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28 February 2017: Linking London NCOP Update

Since our last NCOP update, Linking London has been working to establish three delivery hubs to cover the 13 wards identified by HEFCE as areas the NCOP needs to focus on to increase HE progression by December 2020.

The first hub will be in East London and cover 5 wards:

  • Havering Park
  • Heaton
  • Gooshays
  • Parsloes
  • River


The second hub is in the South East of London covering 5 wards:

  • North End,
  • Eltham West,
  • New Addington,
  • Cray Valley East
  • Fieldway


The third hub is in the South West and covers the remaining 3 wards:

  • Wandle Valley
  • St Helier
  • Feltham West


We have confirmed that we will be primarily working with Barking and Dagenham College and Havering College in the East hub, and propose to be working with London South East College Group and potentially Croydon College in the South East hub. We are also proposing to be working with Kingston College and Richmond College in the South West hub. We are planning college meetings for the South East and South West hub to take place in the next month, and it is likely that activity within these hub areas will not start until May (at the earliest) with the full programme starting in September 2017. However, it is the intention that we start activity in the East hub after the Easter holiday.    

We have been busy working with Barking and Dagenham College and Havering College to identify the group of learners we will be working with, and we are now starting to establish what the programme offer will look like.

The timeline for partners who want to submit a bid proposal for a share of the outreach money pot has been shared and dates disseminated. The deadline for the first round of bids is 13th March 2017 (2nd round deadline is 22nd May). All submitted proposals by the deadline will be discussed and agreed through our Steering Group meetings.

Once we have established the learners and subject areas we are going to be focusing on Linking London will then be able to engage with our university partners (12 of them) who are involved in this programme to see where appropriate support can be offered. 

Finally, in other NCOP news, we are currently advertising for a Linking London Programme Coordinator (NCOP) for maternity cover to work alongside the Programme Manager and the Linking London team to coordinate our activity within this programme.

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, . If you would like to find out more information about the national picture you can view all the information on the HEFCE website.


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