Nearly student finance application time

Welcome to the February edition of the 2021/22 Linking London Uni Connect bulletin.
Below you'll find upcoming events for students and staff.

Update on Uni Connect young learner work
On the young targeted side of Uni Connect we have exceeded our target of working with 20% of learners in target wards – we have worked with 285, plus an additional 300 other learners who often meet other measures of disadvantage. On average, our ward learners have attended 2.9 activities, and received 2.6 hours of contact time each. Two new Brightside online mentoring schemes launch today, with St Mary’s University and New College of Humanities, and we kick off with a virtual info session for mentees tomorrow to help them make the most of mentoring.
Update on Uni Connect adult learner work
If you require support with IAG and HE advice for your Level 3 adult learners, please complete our request form and we will reach out to our HE partners on your behalf to fill the request. Several colleges have utilised this so far with positive results.
Student finance webinar for parents and guardians
We’re excited to announce a Year 13/Year 2 online parent talk on Wednesday 9 March, 6-7pm. Speakers from Student Loans Company and two London universities will cover student loan applications, eligibility, residency, means testing, DSA, repayments, budgeting, scholarships, bursaries and other financial support, and we’ll be joined for the Q&A by a parent who has recently been through the student finance application process with her own offspring. Anyone interested in attending can register here
HEI sessions for students

Birkbeck, UoL list upcoming events here - including campus tours and taster events.

Brunel list upcoming events here.

Ravensbourne list upcoming events here - most notably, they have several workshops running in the Easter holidays.

Greenwich have sessions for prospective students listed here.

Goldsmiths have a series of webinars listed here, including a mature learner session on March 2nd.

Kingston University London - advertise upcoming webinars here, and have recordings up of past events.

Middlesex advertise upcoming events here, and have an on-campus NHS Health and Social Care Careers Fair on March 17th.

Point Blank Music School are running Saturday workshops to 
provide an insight into music production - for more info and book click here.

UAL has upcoming sessions for students listed here, including online events for National Careers Week in March.

UEL list upcoming events here, including a series of webinars for National Careers Week - covering nursing, journalism, and psychology.

University of Westminster have a series of master classes, Westminster Wednesdays, running throughout the next few months - book here.

Conference for SEND learners
Aimhigher London are hosting a free ‘Preparing to Progress’ conference in person on Friday 1st April from 10am-4pm, at Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus. It is aimed at learners with SEND who are studying A-levels and level 3 courses at sixth form / college, and who are interested in progressing to higher education. It aims to prepare them for the transition to higher education and empower them to access relevant support to ensure they succeed.

The conference will be delivered in collaboration with staff from St Mary’s University, Kingston University, the University of Roehampton, and Diversity & Ability. Learners will also hear from current and recent university students, who will share their own experiences of the transition from sixth form/college to university and the support that has helped them to succeed. 

To book places, please contact 
HEI virtual tours and open days

Brunel have recordings of open days available here and you can book onto their next open day (March 19th) here.

Goldsmiths, UoL have their virtual tour here.

Pearson College London regularly hold open days - check here for the Business school and check here for Escape Studios.

University of Greenwich have their next open day on June 25th - book here - and their virtual tours here.

Kingston have their next open day in April - book here.

London South Bank University have their virtual tours here.

Middlesex University London - take a virtual campus tour here and book onto their virtual open campus event on April 28th here.

New College of the Humanities have bookable upcoming open days here - next one is in April.

Point Blank Music School's next open day is on March 19th - book here.

Ravensbourne University London have an open day on March 16th - details here - and their virtual tour is here.

Rose Bruford College list upcoming events here.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama list upcoming events here.

SOAS, UoL have a virtual tour available here. Their next open day is June 11th - book here.

St Mary's next experience day is March 19th - details here.

UEL have their virtual tour here and advertise upcoming events here

University of Westminster have their next open day on March 12th - book here.

UAL have a variety of campus tours in March - view here for all the campuses.

FE & Sixth Form College Events & Tours

Barking & Dagenham College detail upcoming events here. There is an open event at their Rush Green campus on April 23rd and their Barking campus on April 28th.

Barnet & Southgate College detail their upcoming open events and have recordings of past events here.

Capel Manor College detail upcoming open events here.

City & Islington College  will detail open events and have recordings of past 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 have their next open event on March 14th here.

Harrow College - register for future open days here.

Haringey Sixth Form College sign up here for open day information.

Lambeth College will detail upcoming open events here.

New City College's next open event will be available to book here.

Newham College London detail open events here.

Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) detail future open events here.

Richmond Upon Thames College have a virtual tour available here.

South Thames College Group - all events can be found here.

West London College detail all campus open days here - multiple campuses have open days in March.

Westminster Kingsway College will detail any future open events here.
Teacher forum on Edmodo
The London Uni Connect teacher network is for teachers and advisers in London and is free to join and use. It is hosted through Edmodo, an educational community especially designed for teachers.  
It’s quick, simple and free to sign up. You can follow this link to register and request to join the group: 
LMI Snapshot

The London Uni Connect 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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