London Met Lab: The Social Wealth Challenge
We want to support organisations of all sizes through holistic organisational support to ensure everyone is treated fairly.
We live in the sixth wealthiest economy in the world, and London produces 22% of all Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, we also have a significant problem with inequalities and wealth distribution. In six London boroughs – Islington, Brent, Haringey, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets – over one-third of people live in poverty; with over one quarter living in poverty in a further fourteen boroughs.
London needs to build an inclusive economy to enable everyone to thrive. We want to support organisations of all sizes through holistic organisational support, through strategic initiatives to address the skills gap, and by tackling the issues surrounding fair pay and ethical labour, to ensure everyone is treated fairly. We’d love to hear from you about different projects or community initiatives we can work on with you.
Research and projects
Understanding Brexit from the perspective of London's highly-skilled French migrants
A new study considers how the shock of Brexit exposed but also threatened the previously taken-for-granted privileges enjoyed by this capital-rich migrant population.
Collaboration in Higher Education
An international symposium co-organised by London Met and the University of Calgary highlighted stories of practice, spaces and places for partnership.
Promoting inclusive assessment and teaching globally
A new book edited by Dr Eleni Meletiadou explores how educational institutions are improving the student experience and promoting lifelong learning and social justice in education.
The Vanished East End
The Brady Arts Centre to host exhibition of photography of London's East End in the 1970s and 1980s including work from London Met's East End Archive.
New award winning, open access book from London Met academic
'Revisiting Migrant Networks' which was co-edited by Professor Louise Ryan and awarded the IMISCOE Prize, is available to read and download free of charge.
London Higher launch Pan-London BAME Mentoring Programme with London Met
The programme provides Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic academic and professional services staff across all levels of institutions with mentors outside their institutional hierarchy.
Help to Grow: a new management toolkit
The training programme will help take entrepreneurs and executives working in London's SMEs to the next level.
Recordings available of new public lecture series by leading architects and postgraduate tutors, presented by London Met student society and The Architecture Foundation.
Your People, Your Places, Your Things
The School of Art, Architecture and Design's popular national photography competition for school and college students is set to return.
London Met expert joins Islington Inequality Taskforce
Torange Knonsari, course leader for London Met's Design for Cultural Commons MA, will contribute to the Borough's 'Let’s Talk Islington' initiative.
The value of peer learning
A new report highlights the work of London Met's Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network to facilitate peer learning in London's local authorities.
London Met academic awarded Design for Planet Fellowship
Torange Khonsari is one of nine experts selected by the Design Council in recognition of their track records in making multi-disciplinary, cross-sector and community connections.
London Met ranks ninth for social mobility
New research found the University to be one of the best in England for social mobility.
Help to Grow: a new management toolkit
The training programme will help take entrepreneurs and executives working in London's SMEs to the next level.
London Met to host international conference on governance fraud ethics and women in business
The theme of this year’s conference explore information systems and the experiences of women working in technology and business.
London Met partners with The Big House
This exciting new partnership will see collaborative work on future projects, focusing on themes that affect The Big House members.
Delivering Social Justice: a collaborative strategic approach
Neelam Thapar and Vanessa Airth reflect upon collaboration and collective action across the University and an approach that encourages students through careers education.
East End Archive exhibition
An exhibition of photography of London's East End in the 1970s and 1980s will be held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.
The impact of Covid on student parents
Research by London Met academics Jane Lewis, Heather Allison, Patrick Mulrenan and Helen Redd explores the additional pressures the pandemic is having on students with children.
London Met shortlisted for ‘higher education Oscar’
London Met’s work in the local community has been shortlisted in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) awards, widely known as ‘the Oscars of higher education’.
Economy for Common Good
The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement is running a series of events on research around cultural commons.
London Met shortlisted for prestigious national graduate recruitment award
The University has been included in the ‘Best university employability strategy’ award category.
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.
Deej Fabyc has curated and will be performing in ‘Operation Edna’, a live, multimedia art event exploring shelter and ageing proudly.
Building the case for equitable spaces
London Met's Dr Anna Marazuela Kim joins stalwarts from the world of engineering and design for a Dezeen x Buro Happold virtual event.
Lighting the Creative Spark
London Met's business incubator, Accelerator, has been selected to deliver the British Council's 2021 international enterprise competition to find the best early-stage entrepreneurs.
Supporting inclusive recovery in London
Professor Diana Stirbu has won Transformation funding for a new research and knowledge exchange initiative.
Rebuilding a fairer economy: new partnership to help young people back into work
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.
Social Responsibility and Inclusivity in Leadership Learning, Development and Education
The 11th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference will be held on 13 July by the Guildhall School of Business and Law.
London Met academics present COVID-19 research to Lambeth Council
Researchers from across the University showcased the work they are doing to address the challenges of the pandemic.
Virtual research conferences brings international scholars together
Academics from 16 countries joined the conference to share their expertise on governance, fraud, ethics, as well as women and sustainability in business.
The visual history of London's street signs
A new photography book by London Met's Alistair Hall documents the most beautiful and curious nameplates of the capital.
Has COVID-19 set back diversity and inclusion in the workplace?
Dr Jo Cartwright, lecturer in HR Management, writes that the COVID-19 lockdown exacerbates the juggling act facing working parents and carers, and exposes the undervaluing of care work.
London Met offers support to SMEs recovering from COVID-19
The University's enterprise experts will deliver the Small Business Leadership Programme to support the recovery and growth of small businesses following the pandemic.
London Met Cities Research
Cities champions the rich array of urban research that happens at the School of Art, Architecture and Design.
Design for Cultural Commons - MA
Our Design for Cultural Commons MA course is ideal if you are critical of current inequalities within companies and institutions that shape our lives.
Collaboration between Social Work academics and students to create timely mobile app
The app has been cited as an example of good practice by the Digital Capabilities for Social Work project.
Social work academic co-hosts statement launch for national digital development of social care
The launch is part of the Building a Digital Ready Workforce project.
Making London age-friendly
A conference organised by London Met and Positive Aging in London (PAIL) provided a forum for discussion of issues affecting older Londoners.
Celebrating a 20-year partnership with International Students House
Our partnership has supported 116 London Met students with housing, scholarships, bursaries and cultural opportunities since 1999.
Credit after coronavirus
Dr Nirmala Lee, Associate Professor in Banking and Finance, comments on the likely impacts of COVID-19 on credit lending and availability.
London Met to deliver innovative social integration programme
As a result of a grant from the Greater London Authority, the University will deliver the 2020 Social Integration & Regeneration Learning Network.
London Met awarded government funding to help microbusinesses use tech to grow
London Met is the only London university to receive funding from the Leading to Grow Programme which is supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
London Metropolitan University trains Lewisham residents to boost employment in the area
London Met staff work with Lewisham Homes each year to equip members of the community with skills to improve their employability and to give them a voice in improving housing services.
Senior London Met academic named as one of the world's top CSR Leaders
Dr Samuel O Idowu has been named on the '101 Most Impactful Corporate Social Responsibility Leaders' list.
A double celebration for the Accelerator
Hundreds of stakeholders gathered at the Accelerator to celebrate its 15th anniversary and unveil its newly refurbished ground floor space.
Improving social inclusion for London’s young people
London Met’s Widening Participation team work with young people across London and host a range of taster days to give tomorrow’s leaders a taste of university life.
London Met recognised for business education excellence
The Guildhall School of Business and Law has been awarded the Small Business Charter award, it has been announced today.
Success for Lewisham tenants
London Met works with Lewisham Homes each year to award tenants qualifications to improve their employability.
Accelerator: London Met’s Business Incubator
For 15 years Accelerator has been helping its community of startup companies grow, and supporting London Met’s passionate early-stage entrepreneurs turn ideas into viable ventures.
Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network
The Social Integration & Regeneration Learning Network brings together urban regeneration and social integration professionals, experts and academics to work across London.
Centre for Life Writing and Oral History (CLiOH)
(CLiOH) is an exciting new initiative exploring the many ways in which people are documenting and narrating their lives.
The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement (CREATURE)
CREATURE brings together interdisciplinary research in the creative arts, its practice, cultural impact and societal engagement.
The economic impact of Covid: a bounce back after recession?
Dr Nirmala Lee, Associate Professor in Accounting, Banking and Finance, expects to see an increase in both supply and demand, leading to more jobs becoming available post-pandemic.
Students and the community
Celebrating London Met's Big Ideas
Entrepreneurs and social innovators from across the University were highlighted at the Big Idea Challenge awards ceremony.
Understanding the barriers facing SMEs in gaining larger contracts
Four students and recent graduates are engaging with BAME-owned SMEs to identify opportunities to successfully bid for work on major contracts, as part of a paid internship.
The Irish Writers in London Summer School returns to London Met
Now in its 26th year, the Summer School invites students from all backgrounds to read and discuss contemporary literature with a host of guest writers.
Photography exhibition for Women's History Month 2022 will see work displayed at Aldgate Library and around campus.
The Loop: student voice and co-production in action
London Met's Social Work students and staff have produced their fourth termly edition of The Loop , a publication made entirely in co-production with students.
Showcasing the Fine Art Winter exhibition
First and second year Fine Art BA and Painting BA will present a showcase of their work.
Second year students at the School of Art, Architecture and Design will present their end-of-year fashion show.
Unity and celebration through colour
London Met grad Yinka Illori served as headline speaker for Design London, and transforms the city’s pedestrian crossings for the London Design Festival.
London Design Festival: London Met students and alumni contribute new street sculptures
The ‘designpost’ sculptures aim to capture the spirit of one of the festival’s dedicated design districts.
Students offer free support to small businesses, social enterprises and charities in London
Small businesses, social enterprises and charities can receive bespoke, free support from London Met, with entrepreneurial students offering their skills in a wide range of areas.
Summer in Aldgate exhibition
Art, Architecture and Design students and graduates are creating installations for the community art exhibition.
Start-up success for Accelerator entrepreneurs
Aura Vision, a traffic monitoring and sales support solution for brick-and-mortar stores, is set to sign a multi-million-pound deal.
National Saturday Club’s annual Summer Show
From Saturday 12 June, the public will be able to visit the online exhibition showcasing work created by young members of the National Saturday Club, of which London Met is a part.
Designing a data ingestion pipeline to empower London
Data Analytics MSc students Stephanie Healy Fabrega and Indrajitrakuraj Ravi have been employed on a research project.
A huge congratulations to the winners of the Big Idea Challenge 2021
Read about the innovative ideas which took home the prizes at London Met’s annual enterprise competition.
Student success at Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition
Three enterprise projects from the University have made it to the semi-final of this year’s competition, and are in the running for a £20,000 start-up grant.
London Met supports #GettingResults campaign
The campaign, run by Universities UK, highlights the role that higher education institutions have played during and beyond the pandemic.
London Met joins Tower Hamlets' Cultural Consortium
London Met is one member of the new initiative, which will transform the public spaces of Tower Hamlets through community-led initiatives.
Designing the Cultural Commons
In early May, students and tutors on London Met's Design for the Cultural Commons courses will be delivering a series of exciting workshops at the Design Museum.
Sarah Haid on social enterprise and the women who've inspired her
Sarah discusses her work with the London Met Lab and how London Met's students are giving back to their local communities through her social enterprise, Better Safe Communities.
Designs by London Met Textiles students set to adorn historic Petticoat Lane Market
Designs by London Met Textiles BA students are set to be installed at Petticoat Lane Market, in the form of banners hanging along the lampposts of Wentworth Street and Middlesex Street.
A brighter future for students and graduates
A new partnership between London Met and Bright Network will provide the university’s students and graduates with unique access to employers and opportunities.
The London Met Lab announces new partnership with Living Under One Sun
The two organisations will work together to promote civic engagement and community connection in Tottenham.
Learning across generations
A new partnership between London Met and the Islington U3A (iU3A) will enable retired and semi-retired members of the local community to develop new interests and skills.
Meet the winners of the Big Idea Challenge
Find out about the innovative ideas which took home the prizes at London Met’s annual enterprise competition, and the entrepreneurs behind them.
Two graduates win Student Start-Up of the Year award
Two London Met graduates have been awarded the Student Start-Up of the Year award thanks to their hard work and perseverance as part of the Accelerator’s Launchpad programme.
Experienced professionals mentor students
Each academic year, students have the chance to be matched with experienced professionals from a variety of sectors, becoming their mentor.
Students' business idea wins silver in national competition
The winners of the 2018 Big Idea Challenge creative category win silver in Ecotrophelia UK.
Young entrepreneurs celebrated at Big Idea Challenge awards
Budding entrepreneurs from across London have been taking part in the annual Big Idea Challenge, one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial competitions for young people.
Spotlight Interview with Dr Mabel Encinas
Our London Met Lab Staff Spotlight is on Dr Mabel Encinas, who is a senior lecturer in early years and education. Mabel is passionate about equality, diversity, and social inclusion.
3 questions with our Challenge Champion
Professor Diana Stirbu, specialist in policy and governance and lead of the Social Integration and Regeneration Learning Network, explains her work and the challenges London faces.
Social wealth: meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the staff who are championing the Social Wealth Challenge.
Reach out to discuss partnering with us to tackle the challenges facing our city and communities. Please include the name of your organisation, explain the challenges you face and any thoughts you have about how we can work together.