On Monday 10 June, we gathered together at Little Titchfield Street for the first ever Vice-Chancellor’s Employability Awards Celebration. The event highlighted the outstanding achievements of our students and the valuable contribution made by our alumni, community partners and employers.
This was the first year that our Vice-Chancellor, Dr Peter Bonfield, was patron of the Employability Awards, making this a very special event.
The Vice-Chancellor spoke to the audience and emphasised the importance of employability to students and to the University. He also thanked our sponsor, Santander Universities UK, as well as our employer partners, mentors and alumni.
Caroline Lloyd, Director of Student and Academic Services, hosted the awards and welcomed external speakers; Sotiris Kyriacou, Head of the London Skills Development Network, NHS and Ioanna Rossi, Mentor and Impact Development Manager, Kingston University.
Thirty-two students were awarded for special achievements in taking part in the Westminster Employability Awards – a new initiative that encourages students to participate in career-development activities for points towards the Award.
Other categories included the Explore Teaching Awards, Placement Student Awards, Mentoring Student Awards, Student Ambassadors, Employer Awards and Mentor Awards.
Two of the student award winners spoke to the audience and shared their experiences of taking part in the initiatives and the skills that they had gained.
Jon Woodburn, final year BA (Hons) History and Politics student and Westminster Employability Award Gold winner spoke about engaging with and completing the Westminster Employability Award.
Brittany Kemp, final year BA (Hons) Digital Media and Communication student and DCDI Placement Winner, shared her placement experience at Bobb & Cole Ltd and told how this experience had helped her boost her career. Her advice to students was “You should take up opportunities that challenge you; that’s how you develop.”
Monica Deshpande, Head of Employability and Inclusivity, said: “Congratulations to all the winners of our very first Vice Chancellor’s Employability Awards. Congratulations, also, to all our students who have gone the extra mile to complete an internship or placement to participate in the Westminster Employability Award, or to complete one of the many employability programmes and activities on offer at Westminster. A huge thank you to all our employer partners for your support.”