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Building support for our mission

Influencing higher education and skills policy

Middlesex University engages and builds relationships with political stakeholders at local, London, national and international levels. We play an active role in policy debates on higher education and skills lending our expertise and experience to the policy-making process. In this way we are successfully influencing and helping to shape policy debate on the issues that matter to us and our students in a challenging external environment.

Increasing community engagement

We are working to be part of the solution to the challenge of improving social mobility and productivity. We encourage staff and students to volunteer and contribute their expertise into the wider community at all our locations.

Middlesex University plays a crucial role in Barnet, one of London’s most diverse boroughs. From students volunteering for local causes, its community events like the STEM and Literary Festivals, and the University’s work to raise attainment and aspiration in local schools, it is clear that Middlesex lives and breathes diversity. We are delighted to see the University is now harnessing diversity as a strength through shaping new and innovative ways of learning, creating a vibrant student experience and working within our community to show how diversity can make a difference to local people and businesses.

Richard Cornelius, Leader, London Borough of Barnet, 2011 – 2019

Strategic Aim 6, outlined by Professor Tim Blackman (Vice-Chancellor 2015-2019)

Building Support for our Mission is Strategic Aim 6 in the University’s Strategy. It is all about furthering our mission through corporate, policy and community engagement, building support for the University and setting agendas in tertiary education and skills.

In a video for staff, 2015 – 2019 Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Blackman discusses how MDX is successfully influencing and helping to shape policy debate on the issues that matter to the University in a challenging and uncertain external environment. He explores how as a University we are preparing for the impact of potential changes in policy.

From Apprenticeships to the Augar review, the Teaching Excellence Framework, Brexit and more, Professor Blackman talks about the wide range of issues at play currently on the external landscape, and the impact Middlesex is having in these important policy areas.

Strategy in action

Working together to improve local lives

As part of our mission to engage with the wider community, we’re proud that our students are helping to improve local lives

Every first Saturday of the month, student volunteers gather together to welcome local underprivileged people onto the campus for a few hours of respite from their worries. Established by our Students’ Union in 2016, the MDX Home Community Kitchen serves up hot meals and provides a friendly space for homeless people and those on low incomes to relax in. Volunteer Nursing students and doctors are on hand to provide medical aid, alongside mental health nurses and psychologists. Our Law students help advise on legal matters and assist with form filling. As part of this well-received community initiative, a clothes bank is now a permanent fixture on our campus.

Also making a difference to local lives are some of our Fashion Textile students who offered a Knit and Natter group a temporary home in their department while the Hendon Library was closed for refurbishment.

Set up by Age UK, the group is run by Mill Hill resident Jackie Lai, "I love knitting and if the group isn’t on for any reason, I’m lost," she says. "There are so many lonely people out there and something like this can be a lifeline”.

In return, the women are sharing tips on knitting and crocheting with the Fashion Textiles students.

Stepping up in a crisis

Inspiring students to volunteer is key to our Strategy, but we can proudly say that they don’t need much encouragement

Our students are proud to be part of the London community and are consistently passionate about helping those in need. So when a devastating fire engulfed Grenfell Tower in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea they wanted to help and quickly.

As soon as the tragic news broke, our students rallied around to organise an emergency response by coordinating volunteers at community centres and donations of food, clothes, money and blood.

Led by student Ayah Benberna and the Islamic Society, and supported by Middlesex Students’ Union, many students felt compelled to help.

One volunteer was Sabren Amin, Vice-President of the Arab Society at Middlesex and a regular volunteer at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre. “I don't think there’s any human that wouldn't want to help, especially knowing that the affected area was only a few tube stops away from us,” she says.

While it was an intense and harrowing experience, Sabren says it was incredibly heart-warming to see people from all walks of life join together.

“Many of our volunteers were fasting and the temperatures were very high, but that didn't stop them – they were lifting heavy boxes, running back and forth to sort through donations and walking in the heat to deliver them," she says.

Designing a night city

With 50% of London’s nightclubs and 40% of its live music venues closing in the last 10 years, the capital is losing out on a vibrant night economy. Our Interior Architecture team think they have the answer. They’re taking a creative approach to redefining what it means to live in a night city, beyond clubs and bars. Imagine if museums, cafes and other community spaces were open until late.

Our strategy: Transforming potential into success

1. Inspiring success

2. Practice-based learning

3. A vibrant student experience

4. A values-driven culture

5. Research that benefits our students

6. Driving support for our mission

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