New project strengthens ties with community

London Met is reaching out to colleges in the local community as part of a new widening participation project.

Date: 14/06/2012

London Met is reaching out to colleges in the local community as part of a new widening participation project. 

Further education institutions from across London have come forward to work with the University after the Widening Participation team invited them to become partners. 

The project aims to inspire local learners to progress into Higher Education and to develop their skills and learning opportunities.  

Sophie Cloutterbuck, Schools and Colleges Partnership Manager at London Met, is running the initiative. She said: “Within hours of inviting colleges to work with us we had a lot of interest, and currently 11 have signed up.

“I’m really looking forward to strengthening our partnerships within the local community.”

The initiative offers the colleges a range of services provided by the University, such as up to 60 hours of free mentoring and visits from ‘student ambassadors’ who act as role models and help motivate pupils. 

London Met will also host conferences to introduce Year 12 or first year college students to university life. 

The partnership project encompasses London Met’s ethos of making education available to all, something the institution has been achieving since 1848.

Hopefully, through this community focused work, more young people will be inspired to pursue Higher Education, and all the success it can bring. 

For more information, contact Sophie Cloutterbuck: s.cloutterbuck@londonmet.ac.uk