THE WEEK OF MOVING AND NEW MEMBERS

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Last week was moving week for Linking London! We boxed up all our resources and headed over to Tavistock Square, where we now reside on the 4th floor of the BMA (100 stairs up – I counted when the lift broke). We are now firmly settled in, and have a lovely view from our window, as you can see in the photo below.

Our New Office View

Our New Office View

In more good news this week our Director Sue welcomed Brunel University into the partnership. We now have a grand total of 42 members as we approach a decade of successful partnership this September.

Planning for our 10 year anniversary celebration is going full steam ahead; the RSVP’s are filling our inboxes, and both the evening entertainment and anniversary brochure are very nearly finalised.  Senate House here we come!

Even with moving office to contend with, we still found time for plenty of partnership work. As well as our monthly team meeting, planning is very much underway for events for the forthcoming academic year.  Deputy Director Andrew and I have been busy, both updating old resources, and creating new ones, to share with the partners upon completion. These include an Adviser Guide, an Access Guide to Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health, and an ICT guide for advisers.

Our NNCO Project Officer Emily is very pleased to announce the new date for the postponed NNCO Conference – the event will now be held on Monday the 17th October, and more details will follow shortly on the website.  In the meantime, as well as orchestrating the timetable for the forthcoming conference, Emily is planning a subject specific ICT event for the autumn term. Work continues on our HECAIL website, and we hope to populate it with many more resources over the summer months. We are particularly proud of our interactive map, which marks all providers of HE in the London area, and allows users to filter the map view by course, subject, and location.

On a final note, our office manager Stuart is on holiday this week, hoping to spend some quality time with his cat Maude! While he enjoys the (mostly) sunny weather I shall be manning the fort, and responding to all your enquiries.

That’s all the Linking London news for now, more next Monday from me and the team.

THE LAST WEEK AT EGMONT HOUSE

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This week is the last we will be spending in Egmont House – the end of an era. Several rather large crates have appeared in the office, ready to transport our resources (and all important coffee stash) over to our new home in Tavistock Square.

Our NNCO evaluation has been completed and submitted to our external evaluators – London Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University.  Emily, our NNCO officer, has been planning events for the autumn term alongside our Deputy Director Andrew, including more of the popular subject specific events. An end of project NNCO event will be held this December to celebrate its success.

I have been sending out multitudes of invitations to our partners and colleagues for the upcoming 10 year Linking London anniversary at Senate House! The RSVPs are rolling in, and the event is now only 2 months away (September 15th).

ANNIVERSARY INVITE

ANNIVERSARY INVITE

I have also been getting to grips with our EMSI Labour Market Information ‘Analyst’ tool. Our board requested a list of sample questions to illustrate how the data can be utilised, which I hope to have ready for partners shortly. In future we hope partners will pose questions for us to answer through the use of this detailed software.

Andrew has been continuing work on his Nursing, Midwifery& Allied Health Professions guide, and would like to thank Greenwich and Middlesex universities for their supporting comments for the publication.

HECAIL continues to be populated by us all, and we hope to publish a plethora of new content on the site shortly, included pieces on MOOCS, LMI, HE in FE, and Sandwich Degrees.

On a final note we are all incredibly jealous of our Director Sue this week, who has sent us these pictures of her Ireland holiday.

SUE'S IRELAND HOLIDAY

SUE’S IRELAND HOLIDAY

SUE'S IRELAND HOLIDAY

SUE’S IRELAND HOLIDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for this week; the next blog post will be from our new Tavistock Square offices.

THE RATHER BUSY FORTNIGHT

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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

GOLDSMITHS

Goldsmiths

GOLDSMITHS

Goldsmiths

HIVE PED

HIVE PED

HIVE PED

HIVE PED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

UNIONLEARN

unionlearn

 

unionlearn

unionlearn

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.

London Councils

London Councils

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!