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Widening Participation at KCL

One of the several 'youth development' activities supported by the Bowyers' Company charitable giving is the 'K+' Widening Participation programme at King's College London. K+ reaches out to schools with low-income pupils who might not otherwise think of going on to university but have good GCSE results and a positive attitude, and invites them to participate in workshops and mentoring chats with current KCL undergrads to inform and encourage them to apply. Started seven years ago, the programme now reaches out to 98 schools across London and is expanding rapidly: the 170 previous KCL K+ undergraduates have been joined by 61 more in 2016 and no fewer than 280 in 2017.

At the programme's annual reception at King's on 22 November, the Bowyers' Master, Upper Warden and Charity Chairman were able to meet some of the successful candidates. These included Josh Milton from Dagenham (pictured here with friend), an early K+ success story who has just graduated from KCL in English Literature, and is embarking, bright-eyed and full of enthusiasm, on the career he has always wanted, as a journalist. We'll watch out for the name!

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