Learners at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London were encouraged to progress from their studies to university at a Higher Education Fair held this month at the College's Tottenham centre.

The HE Fair was attended by more than twenty universities, including top institutions like The University of Cambridge. Many hundreds of the College's learners, from the Enfield and Tottenham centres benefited from the information and encouragement each university’s adviser shared.

University representatives – and those from other relevant organisations – were busy all day offering advice and guidance and distributing their prospectuses and other publications. The HE Fair is just one of the activities of the College's Career's Service, which helps learners find employment or further study after their College courses.

Speaking from the packed Main Hall at the College's Tottenham Centre, Renu Arrowsmith of the College's Career's Service said: “The ethos of achievement and aspiration that runs through everything here at the College means that our learners are really aiming high. They know that they can go on from our courses to study at any one of the top universities. Last year, over 600 of our learners went on to higher education – more than in any previous year, and we want to see that figure rise.”

Natalie Phillips, who advises learners at the College’s Enfield Careers Centre, added: ”If any learner, whatever their circumstances, aspires to university, we can make sure they get all the help and guidance they need to get there. That starts with events like this, and we see the whole process through, from help with filling in UCAS application forms through to attending university Open Days and interview preparation.”

Last year, College learners went on to universities such as King’s College London, Queen Mary University and City University, to study for degrees in subjects as diverse as Aerospace Engineering and Social Work. The College has a particularly good reputation for preparing learners for computing degrees, with many going on to study at King’s College.

Jane O'Neill, the College's Vice Principal for Curriculum and Learner Experience, said: “Further education is becoming an important route to higher education for many people, and we are proud to be leading the way through the excellent work of our Careers Service. We have also worked hard to establish partnerships with top universities such as Birkbeck, Middlesex and Christ Church Canterbury. That means that our learners have fantastic opportunities for progression and that we are the obvious first choice for learners who aim to go on from a top rated College to a top university.”

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