As I write this the votes have been counted and the internet is abuzz with reactions to the EU Referendum. Now that the UK’s exit from the EU is inevitable, the Education Sector has to ask itself: where do we go from here?

The result may not be what London voted for, but the capital has been outvoted by its country. Linking London has collated the reactions of partner institutions, the educational press, and other significant sector institutions, so that readers can follow the ongoing HE and FE discussion, as we all forge a path forward in the wake of the result.

University Responses:

The Russell Group


King’s College London

Birkbeck University of London

Central School of Speech and Drama



Media Responses

Wonkhe – live blog

Wonkhe – The morning after the referendum the night before

THE – Brexit vote sparks huge uncertainty for UK universities

The Telegraph – EU referendum: How the results compare to the UK’s educated, old and immigrant populations

The Independent – EU referendum: Half of top UK graduate employers will cut recruitment in case of Brexit result

The Independent – Academics fear new Brexit – a brain exit – after referendum vote

Moving On Magazine – With the UK having voted to leave the EU, how will Brexit affect apprenticeships?

TES – Don’t let Brexit delay the apprenticeship levy, warns the AELP

FE News – How will Brexit affect the FE sector?


Organisation Responses

Universities UK statement on the outcome of the EU referendum

NUS responds to EU Referendum result

AoC response to EU referendum result


Hello readers!

Apparently this week marks the start of the British Summer, but nobody appears to have notified the weather of this. Hopefully the past week has been a productive one for you, and you haven’t spent it hunched beneath your brollies!

Last Tuesday was our final HE in FE Practitioner Group Meeting of the year, and boasted a rather full agenda! For many months our partners have requested a presentation on Consumer Law within the Education sector, particularly in reference to the latest CMA publication. In our last session of the term we hosted Eversheds International Law Firm, who gave an informative and enlightening presentation on the legal matters at hand for the FE sector.  We also had presentations from our colleagues at HEFCE, and the AoC, and we provided an update on our HE in FE mapping project.

Sue (our Director) and Andrew (our Deputy Director) visited Haringey Sixth Form College, who, we are very pleased to announce, have asked to join our network. Sue also met with Yolande Burgess to discuss the past successful year of engagement with London Councils, and how to build upon this promising relationship in the following year.

Our work with HE in London continues, with last week featuring operational and management meetings, attended by both Sue and Emily (Linking London NNCO Officer). Although the funding for this finishes this year, we were keen to discuss ways of sustaining the successful project.

The NCOP Proposal deadline grows nearer by the day, and our bid writing group continue to hone our London Networks bid, ready for the 1st of July. Our summarised proposal and letters of support were sent to partners last Thursday.

On a final note, our Twitter following has officially doubled since the new year – thank you to all who follow us for daily news and updates. You will be pleased to hear baked goods were eaten in celebration.

Please subscribe to this blog by clicking ‘follow’ to receive email updates, and more news from the network will be posted next Monday. Have a great week!


Hello followers!

We hope your first week back after Half Term has gone smoothly, and that you have been enjoying the brief moments of sunshine among the storms! This week our NNCO Officer Emily joined HE in London’s Dr Camilla Mount at the UCAS Adviser Conference ‘Inspiring Choices and Progression to HE’.

Camilla at the UCAS conference

Camilla at the UCAS conference

The event was well attended, and issues raised included the decoupling of A Levels , and the  increase in FE-HE transition activity.  They gleaned some useful facts and figures on Apprenticeships too:


  • 27,000 Apprenticeships are advertised daily
  • 500,000 learners began studying for an Apprenticeship in 2013-2014
  • The average wage for a professional level Apprentice is £257 a week

On Thursday Andrew (Deputy Director) chaired our final IAG practitioner group meeting of the academic year, with presentations from London South Bank University, Prospects, and the Student Loans Company. Delegates discussed current outreach projects and examples of best practice.



Director Sue attended the Strategic Planning Group for the HIVE-PED series on vocational pedagogy this Friday, which was run by our partners the University of Greenwich.  She has also been busy working on the London NCOP bid, which is due on Friday 1st July!



Emily is preparing for Linking London’s NNCO Conference, and hopes you will join us for this free event on the 23rd June at Birkbeck University, aimed at London practitioners who aid learners in their progression to HE.

On a final note, our team are participating in an office sweepstake for the European Football Championship – I don’t hold out much hope, having selected Croatia, Hungary and Italy. Andrew, who picked Germany, is feeling rather more confident.

That’s all for this week, click follow for email blog updates!



Welcome to the brand new Linking London blog; we are finally fully embracing the digital age and expanding our online presence. My name is Hannah, and I am the Support Officer for Linking London’s collaborative partnership. Each week on a Monday morning I will give you a peak into the heart of our organisation, allowing you to get to know who we are, and what we do, a little better.

So who are Linking London? We are a partnership of 40 educational organisations who work collaboratively to widen participation, increase social mobility, and improve social justice in education. The core aims of our partnership are to support recruitment, retention and progression to and through HE.

What do we do? We support staff in Higher and Further Education by holding staff development events, providing IAG support to partners, enhancing the relationship between HE and FE, commissioning and collecting data research, and providing information on qualification change and reform. Through events, research and resources, we aim to make the lives of our partners, and thus the lives of their students, a little easier. See below for photographs of some this year’s events:

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This week, in spite of it being half term, we have been busy in the Linking London office, working hard sustained by rather a lot of caffeine. You will have all heard about HEFCE’s new national collaborative outreach programme (NCOP), and I can confirm we have started work on a proposal, alongside our neighbour networks AccessHE and Aim Higher London South. Our Director Sue is working to secure vital learner data for the partnership – information which will aid us in supporting learner progression and student retention.

Emily (NNCO Officer) and Andrew (Deputy Director) met with partners OCN London, to discuss how Linking London can develop support and resources for vocational level 2 learners, and preparations are well under way for our NNCO conference on the 23rd June.

On a final note, as a decade of Linking London fast approaches (what a milestone) we can announce that we are moving! Never fear – we will remain in central London to support all our partner institutions; we are hoping to move just around the corner to Tavistock Square!

Next week I will report on our latest IAG Practitioner Group Meeting, along with any other office news. Please click follow to stay in the loop on all things Linking London – have a fantastic week.