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London NCOP-Linking London Update

The focus of the NCOP team’s work in June has been on reviewing the work that has been carried out so far and gathering feedback from our students and college and HEI partners.

On 7 June we held a ‘What Works’ event at our offices in Birkbeck University to bring delivery staff together to feedback on what has worked well, what has not worked so well, and to discuss how best to progress next academic year. We have also carried our 2 focus groups with students who have engaged with the NCOP this year – one in Barking and Dagenham College and one in Havering College. All of this is feeding into our current planning for delivery from September 2018.

In Hub 1, there have been 2 fantastic summer schools. On 18, 19 and 20 June, students from Health & Social Care and Engineering at Barking & Dagenham College attended the UEL Yes You Can! Summer Transition Programme this month. In addition to sessions to help build confidence and resilience, increase aspiration and empowerment, the students learnt more about university life and what it is like to live on campus. The following week, on 25, 26 and 27 June, students from Havering College and LSEC spent 3 days at a Creative and Performing Arts Summer School run by Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London and Ravensbourne University London. Students spent a day at each institution and got not only an insight into the world of theatre and performance but also a look at what it would be like to study a creative subject at university.

In Hub 2, sadly The University of Greenwich are leaving the NCOP although the mentoring programme that has been set up as part of their project will continue to run through the online platform Brightside. Following a review into aspects of the NCOP that have worked well this year, we have decided that we will shift the focus from working with whole class groups to more targeted engagement with ward learners.

In Hub 3, St Mary's University continue to deliver their classroom mentor and study skills project in Carshalton College. As it is coming towards the end of the year we are also exploring how this project could be extended next year to reach and engage more ward learners. On 6 and 8 June Middlesex University also delivered 2 staff CPD sessions on their 'My Careers Match' tool - an interactive careers profiling tool. Staff were shown how to use the tool and analyse reports as well as additional resources to use in the classroom.

Finally, on 25 June, St Mary's University Twickenham and Middlesex University London held a Teachers and Advisers Conference at the NCVO Centre near Kings Cross. The day started with an opening address by Sue Betts, Director of Linking London, who introduced the Linking London NCOP and the themes for the day. Martin Loomes, Executive Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University, then gave a very insightful talk on what the future holds, with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence and what this means for careers. Nikki Anghileri, Learning and Development Manager at St Mary's University, then gave a talk on the various academic and pastoral support programmes available to students. After a delicious lunch, Darryll Bravenboer, Director of Apprenticeships and Skills at Middlesex University, spoke on degree apprenticeships and the afternoon ended with a talk and Q&A from Susie King, Head of Admissions at Middlesex University. To view a write up and presentations from the event please click here.

We are currently completing the summer monitoring return for the Office for Students, which will contain an updated operating plan and budget, as well as a comprehensive report on the delivery which has taken place so far. We will also be using the summer months to work on our local evaluation methodology, to ensure we capture some important London-specific insights from the NCOP work. 

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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