Vision, mission and values

The University of Westminster was founded as Britain's first polytechnic in 1838. Since then it has developed into a university that combines both metropolitan and cosmopolitan dimensions, and which is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas.

The University has always been, and continues to be, imaginative in recognising new needs and developing appropriate offerings for its many target markets. The University also has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. As a place to work or to study, we strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation.

Vision

The experience we offer

A vibrant learning environment – fostering innovation and creativity, informed by practice, inspired by research, focusing on the globally relevant areas in which we excel.

The difference we make

We are building the next generation of highly employable global citizens to shape the future.

Our international reputation

As a global university located in a world city, we are home to over 5,000 students and 500 staff from overseas.

Westminster has a reputation for excellence in professionally relevant teaching and learning and for high quality research. Offering over 300 degree courses, we place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for Westminster students in order to ensure that we provide an environment where students can develop skills, competences and knowledge required by the global economy.

We are proud of our long history of global relationships and have partnerships across the world – connections we continually strive to strengthen and deepen. 

Our world-leading research, produced in partnership with global industry and educational institutions, has a real impact in the world around us.

Mission

We will shape the future of professional life by:

  • being a diverse, vibrant and inspirational learning environment
  • establishing the University of Westminster as the leading practice-informed teaching and research university
  • being a responsive, metropolitan and cosmopolitan university serving the needs of diverse communities
  • embedding internationalisation, employability and green-thinking in all that we do

Values

Courageous: We know that without risk there's no innovation. We're bold enough to question ideas, provoke new ways of thinking, strip away the superfluous and focus on those things at which we can excel.

Connected: We are an integrated team. We are about trust, collaboration and connectivity across our different disciplines and throughout the world.

Generous: We respect and celebrate diversity. With a generosity of spirit, we value emotional intelligence as well as knowledge, empowering each other and enabling our students to realise their full potential.

Excellent: We demand excellence. We understand the importance of critical thinking, discipline and responsibility, and we expect the very highest standards of ourselves and our students.

Sustainable: Green-thinking is at the heart of all we do. Our common goal is to respect the planet and we are committed to sustainable practices, both on the global stage and in our own working environment.

Westminster 2020

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Global Westminster

Discover how the University embraces global engagement in every arena of institutional activity.