Higher Education in London is managed by Linking London with support from two other London Networks, AccessHE and Aimhigher London South. 

Linking London

Linking London is a collaborative partnership of London higher education institutions, colleges and other members (City and Guilds, London Councils Young People Education and Skills team, OCN London, Pearson and unionlearn) who work collaboratively to maximise its contribution to targeted widening participation, student engagement and success, social mobility and in pursuit of improvements in social justice through education. Linking London has been in existence since 2006. The core aims of the partnership is to support recruitment, retention and progression to and through higher education, in all its variety, including full and part-time, higher and degree apprenticeships and work-based learning into employment. 

More information can be seen on their website


Naomi Smith, Graduate Intern Support Officer, Linking London



The AccessHE collaborative outreach network works with 24 HE institutions which are either based within or work in London. This network aims to reconnect local community forums with a particular focus on re-engaging disengaged schools. These local forums include local authorities, higher education providers, schools, colleges and senior staff. AccessHE is committed to producing innovative work which will expand the delivery of outreach by producing subject specific and HE general online courses. A project group of HE providers within AccessHE are developing work which will bring together schools/colleges, local authorities and arts organisations, and broker connections with the intention of expanding the current narrow school-university partnerships within the disciplines of the arts and design.

Aimhigher London South 

Aimhigher London South ensures fair access and supports the progression on to higher education for young people from non-traditional backgrounds. It provides staff and learners with access to a range of key stage appropriate conferences delivered in collaboration with local universities and colleges.

Aimhigher provides discrete activities as well as progressive programmes to target groups of learners who are under-represented in HE, such as disabled students and those in local authority care. We work with these learners and key adults around them to understand the benefits of university and raise awareness of the generic and specific support available to them.