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24 February 2023: Event Report - Friday News Round

The fourth Friday News Round of the academic year was held online on February 24th.

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 activities and resources including our new Guide for Staff Supporting BTEC Learners Post-Course. We also highlighted the Linking London brokerage service and the HE in London site. Our resources are available on the Partner Area here.

Following from this, we offered some news headlines, including latest LLE developments, OfS priorities for access and participation plans, and an overview of numbers generated by the January UCAS deadline.

We then provided a qualifications update covering Halfon’s appeal to universities to publish T level entry requirements, information regarding the progression of the first cohort of T level students, and the government’s decision to defund BTECs.

Next, we looked at apprenticeship-related developments, including the potential of degree apprenticeship to help with social mobility, recent apprenticeship policy recommendations, and the option to search and apply for apprenticeships via UCAS.

We concluded the meeting with the likely and the less likely future policy developments to look out for.

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

“Extremely useful! Will be attending the next one!” University colleague

“Very informative.” College colleague


The next meeting will take place on 24 March 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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