Linking London’s Network of Collaborative Outreach: The Learner Journey - Supporting Progression to Higher Education
This event, which attracted over thirty staff from our partner universities and from colleges across London, was aimed at practitioners who work with college learners thinking about progression to Higher Education (HE). The event looked the student life cycle, from making initial choices about HE, applying, making the transition and onto graduate employment.
After a welcome from Caroline McDonald, Head of Widening Access and Retention at Birkbeck University of London and from Linking London, delegates heard from Andy Frampton, Relationship Manager for UCAS, who gave a presentation focussing on how UCAS supports advisers to in turn help students interested in HE progression. Andy started his presentation with some key facts on application and acceptance rates and on Clearing for 2016 entry. Students accepting a place through Clearing has risen by 3% this year and most universities had places available. Andy then went on to outline changes to the UCAS process and the latest resources and support from UCAS for advisers and their learners.
An interactive session followed, focussing on helping students make informed choices, including alternatives to full-time study. This session included input from Sahar Erfani from Birkbeck, University of London who led a practical exercise on identifying the wide range of progression routes and HE qualifications and opportunities available to students. She was also joined by Temiloa Raiwe, a current Birkbeck student, who shared her experience of HE. Monty Karmakharm from the charity Education and Employers also delivered a presentation focussing on higher and degree apprenticeships.
After a break for refreshments, attendees heard from Luke Chapman from King’s College London on how can learners make an impact with their personal statement, with a particular focus on supporting Access and BTEC learners. This was followed by a presentation on HE Fees and Funding, including the latest updates and support for advisers from the Student Loans Company, delivered by Ben Rutter.
Philippa Hewett, Head of SOAS Careers Service, delivered the final presentation, focussing on graduate employability. Philippa’s presentation focussed on how the graduate landscape has changed over time, how advisers can respond to these changes. How graduate employment outcomes are measured, how graduate employment affects HEIs and using Careers Registration to support undergraduates with their career thinking and planning.
The event concluded with a Q+A panel session which covered a wide ranging discussion, including HE admissions requirements, the importance of financial literacy for students and how to find and apply for higher and degree apprenticeships.