Linking London | News | 8 May 2018: Event report - Access Practitioner Group Meeting

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Access Practitioner Group Meeting

The meeting featured a presentation from Sarah Francis, Quality and Standards Officer at OCN London, who provided an overview of the current Access to HE Diploma developments. Susie Wright, Advanced Learning Development Coordinator, Morley College, then updated the group on reflections on the progression of Access learners onto HE in 2016 and 2017 from Morley. This was followed by a presentation from Pam Harrison, Deputy Head of School (Head of Section Adult, Community, Health & Social Care), Kingston College, on Access recruitment, progression to HE & challenges. Louise Andronicou, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions for the School of Law & Social Sciences, London South Bank University, then shared details about their upcoming staff CPD sessions aimed at FE staff and Access practitioners.

The third and last Access Practitioner Group meeting of this academic year was held on the 8th May and was well attended, with 25 partner representatives present.

After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, delegates heard from Sarah Francis. Sarah shared with the group the latest statistics and data on Access students, achievement rates and recruitment for this year. Sarah also distributed the new OCN London leaflet for prospective students, which you can find on the partners area.

A roundtable partner update then followed where partners shared information on entry requirements and outreach offers, and college partners discussed the recruitment of Access learners and HE progression. Topics included: examples of good practice, student recruitment and retention, statistics about their Access cohorts, and new outreach initiatives.

After the partner roundtable, Susie Wright shared her insights into the progression of Morley Access students to HE in 2016 and 2017. Susie has been tracking the destination of their learners and keeping note of institutions in London offering places to and recruiting Access students.

After a short networking and refreshment break, the group then heard from Pam Harrison who provided an update on Kingston College’s Access recruitment, enrolment process and progression to HE for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions related Access courses. Pam also touched on the importance of marketing and using tools such as social media to engage learners.

Louise Andronicou then shared information about two upcoming CPD sessions for FE Access staff, focusing on getting students to write great extended projects (the 6 unit module on most OCN London Access courses). The sessions were devised in collaboration with FE colleges and LSBU held focus groups with colleges so that practitioners could help inform the agenda. The days take place on 2nd and 9th July and more details can be found in the partners area.

Finally, Andrew informed the group about the recent Linking London resource updates, including the latest higher and degree apprenticeship vacancies in London mapping and the collaborative web resource for the OCN London learner pages created by Andrew and Marisa is live and can be accessed here. The meeting closed with a group discussion around the key priorities for the next meetings.

The first Access meeting of the next academic year will take place in October/November – date and room TBC.

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 and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your login name and password, then please email


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