Linking London | News | 27 February 2018: London NCOP-Linking London Update

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London NCOP-Linking London Update

February seems to have flown by and we are pleased that work with year 1 learners in hubs 1 and 2 is now well underway thanks to the hard work of our engagement officers and partner universities who are delivering there.

On 6th February we launched the NCOP programme in Coulsdon College and look forward to reporting back on the various opportunities that students will have to take part in through their collaboration with Goldsmiths University. The launches for Brightside Online Mentoring have now taken place in Hub 1 and in Coulsdon College in Hub 2 and those that have signed up to this programme have now been matched to a mentor and can begin their mentoring journey. Linking London will provide prompts of topics to talk about and will monitor the levels of engagement to ensure the success of the project. 

In Hub 1, February started off with a puppetry workshop in Havering College delivered by 2 final year students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama which introduced students to the many exciting ways to construct and use puppets within performance. The workshop was very popular with students and as well as enjoying the session itself and meeting 2 current students, they now have to make their own puppets as part of their college assignments! Ravensbourne have continued to deliver portfolio sessions to students from both years in Havering College and Barking and Dagenham College and London South Bank University has also continued to deliver sessions to year 1 students in Barking and Dagenham College. In addition to sessions delivered to students, Middlesex University London also delivered a presentation to progress coaches at Havering College on supporting student choices. The session outlined developments in higher education, further training and employment options for their students to help staff understand the full range of opportunities out there. 

February has also been a busy month in Hub 2 with multiple launches taking place in LSEC for the Discover HE mentoring project delivered by Greenwich University and over 20 ward learners have signed up to participate. In LSEC, London South Bank University have also delivered a variety of sessions including introductions to Higher Education and different apprenticeship and degree pathways and Goldsmiths University have continued to take students on campus visits including an Art and Design taster day. On 6th February Natalie Wood from Goldsmiths and Sarah Fisher from Linking London visited Coulsdon college to speak to ward learners and introduce them to the programme. Natalie spoke to them about the opportunities that will be on offer to them from Goldsmiths University and the first trip to Hackshare Codedojo took place on 7th February and students were also given the opportunity to sign up to Brightside online mentoring. 

In Hub 3, on 21st February, Linking London met with Kingston College, Kingston University and St Mary's University to discuss the start of the NCOP programme now that Ellen Carpenter has started her role. We hope to be updating you on the launch of this programme very soon.

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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