Andy Ginn, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor at CU London, said:
We are committed to helping those in our community who have so much potential but are facing barriers accessing higher education. It is crucial that we cast our net wide with these initiatives, so we can help as many people as possible in as many ways we can.
We are building great links with colleges, schools and communities in Barking and Dagenham all of the time and we hope this will only strengthen our commitment to playing our part in the shared vision of access for all to the best opportunities around.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader Elect of Barking and Dagenham Council said:
CU London has not only brought in high quality, low-cost education which a number of our residents are already a part of, it is also providing jobs for local people and a focus for members of the community.
This is a welcome announcement and further example of the role CU London is playing in helping to fulfil the aspirations of our residents, both young and old.
Another initiative is the CU London Teaching awards, where participating schools or colleges nominate a teacher or teaching team to be rewarded for best practice in closing the achievement gap, with £20,000 set aside for donations towards resources to show our appreciation of teachers’ work, and to reward and reinforce their initiatives.
The CU London Student Awards will follow a similar path but for students, while £9,000 will be put aside for supervised IT sessions for pupils to access software programmes that open up the opportunities across all universities to be brought in at schools in the area.
For more information about the funding on offer, please contact Erik Stein, Head of Participation, Opportunity and Wellbeing at Barking and Dagenham Council on email@example.com.