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Linking London Universities and Further Education Colleges' Summit: Collaboration not Competition

On the 15th December, Linking London held the Universities and Further Education Colleges' Summit event, designed to look at how we can work together to provide the education and skills we need for a renewed and rebuilt society post-Covid.

After an opening welcome and introductory remarks from our Executive Director Sue Betts, we welcomed Yolande Burgess, Strategy Director at London Councils who provided us with a thought-provoking presentation on ‘Collaborating to renew - London needs more than a recovery’ on why going back to normal will not be enoughYolande emphasised the point of a renewal rather than a recovery as we don’t want to go back to what we had before and this year has shown how important it is to change London. Yolande also talked about the London Recovery Board and how we can renew London through different ways of working and collaborating including equalising partnerships, understanding partnerships complexities and instituting a whole system change. 

This was followed by two case studies of good practise between HE and FE collaboration within the Linking London partnershipFirstly the group heard from Dylan McTaggartHarrow and Uxbridge College (HCUC) and Stefaan Simons, Brunel University London, focusing on the West London Institute of Technology (IoT) collaboration including the benefits to students and staff from a collaborative IoT approach and lessons learnt such as needing to build relationships and understanding and overcoming preconceived ideas. 

The second case study was presented by Carmel Jewell-NewbyLondon South East College (LSEC) and Timothy Barry, University of Greenwich who talked about what has made the partnership work effectively such as robust communication links, supporting innovation and collaboration to support bidfor funding giving examples where the University of Greenwich has supported LSEC with funding projects. 

After a comfort break, attendees got together in three breakout groups to discuss what the challenges and opportunities for collaboration in the context of their institution and placehow can universities and colleges collaborate and what needs to be done next to take collaboration forward. The group then reconvened and discussed the main points of their discussions. 

The event closed with everyone being thanked for their contributions throughout the afternoon and by asking attendees if they would like a follow up  event, if it’s something they would like to get involved with and what areas in particular are of interest. 

Presentations, recording and discussion notes 

To view the recording, presentations and the discussion notes from the day please click hereThis link will take you to the Linking London SharePoint Partners' Area. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website. If you do not have access, please email  


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