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
Supporting inclusive recovery in London
Professor Diana Stirbu has won Transformation funding for a new research and knowledge exchange initiative.
Exploring migrants' experiences of ageing
A new research paper from London Met and the University of Sheffield looks into the challenges that migrants face with regard to ageing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Empowering the next generation of compliance talent
London Met lecturer Mario Menz spoke at the International Compliance Association's recent Festival, advising on how to build and support teams and empower those new to the profession.
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.
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.
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.
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 Met experts explore the challenge of gender in the translation classroom
Two London Met translation experts have released new academic work which investigates how to better embed gender equality into translation studies and translator training programmes.
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.
Dr Sam Idowu announced as Editor-In-Chief for leading academic research publication
Published by Springer Palgrave Macmillan, the six-volume encyclopaedia will bring together leading global academic research addressing Sustainable Management.
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.
Bank lending: Principles and practice
A new book written by Dr Nirmala Lee, Associate Professor of Banking and Finance, will discuss the challenges and future of bank lending.
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.
Students and the community
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.
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.
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.
Students invited to make a difference
Speakers from local government, voluntary organisations and employers came to London Met to discuss how we can tackle poverty and inequality locally.
Project led by London Met alumna wins RIBA Stirling Award
Annalie Riches, who studied on the RIBA Part 2 and Part 3 at The Cass, and practice partner David Mikhail claim RIBA's building of the year award for the Goldsmith Street project.
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.
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.