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1 February 2017: Linking London National Collaborative Outreach Programme NCOP

In January, Linking London is taking part in the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). The NCOP is HEFCE funded project with the aim of meeting the Government’s goals of doubling the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds progressing to higher education by 2020.

Linking London, alongside Aimhigher London and AccessHE, will be running a London NCOP to help support learners in 13 London wards where there are high levels of social deprivation and low numbers of learners progressing onto higher education. Funding will be provided for two years in the first instance, from January 2017 to December 2018. Funding for a further two years, to December 2020, will be subject to consortia making satisfactory progress towards meeting the Government’s goals.

Linking London will be working within all 13 target wards with Level 3 college learners. We are working with our partner HEIs to develop a suitable programme of outreach activities which will compliment and build on the work that is already taking place to meet the needs of these learners.

Linking London is also keen to build capacity for new innovative and sustained activity to develop. We have been busy contacting colleges within the 13 wards to identify the learners and support staff who we can work with to strengthen the information, advice and guidance given to students about progressing to higher level learning.

Linking London is pleased to announce we will be running a pilot phase from April 2017 with Barking and Dagenham College and Havering college. This phase will enable us to pilot a variety of identified activities with learners, gauge level of success and adapt as necessary to prepare us for the first full academic year the programme can run. In September 2017 we will begin working with more colleges and run a whole years’ worth of activity.

In other NCOP news, we are currently advertising for a Linking London NCOP Programme Officer. The NCOP Programme Officer will work in colleges to support the work and activities that Linking London will be delivering to college learners.

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, . If you would like to find out more information about the national picture you can view all the information on the HEFCE website.

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