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LSBU takes on new role to widen participation and access to education in London

15 June 2022

We are very proud to say that London South Bank University (LSBU) is taking over from Kingston University as the Lead Provider for the London Uni Connect partnership from the 1st August this year. Uni Connect is national scheme of 29 partnerships, funded by the Office for Students (OfS), in every region of England to increase participation in higher education from underrepresented groups.

The London Uni Connect partnership includes three existing networks – Linking London, Aimhigher London and AccessHE – who work across the capital to widen participation in higher education, giving people new opportunities to learn and develop. That mission is very close to our hearts and it was why we created LSBU Group in 2019.

Our LSBU Group now touches the lives of over 24,000 students a year through education, apprenticeships and training. LSBU Group is made up of: London South Bank University, Lambeth College, South Bank University Academy (11-19 year olds), South Bank UTC (14-19 year olds) and our new £100million London South Bank Technical College which opens this September in Nine Elms.

LSBU will use our role as London Uni Connect Lead Provider to share LSBU Group’s expertise and experiences of widening access and participation in education with universities, schools and colleges across London. We are also determined to use our Lead Provider role to encourage education leaders across London to develop new ideas about how we can widen access and ensure nobody misses opportunities to learn and develop themselves.

LSBU is extremely fortunate to be taking over from Kingston University who have worked tirelessly as Lead Provider for London Uni Connect since its inception. On their watch thousands of Londoners have been given the chance to enter education or training and learn the skills they need for successful careers.