Aspiration, opportunity and inclusion
Aspiration, opportunity and inclusion

Levelling the playing field at London South Bank University

22 Apr 2019

London South Bank University (LSBU) has a highly diverse student body and one of the lowest entry tariffs in the country. In 2016/17, 51% of LSBU students identified as BME, 56% came from deprived neighbourhoods and 79% were mature students. Despite this, the university is joint 11th in the UK for starting salaries and in the top four for graduate outcomes. It has also been named University of the Year for Graduate Employment for an unprecedented two consecutive years by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. 

LSBU attributes this to its Educational Framework, which is made up of four elements: providing knowledge; creating opportunities to apply that knowledge; generating the confidence to apply it through engagement in extracurricular activity; and ensuring the knowledge is current to the professional environment into which the learners progress through links to industry and the professions.

More than half of its courses have professional accreditation in addition to their academic status and LSBU has also committed to offering a placement, internship or another professional opportunity to each student during their studies.

All of LSBU’s academic Schools provide numerous opportunities to engage in practical application of the knowledge they teach, such as: the LSBU Legal Advice Clinic and the Business Solutions Centre, which provide students the opportunity to advise local residents and businesses on a drop in basis under the supervision of qualified academics.

Finally, we also provide employment support, guiding students through the process of securing employment – even after they’ve graduated. This includes a Graduate Internship Programme and our own employment agency, Elephant Works, which provides an opportunity for students to experience employability from day one of their student journey.