We are leaving behind yet another outstanding academic year at the University of Westminster. We are immensely proud of the successes and experiences of our students, staff and alumni who have been recognised and celebrated. As the new academic year approaches, we look back at the top 10 highlights from the University of Westminster in the 2018/19 academic year, in no particular order.

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1. Westminster alumnus Al Shux receives Oscar nomination for Best Original Song

Music graduate Alexander Shuckburgh, known as Al Shux, was nominated for Best original song for the song ‘All the Stars’, featuring Kendrick Lamar and SZA in the film Black Panther. The song, produced by Al Shux, Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears and Solana Rowe was performed at the Academy Awards alongside the other nominations. Read the full story here.

2. University of Westminster named runner-up in Guardian University Awards for Student Experience

Westminster’s Democratic Education Network  was proud to have been awarded second place in the Student Experience category of the Guardian University Awards, which recognises projects and initiatives in Higher Education that have positively impacted the academic and personal experiences of students. This year, Westminster was shortlisted in one of 14 categories, each being judged by experts from The Guardian and the UK Higher Education sector. Read the full story here.

3. University of Westminster is once again host of National Student Pride

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Westminster was proud to host ‘National Student Pride 2019: More Pride, Less Prejudice’ at the Marylebone Campus between February 22-24 to celebrate the global LGBT+ student community and mark the end of LGBT History Month. The festival offered an abundance of activities, including panels and discussions, and was attended by more than 1,700 students from 170 universities across the globe. Read the full story here.

4. University of Westminster receives £4.8 million from Quintin Hogg Trust to enhance the University’s facilities and student experience

Forty-two successful projects aimed at improving student experience at the University of Westminster were funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust (QHT) in the previous academic year. The Trust’s generous donation has helped fund a diverse range of projects that encourage students to gain practical experience and enhance their employability, including the Westminster Menswear Archive, Westminster Working Cultures and the Polylang Scholarship Scheme. A key contribution of the Trust was the development of Smart Learning Spaces, an initiative to create new active student-centred learning spaces transformed from traditional classrooms. Read the full story here.

5. Menswear MA graduates show at London Fashion Week Mens

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Ten graduates from the world’s only two-year Menswear MA course showcased their design collections in a runway show at London Fashion Week Mens. The show featured a mix of fashionable and functional eye-striking designs from graduates who were taught by some of the most significant tutors in menswear education including Alexander Mullins and Professor Andrew Groves. Read the full story here.

6. Westminster celebrates philanthropic support and its impact on students’ lives

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This year, the University of Westminster hosted a celebratory dinner that welcomed supporters, donors, students and alumni to celebrate the huge difference that philanthropic donations make to the University. Some of the key projects recognised included the AlSadi Changing Lives Programme which takes students on a volunteering and cultural exchange programme to Jordan; the Westminster Working Cultures programme which enables students to visit Hong Kong to experience the international professional environment; and the many activities enhancing Westminster students’ employability and help them to achieve their full potential. Read the full story here.

7. Building Surveying BSc students visit Buckingham Palace Reservicing Programme

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A group of final year Building Surveying BSc students were given the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace to learn about their ten-year Reservicing Programme. The field trip provided an insightful overview of the scheme and provided students with invaluable workplace knowledge and experience at a truly special setting. Read the full story here.

8. Westminster music talent takes to the stage at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park

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This year, Westminster Music graduate Tally Spear and current Music: Production, Performance and Enterprise BA BMus student Elyona Biney were both given the incredible opportunity to perform on the Barclaycard Stage at the British Summer Time festival. Other performers at the festival included stars like Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand, Florence & The Machine, Robbie Williams and The Black Eyed Peas. Read the full story here.

9. Professor Lewis Dartnell’s new book ORIGINS named the top History book of 2019 by The Times

Professor Lewis Dartnell, Professor of Science Communication at the University, has gained notable commendations for his new publication ‘ORIGINS’ from The Times, including top History book of 2019 and featuring in the 100 best summer reads of 2019. In his newly published book Professor Dartnell discusses how elements of the Earth have impacted human history and the evolving world we live in. He draws upon a variety of examples including how the Himalayas are connected to the orbit of the Earth. Read the full story here.

10. Westminster academic and alumni recognised at Queen’s New Year Honours Awards

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The University of Westminster was immensely proud to share that one of the University’s academics, Dr Shirley J. Thompson, and two alumni, Christopher Bailey and Nick Mason, were included in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2019. The list recognises individuals for their special achievements or outstanding services to the country. Read the full story here.

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