About Us

Podium is a co-ordinating unit that facilitates and communicates London 2012 legacy opportunities for colleges and universities to engage with future sporting and cultural mega-events both at home and overseas. The Unit was established in 2007 with a nationwide remit and three major aims:

1. Communicate

To communicate both within the sectors and with outside agencies about the potential for universities and colleges to support the successful staging and delivery of future mega-events and to help create a wide reaching and lasting legacy of the London 2012 Games.

2. Collaborate

To facilitate collaborative work and the sharing of best practice within the sectors (and their communities) in order to develop projects and events which maximise the benefits of hosting mega-events.

3. Enhance

To work with institutions to use mega-events as a catalyst to enhance existing activity and place colleges and universities in the global spotlight.


The Unit has worked directly with a number of stakeholders including UK colleges and universities, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

In 2013, Podium will be working with the organising committees of future sporting and cultural mega-events including Glasgow 2014 and Rio 2016 to explore legacy opportunities for colleges and universities in England.

Other stakeholders include; London Higher, Government Departments, Regional Development Agencies, Sector Skills Councils, the Association of Colleges, British University & Colleges Sport, Guild HE and Universities UK.

Podium provides an environment that brings relevant parties together, encourages discussion and helps to facilitate work in collaboration. The Unit supports the development of Paralympic and Olympic related activities and projects which involve the HE sectors. Stakeholders and individuals can access up-to-date London 2012 legacy related news, opportunities and events through this website, frequent newsletters, forums and events.

For more information on news and projects taking place near you, go to 'in your region'. If you are attracted by the idea of post-London 2012 legacy engagement, but unclear of what you can offer, visit the showcase page to see a range of inspirational projects and activities or download a copy of Spotlight.

Key achievements: 

• Podium frequently emails a database of more than 5,000 contacts at colleges and universities across the UK and our website received 27,760 unique visitors during the London 2012 Games.

• Podium was perceived to be highly successful in communicating London 2012 related opportunities, with 94% of the FE and HE sectors feeling the Unit had successfully delivered this function to some or a great extent.

• Podium helped with collaboration by sharing examples of good practice to some or a great extent, according to 85% of FE and HE stakeholders.

• Podium helped to recruit more than 20,000 students and recent graduates to volunteer at the London 2012 Games, including specialist volunteers, artists and performers. During the volunteering application period, the Podium website referred more people directly to London 2012 than any volunteering or sporting organisation, governing body, Games-related website or Regional Development Agency - placing 13th in total number of referrals.

• Podium lead a campaign that saw more than 100,000 students register with the Adecco Summer Job of a Lifetime website, which gave people the opportunity to work for the official London 2012 contractors in catering, cleaning, hospitality, and retail.

Funders

Podium continues to be hosted by London Higher and is based alongside its offices in Tavistock House. The Unit is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

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