Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed there was no post last week – this is not because we were sunning ourselves in the south of France (although Andrew did recently visit Disneyland), but due to our jam-packed schedule at the end of this academic year!
Week starting 27th June
The deadline for HEFCE’s NCOP arrived on Friday, and we are happy to announce that our collaborative proposal (with Access HE and Aim Higher London South) has been officially submitted. We will hear if our bid is successful the day before our ten year celebration, so fingers crossed!
While most of our energies were focused on meeting the NCOP deadline, we found time for other sector business too; our Director Sue also attended the final HIVE PED seminar on Wednesday 29th, which was hosted by our partners Kings College London. Emily was also out and about, and attended the Goldsmiths Adviser Conference on July 1st, alongside HE in London’s Camilla
Week starting 4th July
Suspending our disbelief that July is ALREADY here (where did the time go?) we attended a plethora of events – both internal and external.
Our NNCO Steering group early in the week was swiftly followed by our final Board Meeting of the year. Board members discussed partner membership and plans for the future, and were treated to party food and drinks afterwards to celebrate another successful year!
On Monday, Andrew (Deputy Director) attended a joint event held by our colleagues at HESA and Wonkhe entitled ‘building a future for graduate destinations’ . On the same day Sue attended unionlearn’s conference at Congress house – like us unionlearn are now celebrating their tenth anniversary.
Wednesday saw the end of an era as the principal of our partner college City and Islington held a celebration for his retirement. Sue celebrated with Sir Frank McLoughlin, and we wish him, and the college, all the best for the future.
This week has closed with two final events (yes more events! I told you we were busy). Andrew and Sue attended the launch of the latest London Councils report : ‘The HE Journey of Young Londoners’, and Emily was at the London Ambitions event on Friday, which examined different approaches to mapping the curriculum.
On a final note, as predicted, I lost our Euro 2016 sweepstake. Emily (Portugal) defeated Office Manager Stuart (France) to steal his Linking London Champion’s crown! I always prefered tennis anyway…
More updates next week!