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Event Report - Linking London Friday News Round (January)

Our monthly round up of what's been going on, as well as a look ahead to what’s coming up helps our partners keep tabs on all the key things that are going on in the world of education.

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Our ever-popular Friday News Round – updating partners on recent developments in the education sector – started with a brief cover of key news headlines, including the debates surrounding the increased levels of student absences.

We then discussed recent apprenticeship-related data and reports, as well as the various definitions of “educational gain” found in providers’ TEF submissions.

We also touched on the access of international students to English HEIs, perceptions of higher education among white working-class students, and the importance of sleep for student success.

Finally, we covered OfS and UCAS updates, the worrying state of HE finances, and the controversies over franchise HE provision.

Feedback from attendees at our News Round events has been really positive:

“Great digest of what is happening in the world of education.” University colleague

“It allowed me to acquire lots of relevant information in a short time.” College colleague

“Very useful overview of all the latest reports and initiatives in HE.” College colleague


The next Friday News Round will take place on February 23. You can book your place here.

Slides and recording

To view the slides and the recording from the day please click here. This link will take you to the SharePoint Partner Area. You must be a Linking London member to access this website, if you do not have access or have any issues logging in, please email

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