April Edition

Welcome to the April edition of the Linking London NCOP Outreach Hub bulletin! 

This month we focus on virtual events and resources and opportunities that can help you support students remotely and in person.
We (Jess and Melanie) are busy working from home and welcome questions/requests for help or support - our email addresses are at the bottom of the bulletin. Have a great Easter break!
Key Outreach Hub Info

BTEC Support Package
Five of our HE partners are producing videos to help BTEC Extended Diploma Year 1 students who are in the early stages of deciding what and where they'd like to study after Level 3. Video topics include: deciding on the right course and university, narrowing down options when studying broad subjects like Business, and beginning your personal statement. You can register here and the package, with links to Youtube videos and other resources, will be emailed to you in the week of April 19th. Please also encourage your students to complete the form too.

Nursing & Midwifery Event for Staff - May 18th 11am
An online event for college staff who are supporting Level 3 students decide on their next steps towards Nursing & Midwifery, as well as more general AHP subjects. We have a panel of representatives from 3 universities to discuss their subject offering in the field and how they recommend supporting students who are starting to think about life after Level 3. Each panellist will speak for about 10 minutes to introduce their institution and give some advice and then there will be 15-20 mins for Q&A. This even would be suitable for careers staff as well as tutors for Level 3 Health and Social Care, Nursing, or Midwifery courses (including Access to Nursing, BTEC Health and Social Care, etc). Sign up to receive a Teams invite here.


You can preview and download our resources below:
If you would like any of the guides or careers to curriculum posters printed and sent to your institution please get in touch with Melanie or Jess 
HEI Virtual Events & Tours 

Birkbeck College, UoL will are holding a virtual open day on the 24th June 

Brunel University London are running a virtual open day on the 17th April

Goldsmiths, UoL - register for their virtual open day on the 31st March  here 

University of Greenwich have an  open day on the 26th June

London Institute of Banking & Finance have a virtual drop in session on March 31st 

London Metropolitan University have a UG live chat on the 31st March 

King's College London - open days will take place between 2-8 June 

Kingston University London - sign up for their virtual open day on April 10th here

Middlesex University London - sign up for their next open event on the 21st April here

New College of the Humanities are running a virtual open day on the 10th April sign up here

London South Bank University - sign up to receive information on their next open day here

Ravensbourne University London detail their upcoming virtual open day on the 26th June here

University of Roehampton - have an open event on the 7th April here

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama are holding a virtual information session on the 3rd May 

SOAS, UoL are holding an open day on the 5th June, sign up here

St Mary's Twickenham, London are holding an open day on the 15th May, sign up here

Queen Mary, UoL are running  open days on the 25-26 June

University of the Arts London  have a range of undergraduate events here starting in May on subject areas including illustration, theatre design, fine art and more 

UCL - Register details for their next open day here

University of East London have an open event on April 7th

University of West London are running a virtual open day on March 27th

University of Westminster are hosting a virtual open day  on June 12th

Rose Bruford College are running virtual campus tours on the 30th March & 4th May

All virtual events are have been compiled into the Outreach Hub HEI Events Calendar which can be downloaded here
FE & Sixth Form College Virtual Events & Tours 
Barking & Dagenham will are holding a foundation and SEND online open day on April 1st

Barnet & Southgate College detail their  open events here 

Capel Manor College are running a virtual advice session on  the 27th of April

City & Islington College detail their April open events here

City of Westminster College - register for a virtual open event here

College of North West London - sign up for future open events here

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London future open day information is available here 

Coulsdon Sixth Form College open day information will be posted here

Croydon College future open events will be posted here

Harrow College future open day information 

Haringey Sixth Form College sign up here for open day information

Lambeth College have an open event on May 13th 

Morley College are holding a Higher Education & Access to HE event on April 20th & a 16-18 open day on April 24th

New City College are running an Adult Student Recruitment Event on April 20th and all recordings of past events can be viewed here

Newham College London next open events will be shared here

Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) have an online open event here 

Richmond Upon Thames College have an open event on the 20th of April

South Thames College Group - All events can be found here 

Southwark College has an open event on the 12th and 13th of May

Waltham Forest College register for information on their May open day here

West London College detail all campus open days in March and throughout the summer here

Westminster Kingsway College will detail any future open events here
UCAS Discovery Day – 20-21st April

During the specific South East event, students can explore over 100 universities as well as receive information on careers and apprenticeships. Dr Alex will also be presenting to reiterate the importance of mental health on student choices and future outcomes, sign up here

UCAS have made available a resources toolkit to help staff and students get the most out of the Discovery Day, download it here

Student Competitions 
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Next Generation Economics Competition

This competition asks students in years 10-13 to submit a letter to the FCDO Chief Economist addressing one of two questions - click here for the questions and to enter

The competition is aiming to tackle a lack of diversity in the economics profession by reaching students who would not otherwise consider studying economics.

The Big Bang

UK Young Scientists & Engineers STEM Competition - submissions open this week 

The competition recognises and rewards young people's achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), whilst providing them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.

For further information and to enter click here 

HEI Sessions for Students

London South Bank University have three upcoming "in conversation" with student events:

Accounting & Finance - 31st March
Social Work - 7th April
Bioscience - 14th April 

St Mary's University Twickenham have released a series of "motivation hacks" from current students who are studying virtually. Students discuss the challenges of online learning as well as tips to keep motivation levels up. View them here:

Pippy's  Motivation Hacks 
Pheobe's Motivation Hacks 
Martina's Motivation Hacks

SOAS are holding online masterclasses on the following topics:

Regulating COVID: race, gender and law - 21st April
East Asian Languages and Cultures  - 6th May
Politics - 6th May

Goldsmiths, UoL are running the following in conversation sessions:

International Student Advice - 21st April
How to Decide where to go to Uni - 26th May
How to Achieve a Healthy Work/Life Balance - 30th June

University of Greenwich are running a series of twilight lectures in April, the sessions can be viewed and booked here

University of Greenwich are also holding an Earth Day - Tackling Climate Change Action on the 21st April, to sign up click here

St Mary's University Twickenham are offering taster academic sessions on sport & exercise nutrition, politics, sport management and more  . View all and sign up here

University of Roehampton are holding an applying and personal statements session on the 30th March sign up here 

University of West London's Film, Media and Design School are running an experience day on April 6th, sign up here. UWL's London College of Music is holding an experience day on the 8th April, sign up here

University of Westminster are launching "Westminster Wednesdays" which has events up to a June 2021 of weekly taster sessions and masterclasses.  View the  schedule here

UCL are running "Study Prep," a free online course for Year 13s who are preparing to study at university in this uncertain time

London Metropolitan University have an UG live chat on 31st March, sign up here

St George's, University of London have pulled together some useful advice for students wishing to apply to courses in Medicine, with a particular focus on making applications stand out when work experience opportunities are harder to come by during the COVID crisis, take a look here

University of London have released dates for their institution's taster courses. Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths, UCL, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, SOAS and Royal Holloway are all participating so far, click here to book

Subject Specific & Future Options Support

Escape Studios (Pearson College London) have released a digital guide for students interested in creative careers in Visual Effects, Animation and Game Art

All recordings from National Careers Week are available here

Unifrog are running a Subject Discovery Series throughout May. Subjects include Economics, Law, Business and Hospitality and Art & Design, view them all  and sign up here
Amazing Apprenticeships & Not Going to Uni have teamed up to launch a parents and carers podcast to help them in providing career advice

In2scienceUK offers year 12 students the chance to kickstart their future career in STEM pathways in their 3 week summer programme in 2021

Unifrog have also made available all recordings of their subject specific webinars here 

IntoHealthcare have release the recording of their session focusing on Multi-Mini Interviews to support students

BT have free online sessions throughout April that support job seekers with CV writing, job applications and social media strategy

The RAF have made their careers webinar dedicated to international women's day available here

My HE Plus has a large collection of resources to help students explore topics within a range of subjects and give them an introduction to the fundamentals of those subjects, explore them here 

Apprenticeship Resources

UCAS Discover Apprenticeships Event 
Sign up here to hear from current apprentices about their experiences and get expert advice on choosing options after leaving school or college. 

Degree Apprenticeship Opportunities

Google - Software development opportunities

Wills Towers Watson - Insurance and Pensions Opportunities

BT - Technology and Cyber Security 

IBM - Digital, Technology and Business Management


Work Experience 

Nuffield Research Placements - Provide engaging, hands-on research projects for year  12 students interested in a career in STEM 

In2Science 3 week Summer Placements - for all year 12 students interested in STEM careers

NHS Live Virtual Work Experience - supporting all aspiring healthcare students with work experience opportunities during the pandemic

Allen and Overy Virtual Work Experiences - Smart Start Scheme - providing year 12 students with the opportunity to learn how to identify, secure, and anaylse professional and academic experiences

Hunter Bevan have extended their marketing virtual work experience programme, download the brief on their website

Barclays Lifeskills is free for students to sign up to and offers students an opportunity to gain work experience  and build essential skills needed for the workplace

The RCGP has launched Observe GP, an interactive video platform providing work experience insights into the role of a GP 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School are running a course that provides students with "virtual" work experience in Medical settings. The course will help students understand the NHS and how to reflect on work experience

Workfinder helps students find remote work experience opportunities

Prospects have a dedicated page with advice on using social media to job hunt

Forage have virtual work experience programmes that students can apply for
Staff Events & CPD
The National Career Guidance Show 2021 will be offered virtually on the 28th April, offering free CPD and information to help staff best support their students, book here 

Amazing Apprenticeships have shared their Teacher & Career Adviser Webinar recordings from last summer here 

Amazing Apprenticeships have also launched their ASK programme on 12th April to support students in year 11 and 13 with summer transition options – staff can sign up here to request support

The CDI have new online conferences and courses open for booking, details below: 

National Tech Fest - 29th & 30th March - conference to enhance your digital skills & knowledge and how it can be effectively utilised

Career Development Intervention As Mental Health Support - 19th April

Safe and ethical web video conferencing for careers guidance - 22nd April 

Career Development Framework - 27th April - free webinar to showcase the new framework

View the whole catalogue of events here

The NHS have released their NHS Support Fund HEI toolkit to help staff promote the NHSLSF to their students 

The Education & Training Foundation have produced a range of CPD and webinars that are available online for staff throughout April 

EMSI have released the slides exploring the UK labour market in 2020 and what happened, view them here

The Students Loan Company relay important information in their bulletin here

The Social Mobility Barometer 2021 gives a timely snapshot of perceptions of where the coronavirus pandemic has impacted most, who has suffered and what needs to be done by government and others

The CEC have released resources that explore ideas and good practice when working with parents in these challenging times

Prospects have released the "What do Graduates Do?" Report which offers insight and analysis from the UK's largest HE survey

Careermap have made available a range of webinars that can be shared with your students:
Browse them all here 

UCAS have made their adviser guide for 2021 available here

UniTasterDays has released its teachers' guide to university in 2021 to support university guidance that is provided in colleges and schools. It's free to download here

Success at School have developed an article examining the future of work for your students -  View it here

Advancing Access have a plethora of staff CPD resources available for free. These resources are especially useful for supporting students who are applying to Russell Group institutions. Register for a free account here to access these resources
We love receiving feedback both positive and constructive. Here's a few comments we have received this month:

"We really do appreciate the resources and links you guys compile and share with us. Its very much appreciated. Keep up the good work !! "

"Very useful"

"These resources are great"

Online Staff Discussion Forum   

We have launched our online discussion forum  for college careers staff and HE outreach staff via LinkedIn and you can request to join here.  

Purpose of the forum
  • A space for discussion about common challenges and solutions
  • An opportunity to share and access helpful resources and good practice
  • A chance to foster a sense of community among careers and outreach staff
The Linking London NCOP Outreach Hub Team

Jess Brown 

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Melanie Green

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About the Outreach Hub 

We will be working collaboratively with London colleges to improve the social mobility of college learners by widening participation into and through higher education. We are here to support London college staff, including teachers and advisers in a number of ways. This includes:

Acting as a point of contact and support for college careers advisers to find out more about HE outreach activities in London, as well as brokering support to existing or new provision where needed.

Developing a range of new resources for advisers and teachers as well as delivering staff development events. 

Signposting to useful sources of information and support and providing information and advice about HE including higher and degree apprenticeships. 

We want college and HE staff to shape our support offer to ensure we are addressing genuine needs. 
A word from us...

We are here for you! Get in touch if you have any questions about higher education, including higher level apprenticeships. By way of example, to date we have received requests from college staff for mapping university entry requirements for BTEC and Access courses, LMI forecasts, help with identifying specific outreach support and higher level apprenticeship mapping.

The London National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) is part of the Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students. AccessHE, Aimhigher London and Linking London* work with staff in schools and colleges across London to help increase awareness among young Londoners of the opportunities available in higher education. Linking London works exclusively with staff in London sixth form colleges and further education colleges. 

*Linking London, based at Birkbeck, University of London, is an established partnership of London higher education institutions, colleges and other members dedicated to improving social mobility for college learners through education.

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