Chair of the Office for Students visits London Met

University welcomed Sir Michael Barber to its Holloway campus.

Date: 29 January 2018

On Thursday 25 January, London Met was honoured to receive a visit from the Chair of the newly-formed regulator for the Higher Education sector, the Office for Students (OfS). Sir Michael Barber has pledged to visit universities across the country as part of his new role and we were delighted to be one of the first on his list.

London Met’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Raftery, along with Georgia Robinson of the Students’ Union, gave Sir Michael a whistle-stop tour of the Holloway campus and then introduced him to a small group of staff and students.

Professor Raftery, together with Pro Vice-Chancellor Liz Charman, gave a presentation that informed Sir Michael about who are students are, the University’s recent successes on graduate employment (highlighting the increase of 26% in the number of London Met graduates that go into highly skilled jobs) and improved NSS scores. The presentation went on to discuss activities in place throughout the University to tackle two important challenges: student retention and good degree attainment.

After the visit, one of the invited students, Grace Wild, who is in her second year of Chemistry BSc told the Vice-Chancellor: "It was very interesting to learn about both the changes that have been made under your leadership, and the changes still to come."

Sir Michael Barber tweeted: 'Thanks to everyone at London Met University - great to see the powerful drive to enable students to achieve learning and employment outcomes.'

The Office for Students is the independent regulator of higher education in England. Fully operational from April 2018, it aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of Higher Education that enriches their lives and careers. Its work covers all students whether undergraduate or postgraduate, home or international, young or mature, full-time or part-time, studying on a campus or by distance learning.

Photo – Left to Right:
Mohamed Mohamed (Student), Mark Boansi (Students’ Union), Georgia Robinson (Students’ Union), Sir Michael Barber, Professor John Raftery, Florence Onwumere (Students’ Union), Sarai Bibby (Student), Joanne Soldano (Student), Mark Anderson (Chair of London Met Board of Governors), Grace Wild (Student)