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19 May 2023: Event report - Friday News Round

The penultimate Friday News Round of the academic year was held online on May 19th.

After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, the Director of Linking London, and Jakub Kowalewski, Partnership Officer, we started off with a short quiz on recent events in the education sector.

We then updated attendees on the latest Linking London resources in the pipeline, e.g. mapping of university top-up provision and London LMI report. Our resources are available on the Partner Area here. We also outline the schedule for the upcoming T Levels Week.

Following from this, we offered some news headlines, including the recent discussions regarding HE finance, mental health support at HEI, and the impact of AI. We also offered a summary of key publications which may be of interests to partners.

We briefly touched on some Office for Students’ news, before moving on to discuss apprenticeships. Some of the topics covered included apprenticeship funding, as well as the plans for the new Medical Doctor Degree Apprenticeship.

Next on the agenda was the future of post-16 qualifications, and the report on the subject prepared by House of Commons Education Committee. We then moved on to the controversies surrounding the government policy on international students, and the sector response to the issue.

Finally, we covered Lifelong Loan Entitlement developments, and the key findings from Linking London’s mapping of T level entry requirements for the academic year 2024-25.

Feedback from attendees at our News Round events has been really positive:

“Great digest of what is happening in the world of education.” University colleague

“It allowed me to acquire lots of relevant information in a short time.” College colleague

“Very useful overview of all the latest reports and initiatives in HE.” College colleague

The next News Round will take place on 16 June 2023.


Slides and recording

To view the slides and the recording from the day please click here. This link will take you to the SharePoint Partner Area. You must be a Linking London member to access this website, if you do not have access or have any issues logging in, please email



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