The University of Westminster has always been different. We are now the most internationally diverse University in the UK. Our predecessors created a place where the public could explore new ideas, view new inventions and learn new skills. Similarly, the University has also always striven to make a difference, embodying the symbiotic link between theory and practice and changing the world for good.

Through a series of events, this week-long celebration will pay homage to the history and roots of the institution, whilst showcasing the work of staff, students, alumni and friends of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, aspiring to ‘instruct and delight’.

Difference Festival

Learn something different at lunchtime

In 1838 the Regent Street Polytechnic Institution was established ‘to delight as well as to instruct’. Come and be delighted and instructed by star researchers and former students of the University of Westminster.

Fancy that? Discover something different

Ever wondered about studying a different subject or learning about a different culture? From silent films to religious debate, enter a different world.

Regent Street discussions

In an 1838 report the Polytechnic Institution was described as “an intellectual treat”. Treat your intellect with debates and discussions about things that matter.