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Lecturers from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have recently begun to collaborate with staff at Birkbeck College, University of London as part of an exciting new scheme that sees us designated a Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) Champion for the London region – one of only nine such organisations in the whole of England.

The KTT Champions scheme, supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and the new Engineering Foundation (NEF) has been established to explore new technologies and industrial innovations in science.

Towards the end of last year, we submitted a successful bid for the prestigious KTT Champion status, and three of the College’s lecturers in Applied Sciences are now carrying out a series of visits to Birkbeck, which will ultimately enrich the studies of our vocational science students and develop stronger progression routes to university for them.

Ann Obatomi, a science Subject Learning Coach at our Enfield Centre has now taken on the personal role of KTT Champion. She has been joined by science teachers Angela Liiv and Minas Mina in taking up a work placement at the Department of Biological Sciences at Birkbeck. The three teachers will visit Birkbeck’s central London site for the fourth and final visit this Friday, 26 February. In the course of their four visits they have been shown the very latest research in Crystallography, Microbiology and MRI Scanning among others. The partnership with Birkbeck will have tangible results for our own learners as the techniques our staff have observed will directly inform their teaching of BTEC National Diploma programmes in Laboratory Techniques, Forensic and Medical Science.

The benefits will spread even further than this, as Sally Emerson, the College’s Head of Transforming learning, explained. “As part of our role as KTT Champions, we are expected to look at what we can learn from our partner organisations in higher education, and share best practice with other colleges,” she said. “I know our staff have found their visits to Birkbeck inspirational, and now they can inspire their learners and their fellow teachers in turn.”

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