A message from Sophie Cloutterbuck, Director of London Engagement
London is the greatest city in the world, but while Londoners enjoy some of the highest standards of living anywhere in the world for many others in the capital it is a different story. Through our civic network, we are on a mission to tackle the inequalities facing London, to improve people’s lives and to deliver social justice. Led by Sophie Cloutterbuck, Director of London Engagement, alongside our staff, students and partners, we are bringing our academic expertise to co-design solutions to the social challenges which disproportionately affect the communities that we serve. And we want to work with you.
Our Challenge Champions are on hand to undertake research projects, provide practical support and share their expertise so that together, we can find new and innovative ways to respond to the needs of the city in six crucial areas. We also run pro bono clinics for the local community, more details can be found below.
"The London Met Lab really sets a new high standard for the Civic contribution that higher education providers can make across key areas of the capital...embedding and integrating its civic activity as a core part of the student experience through their empowering London module. I'm particularly interested to see how this approach of getting students to work with London's community organisations on key challenges that their community is facing develops in the future."
Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor of Planning, Regeneration, and Skills
As part of our mission to give back to our city and our community, London Met has several University clinics that are open to the public, offering cost-effective or free services. Find out more below.
London Met Lab
Our researchers have spent years exploring the drivers and impacts of crime, in areas as diverse as knife crime and gang culture, to cybercrime and fraud.
London Met Lab
We want to support communities where people of all backgrounds can thrive, where difference is respected and celebrated.
London Met Lab
We want to work with you on innovative design and research projects to ensure that London becomes carbon neutral, has clean air and is at the forefront of urban greening.
London Met Lab
We want to support the community to help ensure all Londoners get a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life.
Poverty and deprivation
London Met Lab
We want to work with our communities to support people into employment, reduce within-work poverty and improve London’s chronic problems around housing and homelessness.
Featured people and projects
Crime: Meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the academic and professional staff who are championing the Crime Challenge.
Poverty and deprivation: meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Poverty and Deprivation Challenge.
Environment: Meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the academic and professional staff who are championing the Environment Challenge.
Social wealth: meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Social Wealth Challenge.
Discrimination: meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Discrimination Challenge.
Meet our Health Improvement Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Health Improvement Challenge.
Strategy spotlight: the power of local
Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor of London Met, explains why working locally is so important to the University's organisational mission.
London Met's Sophie Cloutterbuck made Chair of London Higher Civic Network
London Higher is the representative body for higher education in London. Its Civic Network highlights the vital role of the capital’s universities in benefitting local communities.
Showcasing the civic university
The London Met Lab was highlighted in the Civic University Network showcase, following recent praise for its 'new high standard' by Deputy Mayor of London, Jules Pipe CBE.
London Met supports Islington Living Wage campaign
The University, which has been committed to paying the London Living Wage since 2014, joins the campaign to make Islington North London’s first Living Wage Borough.
Why student engagement is the key to a civic university
Sophie Cloutterbuck writes for the Civic University Network on the role London Met plays as a civic institution, which also gives students opportunities to become value-driven leaders.
Celebrating the successes of London Met Lab and Centre for Equity & Inclusion
An anniversary event was held to celebrate the first year of the University's major civic engagement initiative, the London Met Lab, and its sector-leading Centre for Equity & Inclusion
Project spotlight: developing a public health framework around youth knife crime
Hackney Council and London Metropolitan University have formed a partnership to offer a range of programmes to improve employment opportunities for students across the borough.
Staff spotlight: Vanessa Airth
London Met's Head of Work-Based Learning, Policy and Practice discusses the determination of students to make positive change, and the importance of value-driven work.
Staff spotlight: Lucy Li
London Met's Civic and Community Engagement Development Officer, Lucy Li, discusses the highlights and importance of the London Met Lab: Empowering London initiative.
Student spotlight: Sancia Williams
Sancia's podcast provides a platform for care leavers and people with care experience to share their stories.
Empowering London: a work-based learning module
Hear from Vanessa Airth, Head of Work-Based Learning at London Met, about opportunities to work with the local community as part of your course.
Level 5 Module - Empowering London: Working within the Community
A new innovative module combining work-based learning and a radical model of critical and transformative citizenship.
Level 6 Module - Empowering London: Working within the Community
This module has been developed to allow you to work intensively with a London community project/organisation in order to identify and address a challenge they face.
Minding the privilege gap
Three of London Met’s senior leaders joined former Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening, on her podcast ‘Fit for Purpose’.
International Women’s Day: interview with community leader Sarah Haid
Sarah discusses her work with the London Met Lab and London Met's students and the women who've inspired her.
We work with over 600 partner organisations, including local authorities, NHS Trusts, sports clubs, third sector organisations, higher education institutions and businesses. These include:
- The Greater London Authority
- Over 20 London Borough Councils including Islington Hackney and Tower Hamlets Council
- The Metropolitan Police
- North East London Social Work Teaching Partnership
- Youth Justice Board
- Small Businesses Charter
- Over 10 local NHS Trusts