With a week to go to the London local elections, London Higher – the representative body for over 40 universities and higher education colleges in the capital – is today launching a new #LondonIsLocal campaign to remind candidates of the valuable assets they have on their doorsteps in the form of the city’s higher education institutions to transform the lives of local Londoners and their communities.
Having been recently lauded as major engines of social mobility, London’s universities received praise from the Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, who acknowledged how instrumental London universities continue to be in widening participation in higher education to the most disadvantaged in society.
The London Higher Civic Map, published in its first iteration just before Christmas, also shows the various ways in which London’s universities and colleges are working beyond the campus for the benefit of local Londoners.
To kickstart the #LondonIsLocal campaign, the membership body has launched a London local elections manifesto, outlining the contribution that its members make to the city through skills, enterprise and research. It will also be showcasing the many ways in which London’s universities are transforming London’s local communities throughout the week on social media.
Dr Diana Beech, Chief Executive of London Higher, said;
“With their clear commitment to transforming the lives of those around them, London’s higher education institutions play a vital role in shaping the recovery and prosperity of London’s boroughs. Our members stand ready to work with London’s new councillors and borough mayors on the capital’s ongoing recovery effort.
At London Higher, we are keen to show London’s new policymakers the power of partnership with London’s higher education sector and have published today’s position paper to show the various ways in which the capital’s universities and colleges can help them to transform London localities and make a positive difference to the lives of local Londoners.”