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Hundreds of college students given a head start in higher education by LSBU

London South Bank University is offering college students workshops in the vital skills to prepare them for degree study and research
15 December 2014

London South Bank University (LSBU) has developed a unique teaching initiative for ambitious Access students studying the Extended Project module. The Extended Project was introduced in September 2014 and is a compulsory double module on many Access courses, requiring students to choose an area of interest in which to carry out their own research.

The new initiative invites those working on their Extended Project into LSBU for a series of workshops over a course of three days. Led by university academics and current students, the workshops provide practical and interactive exercises which nurture research, analytical and cognitive skills.

So far the course has generated a vast amount of interest with over 200 students signing up to the next programme. Currently the series of workshops are open to students from Croydon College, Morley College, Newham College, Greenwich Community College, City & Islington College and South Thames College.

LSBU Principal Lecturer Louise Andronicou - who developed the programme - said: "I introduced the Extended Project Support Programme because I firmly believe that the Extended Project is an excellent way of preparing students for Higher Education, and it is a university's responsibility to ensure that degree level education is accessible to anyone who has the ability. We have had a fantastic reception since we rolled it out, and we believe other universities will be taking their lead from LSBU."