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Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.
New figures out today reveal that not only London universities
have the worst drop-out rate in England.
But those students are more likely to be black or from poorer families.
The University Partnerships Programme Foundation found
on the whole, nearly one in ten drop out during their
first year of study.
Something it says needs to be tackled,
as Sonja Jessup has the story.
Well, here in London, of course, we boast some
of the world's top universities, such as here at UCL but it seems
that across the capital, although we are very good
at attracting students to university, we're really not
so good at retaining them.
In fact, one in ten drop out during their first year.
We can find out more about these findings by speaking
to the report's author, thank you for joining us.
Why do you think so many students are dropping out?
I think there are three sets of factors.
The first issue was about who's studying in London.
We know the population of students there's actually a high of black
students in most universities.
Other research tells us that black students are more likely
to drop out than average.
That is partly an issue of who is going into university.
The second set of factors are around the institutions themselves
so if you look at national student survey, you look at what students
say about the universities they going to and the courses
they are studying, you see a lower satisfaction score on average
for London universities than for other universities outside London.
There is an association between lower satisfaction scores
and higher drop out rates.
And then there's a third set of factors which are very important
but probably harder to get to the bottom of, which are around
the affordability of London.
We also know that students who live in London also have to commute
longer distances to go to university so they may be able to spend less
time on their courses.
So, what do we do about this?
How do we address this problem?
I think first point is to hold the government to account.
So, we suggest there should be a target specifically
on ethnic minority groups, so we bring that down to the average
score in terms of dropout rates.
We also think there's something the Mayor of London could do,
so it might be around housing, it might be around facilities
that universities have and the planning consent.
It might be around transport connections.
There's also a lot universities themselves can do.
OK, thank you very much.
So, lots of challenges for universities to consider if they
want to address these issues.
And if they want students not just to sign up but also
to state on their course.
More details are emerging on the cladding used
on Grenfell Tower.
Burning cladding on the tower could have released 14 times more
heat than a key government safety test allows.
According to research by the University of Leeds,
its plastic core would have burned "as quickly as petrol."
The contractors who fitted the cladding and insulation say
they both passed all regulations.
Hundreds of passengers landing at Gatwick Airport are being left
stranded after the company they parked their cars
with appears to have gone bust.
Gatwick First Parking, is not an approved
meet-and-greet parking company.
Police have been receiving reports over the last few days of people
unable to collect their cars.
Ian Palmer reports.
Frustration at the car pound.
The baby was with us.
He's an eight-month-old baby so trying to keep him asleep
while we're waiting around at Gatwick at stupid
hour this morning has been a tough 24 hours.
Gatwick First Parking is a meet and greet company.
The firm went bust leaving customers stranded without their vehicles.
Libby, who went to Gatwick last Saturday, at 11 at night.
She, her husband and twins had no way of getting home to Kent.
Two screaming one-year-olds.
Finally, we decided we needed to get a taxi because we just
needed to get home.
So we got in a taxi, ?130 later we got home.
Two hours almost later as well, got home at 2:30am.
It is not known how many people are affected but Sussex police have
told us they have at least 150 cars.
People coming back late at night, they've got children,
they want to get home, they've got long journeys,
they ring this company to get their car back to travel home
and, of course, there's no answer.
The website's shut down.
They can't get hold of anybody.
And they are really stuck, what can we do at this time of night?
Of course, they're calling Sussex police.
Whereas, as I say, this is a civil matter, and we're very hands tied,
to a certain extent.
Anyone affected by Gatwick First Parking going bust is being advised
to contact trading standards.
We are working with Sussex police and Gatwick airport itself.
Hopefully to try and resolve this issue, get consumers their keys back
and then hopefully they can return home safely.
The Augustin family have a disabled daughter.
They need their car because it has specialist equipment inside.
This seat is for my disabled daughter.
Without it, she struggles to sit.
In the end, this was just a car but the seat was what really
she needs on a daily basis.
So that's really bad.
Mr Augustin will now return home to Kent with the family car
but there are flights arriving at Gatwick or the time.
And on those planes will be more Gatwick First Parking customers.
Ian Palmer reporting there.
The BBC has been unable to contact Gatwick First for comment.
Now, when's the last time you used a red phonebox?
Well, a growing number of companies are renting them
to use as office space, mobile repair shops
or even coffee shops.
There are already 20 in the capital.
And it's giving firms a chance to be in prime parts of Central London,
for a fraction of the price, as Nicola Ford found out.
It's a shop in a prime London location but there's no place
to make a cup of tea or go to the loo, and the customers
definitely can't come in.
That's because the shop is in a disused red telephone box.
It's where Farwad spends 7.5 hours a day repairing mobile handsets.
The advantage is you never bored.
Because you are sitting in the street.
Looking at people.
The disadvantage is sometimes the noise and cars,
and the pollution.
This phone box lies on the old Brompton Road in between
Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
So, how does it feel to work in one of London's most
You start to be iconic as well if you work in an iconic
place, you are iconic...
For the founder of the mobile repair company Love Fone it makes sense
for them to work out of disused phone boxes.
I guess it's funny that, you know, obviously the mobile phone has made
the phone box obsolete.
So we are now bringing them back into service.
It is the next revolution, the next form of life
for these phone boxes.
And with rent at ?300 a month, it is cheap compared to the average
rent in Knightsbridge.
But one question remains - what do they do when they need the loo?
We have a good agreement with some local pubs.
Yeah, they let us use the loo.
And we fix their phones for free.
Well, after the overnight storms and lightening,
is today going to be a bit calmer?
Here's kate Kinsella.
Well, the storms last night you'd have thought may have
cleared the air somewhat.
Unfortunately, that's not the case.
Let's look at some pictures from last night.
Hundreds of flashes of lightning created some very beautiful pictures
from our weather watchers.
The post-storm pictures more like this.
Lots of standing water first thing this morning but it's been very warm
so that's all evaporated away, bright spells this afternoon but it
will remain pretty warm and humid.
There is quite a lot of cloud, it's thinning,
not necessarily breaking, though, so you may get some hazy
brightness out there.
If the sun comes out, the temperature will shoot up.
In the meantime, temperatures between 23-26.
Just feeling very sticky, warm and humid.
Overnight tonight, looks like a dryer affair
compared to last and.
Still the chance of one or two showers, nothing
too significant but, again, it's going to be quite a warm
one, the minimum around 17.
So, a warm, humid start tomorrow, some showers moving through.
Now, these are a cold front and that gradually moves away eastwards
through Thursday morning.
Behind it, it clears slightly, we get some brighter and sunny
spells but it introduces some much fresher air.
It will feel pretty cool tomorrow afternoon compared
to today, around 23.
For Friday, we've got some low pressure to the west of the UK,
starting to fling some weather fronts towards us.
That's going to make the weather changeable heading into the weekend.
Looks drier for Friday but then a showery regime as we head
through Saturday and Sunday and it is going to feel
quite a bit fresher.
And there'll be more on last night's weather at 6:30pm.
If you have any pictures or videos you can tweet them to us at BBC
London News or email us.
But for now that's it from the lunch team.