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24 March 2023: Event report - Friday News Round

The fifth 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 the Spring Budget, the new Science and Technology Framework, the OfS inquiry, and the growth of satellite university campuses in London.

We then provided an update on Halfon’s strategy for further and higher education, as well as on plans to assign UCAS tariff points to apprenticeships. We outlined reasons why apprentices drop out from the scheme, and touched on “returnerships” recently mentioned by the chancellor. Next, we looked at T level-related developments, including roll out delays, and headlines from the latest T level action plan. We also discussed T level student characteristics.

We summarised the main parts of the LLE bill (and its challenges), and the takeaways from the CEIAG Inquiry Committee Meeting.

We concluded the session with some thoughts on ChatGPT, and 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 21 April 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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