London Met shortlisted for Guardian Higher Education Award

University recognised for its innovative work with young people in Islington.

London Met has been shortlisted for a prize in the 2015 Guardian Higher Education Awards.

The University was selected for the Student Diversity and Widening Participation award in recognition of the Upward Bound programme, which works with GCSE pupils in Islington to help them improve their grades and develop an interest in going to university. Working with Islington Borough Council, the project has proven extremely successful, with Upward Bound pupils earning grades well above both the borough and national averages.

Sophie Cloutterbuck, Head of Schools, Colleges and Widening Participation at London Met, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for a Guardian Higher Education Award. I really have to give credit to the fantastic commitment and dedication of the whole Upward Bound team, some of whom work full time jobs and still come in on weekends to deliver Upward Bound.

“We know the programme works and that we are making a real difference to young people in Islington. That in itself is very rewarding, so to be recognised by The Guardian too is fantastic.”

The team will find out if they’ve won at the Guardian Higher Education Awards ceremony on 18 March.