Linking London | News | 7 June 2017: Event report - IAG Practitioner Group Meeting

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IAG Practitioner Group Meeting

This meeting featured a presentation from Ben Rutter, Funding Information Partners Account Manager at Student Loans Company (SLC) and Andrew Jones, Linking London, led an interactive IT session with partners focusing on useful IAG resources for advisers and learners.

The fifth and final IAG Practitioner Group Meeting of the academic year was held on 7 June and was well attended. After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, Deputy Director and IAG Specialist at Linking London, delegates received an update on the current student finance landscape from Ben Rutter.

Ben Rutter announced to the group that the new student deadline has now passed and that the SLC received 828,613 applications, with around 200,000 awaiting information. From the 31May, students are now able to apply for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) online.  Ben informed the group about postgraduate loan applications – there have been over 100,000 applications so far. Ben then flagged useful student finance websites for partners, which included The Student Room’s dedicated student finance zone and the SFE’s YouTube channel.

A roundtable partner update followed, where partners discussed and shared IAG related news and examples of good practice. Topics included: UCAS applications, Summer Schools/Experience Days, college mergers and higher/degree apprenticeships.

Following this, delegates contributed ideas to key issues and priorities for the IAG Practitioner Group meetings going forward in 2017/18.

After a networking break, the group then headed over to an IT suite to explore the different online resources and research around the topics of LMI, making informed HE choices and applications, and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. Partners discussed the websites and software, and rated their experience of using these sites. Delegates then suggested further IAG resources for adviser and learners.

The meeting closed with Andrew Jones informing the group of the forthcoming Linking London publication due to be sent out over the summer period.

The first IAG meeting of the next academic year will take place in October 2017, please click here to view the Linking London events calendar.

Presentations and meeting note

To view the presentations and meeting note from the day please click here. This link will take you to the partners' area of the website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website. If you do not know your login name and password, then please email

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