May Edition

Welcome to the May 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. 
Key Outreach Hub Info

BTEC Support Package
Our package of support for Level 3 BTEC students went out last week and included the below videos. Please do share with students and colleagues and if you have any feedback please do complete the feedback form here.

Deciding on the right course - University of Greenwich
Choosing a university & course - University of Westminster
Narrowing down your course options: Business - University of Westminster
Narrowing down your course options: Creative Arts (university graduate perspective) - UAL
Starting your personal statement (university student perspective) - UAL
Getting started on your personal statement - St Mary's University
Studying a healthcare course at university as a BTEC student - Kingston University

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:
UCAS Key Dates for the 2022 Application Cycle

4 May – search tool will display 2022 undergraduate courses.

11 May – adviser portal will be available for you to set up and start managing 2022 applications.

 18 May – students will be able to start an application for courses starting in 2022.

 7 September – completed applications can be sent to UCAS.

The UCAS 2022 adviser cycle toolkit can be found here

UCAS are running a 2021 grades and results webinar on the 4th May, register here and a student discovery day on the 5th May here
T Level Resources


Linking London Outreach Hub T Level Guides for HE Admissions Teams: 

Education & Childcare

Amazing Apprenticeships & the Education Skills Funding Agency Resources:
T Levels: resources webinar - 5th May
- Join this webinar to hear from the Amazing Apprenticeships team and T Levels team about the new resources (below) and how they can be best used in schools and colleges to introduce and share information about T Levels with your students, staff, parents and governors. 

T Level staff digital toolkit
T Level activity pack for students 
T Level staff room posters 
T Level summer plan
 - includes activity suggestions for students, staff, governors and parents to explore T Levels during the summer term of 2021

Student Competitions 
The Secret Story Draw

New competition to increase representation in animation - the scheme is dedicated to placing creatives of colour into some of the country’s best animation studios and is open to illustrators and animators from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

For further information and to apply click here

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 

Goldsmiths, University of London 
Young Writer Competition
Become the next Young Writer (a short story writing competition for creative writers), Young Columnist (for journalists with a historical angle), or Young Anthropologist (for writing about identity and culture)

Click here for further information on how to apply
HEI Virtual Events & Tours 

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

Brunel University London will detail next open day details here

Goldsmiths, UoL - register for their virtual open day on the 26th June here 

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

London Institute of Banking & Finance have a virtual drop in session on May 4th

London Metropolitan University will detail open events here

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

Kingston University London - sign up for their virtual open day on June 16th here

Middlesex University London - sign up for their next open event on the 12th June here

New College of the Humanities are running a virtual open day on the 10th July 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 26th May here

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama are holding a virtual information session on the 4th May 

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

St Mary's University, 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 12th June

University of West London are running a virtual open day on May 26th

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

Rose Bruford College are running virtual campus tours on the  4th May & 8th June

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 virtual open event on May 13th

Barnet & Southgate College detail their  open events here

Capel Manor College are running an open day on  the 26th June

City & Islington College  will detail 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 are holding a university finance session for parents/carers here

Harrow College register for future open days here

Haringey Sixth Form College sign up here for open day information

Lambeth College have an open event on May 10th 

Morley College are holding in person events for their HE offer and Access to HE courses on May 20th 

New City College  all recordings of past events can be viewed here

Newham College London have open events on the 12th May and 24th June here

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

Richmond Upon Thames College have an open event on the 22nd June

South Thames College Group - All events can be found here - Kingston College have a virtual open day on May 22nd

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 throughout the summer here

Westminster Kingsway College will detail any future open events here
HEI Sessions for Students

Goldsmiths are running the following sessions for mature learners, BTEC students or those on an Access course:

Supporting your studies - 26th May
Supporting your future - 23rd June
Supporting your wellbeing - 7th July

Goldsmiths are also running taster days through June and July, view them here

Brunel University London are launching GetUReady student support sessions: 
Study skills session: writing a first-year essay - 4th May
STEM skills session: essential maths skills for your degree - 4th May
Study skills and careers in Health 
Study skills and careers in Digital 
Study skills and careers in Engineering

Brunel have also released lots of downloadable subject introductions for students 

Greenwich are running a student finance explained webinar, focusing on bursaries and scholarships, sign up here, and a series of twilight lectures in May which can be viewed and booked here

Middlesex have the following webinars as part of their live lecture hall series:
The endangering cost of development - 30th April
The life of a design engineer - 30th April 
The art of music management - 30th April

GoingToUni has been launched by City, University of London, offering a range of different resources to help support students in their journey to HE

University of the Arts London insights summer school applications are now open, sign up here 

University of the Arts London are also running an event on the 12th May, covering how students can best research creative courses at universities online, register for the event here

University of West London are running many workshops and webinars in May: 
An introduction to UG student finance - 5th May
Making the most of an UG open day - 7th May
2 from 5: How to make your firm and insurance choice - 10th May
Making the most from quarantine in your personal statement - 12th May
Why students choose UWL - 14th May

London South Bank University upcoming student events:
Tourism and Hospitality Management - 10th May
Student talk - Mental Health Awareness Week - 13th May

SOAS are holding online masterclasses on the following topics:
East Asian Languages and Cultures  - 6th May
Politics - 6th May

St Mary's University Twickenham are offering a  taster academic session on acting/tech theatre on the 12th May, sign up here

University of Westminster are launching "Westminster Wednesdays" which has events up to 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

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

The London Careers Festival runs from the 28th June to the 2nd July. The event will include 40+ skills and employer webinars, visit here for more information 

Insight into University is an online course designed to enable students to experience STEM at university and the career opportunities it can lead to, sign up here

Pure Potential offers students subject specific personal statement examples, view the library here

Student Stream brings together useful video content for students, featuring advice, help and expert knowledge from universities and colleges across the UK, search the catalogue here

Pearson College London are running The Enterprise Festival for students interested in pursuing a career in Business 

Disability Rights UK have released their Get Ahead Newsletter, co-edited with and for young people to help disabled students find information and resources on post-16 education, training and work 

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. Past webinars can also be found there.
Amazing Apprenticeships & Not Going to Uni have teamed up to launch a parents and carers podcast to help them in providing career advice

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

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 
Work Experience 

Springpod have opened applications for virtual work experience opportunities in Marketing and Psychology, Engineering, Dentistry - deadline 24th May 

Linklaters have launched a self paced virtual work experience for students to help them explore the world of commercial law, more information here

EY are running a Smart Futures programme - a 10 month paid programme with work experience during school breaks, more information here

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

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

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
Apprenticeship Resources

Virgin Media have online insight days into their apprenticeship opportunities here - next one is May 6th 

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

BT - Digital, Customer Service, and Engineering

IBM - Digital, Technology and Business Management


All About Apprenticeships
have released their Parents & Carers Pack which includes the latest apprenticeship information & advice for parents, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service

Staff Events & CPD
Join the ESFA traineeships team on May 11th to hear the latest news and information about traineeships. This webinar is designed for teachers, careers professionals and anyone else with an interest in supporting more young people to access traineeships, sign up here

Save the date for the HE student support seminar on the 8/9 September, where Higher Education Providers (HEPs) and the Student Loans Company (SLC) can come together to share insight and knowledge of the student finance system and how it interacts with the student experience of education. Further details will be released in July

Amazing Apprenticeships have shared their Teacher & Career Adviser Webinar recordings from last summer here and their ASK programme has been launched to help students in preparing for the transition to their next phase of employment, training or education. Colleges can request support from the team 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 May

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. Do drop us an email if you've got any feedback for us.
The Linking London NCOP Outreach Hub Team

Jess Brown 

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Melanie Green
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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