Linking London | News | 7 January 2019: London NCOP-Linking London Update

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London NCOP-Linking London Update

In December, as well as rounding off activity from the first term in our partner colleges, we reviewed the NCOP work that has taken place since September.

It has been a very busy term with over 300 NCOP sessions engaging over 160 ward learners. This doubles the number of ward learners we worked with last academic year and brings our total ward learner engagement to 243. This significant increase is in large part due to the start of work in Havering Sixth Form College who joined the NCOP this year. Whilst we are delighted to have increased our engagement with ward learners, due to the low percentage of target ward learners in FE colleges in London (ranging from just 2% to a maximum of 16%) we have also engaged with significant numbers of non-ward learners (over 400 since September 2017). However, our data shows that this work is still valuable - the overall proportion of all students taking part in London Ncop activities who are classified as disadvantaged in at least one indicator is 84%.

In terms of who we are working with, we are now working with 3 colleges in our East London hub (Hub 1): Havering Sixth Form College, Havering College of Further and Higher Education and Barking and Dagenham College and 2 colleges in our South East London hub (Hub 2); Coulsdon Sixth Form College and London South East Colleges. In our South West hub (Hub 3) we are no longer working with South Thames Colleges and are looking to engage with another college to cover the remaining 3 ward areas. We also now have 7 partner universities working collaboratively on the NCOP programme; St Mary’s University Twickenham, Middlesex University London, Goldsmiths, University of London, Ravensbourne University London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of East London. Whilst each university works predominantly on a specific NCOP project, we have an operational meeting once a month which brings together all Linking London NCOP practioners (our university partners as well as engagement officers based in the colleges). This is an opportunity to ensure the collaborative nature of the project and in particular, a space to foster collaboration between HEIs on the project, an aspect of university outreach that is often overlooked.

In other news, in December we received the good news that Phase two of the NCOP from August 2019 to July 2021 has been approved with £50 million set out for this work and all 29 consortia invited to apply. Building on phase one, it will continue to deliver targeted higher education outreach within the current NCOP wards but it will also establish outreach hubs within each consortia to help schools and colleges access the higher education outreach they need and provide a platform for wider collaboration.

Finally, we are in the process of preparing our Q7/8 return to the OfS and planning the delivery of work in the second term. 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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