Linking London | News | 5 May 2016: Event Report - Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group Meeting

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Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group Meeting

Linking London held its third and final Access to HE Diploma Practitioner Group Meeting of the academic year on 5th May 2016. After an introduction and welcome, the first presentation to the group was made by Marisa Castellini (Head of Access to HE, OCN London).


Marisa’s presentation provided an update on current Access to HE Diploma developments, discussing the NHS Bursary, Access fee waivers and OCN London’s newly developed Access courses. Marisa concluded by posing questions to members on the future of the qualification in light of the new tariff and funding concerns.

Andrew Jones, Deputy Director and IAG Specialist at Linking London, then provided members with Linking London’s initial mapping of the 2017 entry requirements for Access learners. The difficulty of translating tariff requirements to Access grades was highlighted, and methods of assisting students in their understanding of the tariff were discussed.

After a short break attendees took part in a round table update, where practitioners reported on matters such as student retention, unconditional offers, expanding provisions and progression.

Andrew then presented a draft version of a future Linking London publication for group discussion: ‘Studying Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions in HE: A Guide for Access to HE Diploma learners.’ Feedback was given by partners, after which the future direction of the Access Practitioner Group was discussed.

The meeting concluded with an update from Andrew on the Linking London publications available on the Partner Area of the website, and a call for volunteers to assist in some practitioner research.

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 please email


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