreach Hub Update

Like most others, we are adapting to working remotely and we are aiming to offer as much support to careers staff as possible during these uncertain times. Our bulletin went out on Friday 27th March and focused on compiling online resources developed in the last few weeks. Our subject pathway guide for advisers is ticking along and we hope to have a digital version to share with London colleges in the coming weeks (to be followed by physical copies further down the line). We are developing an online discussion forum on LinkedIn for careers staff and HE outreach staff to provide a platform for best practice sharing, discussing common challenges and proper solutions, and network building. Please get in touch with or if you’d like to be involved in the discussion forum or didn’t receive our bulletin and would like to be added to our mailing list.  

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