London Met and United Colleges Group agree groundbreaking partnership

Twenty institutions have signed up to the London Met’s Partners in Education scheme, which was launched in June 2019.

Date: 13 January 2020

United Colleges Group (UCG), which comprises City of Westminster College and the College of North West London, has become the latest organisation to join London Metropolitan University’s ‘Partners in Education’ scheme.

The partnership means that UCG students will be given special consideration when applying for specific degree courses at London Met. The University will also also provide extra support for students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds, making it easier for them to transition into higher education. Staff at Partner colleges are also offered specialist advice and curriculum consultations from London Met academics to help develop new qualifications within the colleges and schools.

Twenty colleges and schools throughout London have signed up to the scheme since its launch in June 2019, providing more young Londoners than ever the chance to transform their lives by progressing into higher education, especially those from underrepresented groups in higher education.

Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, said: "Too many bright, talented and ambitious young people fail to progress to higher education which is not only a huge loss for them and their families but also for their communities, London and the country as a whole.

“The colleges and schools who have joined the partnership share our commitment to opening up access to education and have an inclusive and diverse student population that mirrors our own. We hope partnership agreements like this will empower many more students to continue to transform their lives through education."

James Wilson, Vice Principal at United Colleges Group, said: “This partnership is an excellent example of Higher Education and Further Education making the decision to collaborate, and I am delighted at the benefits students, staff and both organisations will realise from us working together. 

“The Big Idea Challenge will be the start, but the range and breadth of support demonstrates the commitment London Met has for our diverse student group and we look forward to the exciting future prospects which await.”

Lynn Dobbs and James Wilson stand for a photo behind a United Colleges Group banner.