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Higher education minister praises Westminster’s community involvement

13 November 2009

Higher education minister David Lammy MP praised the University of Westminster’s involvement in London’s communities when he presented certificates to those completing an innovative Community Leadership course at the University last week.

David LammyTwenty Haringey residents completed the course, run jointly by the University and Haringey Neighbourhood Management, earlier this year. The minister (pictured), who is MP for Tottenham said the course represented a good example of best practice which was in line with government policy to encourage universities to engage with local communities.

Course leader Dr Claudette Carr said the course focused on the complex relationships between public, voluntary and private-sector organisations and citizens and their communities.

“What makes this short course unique is the way it brings together people from many different walks of life within the community.

“Since it began in 2004, participants have gone on to play very much more active roles in Haringey, including standing for election to the council and being invited to make a presentation at the Ministry of Justice,” she said.

Mr Lammy spent about an hour chatting to those attending the awards ceremony held at the University’s New Cavendish Street Pavilion venue. He had earlier been welcomed by Professor Jane Lewis, dean of the School of life Sciences, and Sue Grant, neighbourhood manager for Northumberland Park and White Hart Lane in Haringey.

Around 80 people have completed the Community Leadership course this year. It is organised by Dr Carr and Geoff Wykurz.


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