Linking London | News | 31 October 2017: Linking London NCOP Update

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NCOP Update

London NCOP-Linking London is delighted that work is now underway in two hubs, delivering Higher Education and pathway sessions to Year 1 and Year 2 college learners.

Work continues in Hub 1 with workshops delivered by Linking London staff to Year 2 learners in both Havering College and Barking & Dagenham College. In November, the Year 2 learners in Hub 1 will also benefit from workshops delivered by Ravensbourne, London South Bank University and Middlesex University London which cover a range of topics from specific portfolio advice sessions for Art and Design students to how to prepare for university and job interviews. On 18th October our Hub 1 Engagement Officer, Michelle Giordmaina, took 60 Year 2 students from Havering College to the UCAS 'Create Your Future Event' at the ExCel London. The students spent time speaking to university representatives and attending workshops on topics such as 'perfecting your portfolio' and student finance.

In Hub 2, sessions have started for both Year 1 and Year 2 learners with The University of Greenwich, London South Bank University and Goldsmiths, University of London, and work is still underway to finalise the activity delivery in Hub 3 which will now start with Year 1 learners in January.

Work has progressed in other areas that will benefit all of our hubs. In October the Linking London Personal Statement Tool, which provides Year 2 learners with additional support before they send off their personal statements to UCAS, went live, and we have already received several personal statements through this. We have also started recruiting for undergraduate mentors to take part in an online mentoring programme delivered by Brightside. This is a programme to support Year 1 learners by matching them with an undergraduate or industry mentor who will be aspirational role models, providing confidence and support in order to help the students make informed decisions about their future. This programme is planned to launch in our NCOP colleges in January 2018.

Finally, as a result of the third round of bidding for partner funding as part of the Outreach pot we will have new projects working across the hubs which include: a CPD programme for staff across all three hubs delivered by Middlesex University London; a staff conference to be held in Spring 2018 organised jointly by Middlesex University London and St Mary's University, Twickenham; a series of meta-cognitive sessions for learners and the deployment of subject specific mentors to act as teaching assistants in Hub 3 organised by St Mary's University, Twickenham; and finally, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in collaboration with Goldsmiths and Ravensbourne are starting a series of subject specific workshops and events designed to prepare students for progression to HE in Hubs 1 and 2.

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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