31 March 2017: Linking London NCOP Update
In the North East delivery hub, our plans to begin our pilot phase with Barking and Dagenham College and Havering College in April are well under way and we are putting together a support package for the identified ward learners on Level 3 programmes in year 1 and 2 at both colleges. We are also working with their college staff to see how we can support staff development training and parent events.
We were pleased to receive 7 project proposals from our partners for the outreach money we have available. We discussed the proposals at our first Steering Group meeting. These proposals range from staff posts, to be based within the three delivery hubs, to study skills support programmes and mentoring schemes. We are currently considering each proposal and we will be able to feed back the outcomes of these to our partners through our next NCOP update in April.
We are working with the London NCOP evaluator Nienke Alberts from AccessHE to ensure we can measure the impact this programme is having on the learners who participate. We have been working with Nienke to develop questionnaires for learners to complete which will help us measure the impact this programme is having. We will be using match control trials as a way of identifying the impact of the NCOP interventions.
We will be welcoming Hannah Searle to the Linking London team on 4th April when she starts with us as our new Programme Officer (NCOP). Hannah will be working closely with students and staff at our participating colleges and also with our university partners as we delivery our programme of activities.
On 20th April, the London NCOP will be holding its first Governing Board meeting at Kingston University, who are the lead institution for this programme. We will be joined by representatives from all three networks and the meeting will be chaired by Kingston University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Mackintosh.
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, Emily Harber. If you would like to find out more information about the national picture, you can view all the information on the HEFCE website.