This year, we've partnered with TEDx to deliver one of the most exciting events on democracy and representation. We're preparing a fun day for you filled with live streamed TEDx talks, master classes on leadership, mindfulness sessions and workshops on topics such as entrepreneurship, digital identity and professional confidence.

All activities and workshops will be available on a first come, first served basis. We're aiming to accommodate as many people as possible, so we would appreciate if you could let us know which activities you'd be most interested in.

The not-for-profit organisation TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has created a programme called TEDx, designed to help communities, organisations and individuals to share ideas in communities around the world. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.


At the TEDxHousesofParliament, ideas on Representation and Democracy are discussed in TEDTalks videos and live presentations.

To keep updated about all activities and talks that will be live-streamed in our Central London Campuses, register your interest, follow us @uniwestminster and @TEDx on Twitter.

If you want to find out more, watch a few videos from last year's event:

More videos are available on the TEDxHousesofParliament website.

TED is a not-for-profit organisation that started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.

If you're new to TED, visit their website or YouTube channel to watch their videos and check the playlist below with the 20 most watched TEDTalks:

TED holds an Annual Conference inviting the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available online, for free. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and Gordon Brown.

In addition, TED runs TEDGlobal, which is held each year in Oxford, UK. The organisation's media initiatives include the TED website, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts translated by volunteers worldwide.

The not-for-profit organisation has also established:

  • the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action
  • TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organise local, independent TED-like events around the world
  • the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities

Find out more about TED on Twitter and Facebook.

Besides live-streaming the TEDx talks, we'll be running a series of talks, workshops and activities in our Marylebone Campus, about topics such as:

Masterclass - Strategy Lessons from great leaders

This is a short talk exploring some key strategic aspects of business warfare that have been developed and implemented by great leaders such as Steve Jobs and Jack Welch.

The art of strategy is usually well mastered by great leaders. Key questions to debate: 

  • does it matter if they are democratic in their style or not?
  • what can we learn from them into running our businesses successfully?

Thus, the talk will focus on applied strategic tools and frameworks, demonstrating that being strategic is not that complicated but crucially important for success.

About the speaker:

Ioannis Christoudolouioannis-christoudolou

Ioannis is our Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy. He also worked also in the consulting industry training executives in leadership, teamwork, crisis and complexity management. Ioannis’s interest in the business environment led him to more entrepreneurial endeavours where he co-founded a corporate governance ratings company and became a partner in a consulting company for knowledge transfer and synthesis. His work within the public and private sectors led Ioannis to be a highly respected consultant in the field of management.

Authentic leadership: how to survive in an inauthentic world

Authentic leadership is one of a number of ideas used to help leaders understand how they might improve their performance and that of their organisation and survive the experience.

Unfortunately, the world in which leaders operate persistently proves to be less than perfect and often inauthentic. This workshop aims to explore the concept and how we can use it in the real world. Issues examined will include:

  • what is authentic leadership?
  • why is it interesting?
  • what impact can it have on our practice?
  • how can we encourage or develop it?

About the speaker

Richard Harding

Richard is Head of Department of Leadership and Development and Professor of Organisational History. From 1990 to 1999 he was Director of the Management Development and Accreditation Centre of the University of Westminster, which specialised in delivering competence-based and academic management awards to corporate clients. Since then he has worked on specialist masters programmes in management/organisation development and strategic leadership.

He's currently chair of the University's Research Degrees Committee and has particular interests in the development of doctoral education. Richard teaches management and organisation development, leadership, strategy on a range of postgraduate and post-experience programmes, and supervises doctoral students in the same subject areas.

Entrepreneurship: can be it be taught?

Develop entrepreneurial effectiveness through self awareness and reflection by action learning and pedagogic coaching. We hope to show you how we're revolutionising our teaching practice when it comes to the practicality, learning styles and knowledge development through entrepreneurship today. You'll be allowed the opportunity to learn and experience this through active learning.

About the speakers:

Jane ChangJane Chang

Jane is our senior lecturer in Marketing. Prior to joining Westminster Business School, she studied in Australia, Malaysia and the UK. Dr Chang worked in the corporate world for over 25 years, mostly in the manufacturing sector, where she held a number of senior management positions. She also consulted for small and medium-sized organisations in Malaysia and the UK in the area of new venture creation and corporate entrepreneurship.

Supin HussainSupin Hussain

Supin joined us in 2005 as a visiting lecturer on small business and entrepreneurship modules. She still teaches these as well as other undergraduate marketing and business strategy modules.

Supin has worked in various marketing roles within the small electrical, healthcare, recruitment and motor car industries spanning for almost ten years. She also teaches as a visiting lecturer on PR and marketing modules at Birkbeck College (UCL) for their media and culture department.

Women and Leadership

What do you bring to this leadership role?

This can be the hardest question to answer when you're being interviewed. All you can think about is:

  • do I sound confident enough?
  • am I showing off?
  • can I back up my examples and statements?
  • are these enough?
  • what is enough?

In this interactive session we'll look at what can make a difference when answering this question, how to prepare for it and some ways of answering and demonstrate our skills abilities, values and integrity.

About the speaker:

Ruth SacksRuth Sacks

Ruth is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Leadership & Development at Westminster Business School and our Teaching Fellow.

You can read articles published by Ruth Sacks in The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, HR Magazine, Prowess and Borderless.

Embodied Leadership

Embodied Leadership is an integrated approach that brings together the intelligence of body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Our approach to leadership consciously combines the wisdom of ancient traditions and modern science. This highly interactive workshop explores the meaning of well-being and resilience and how to be fully present in every situation. You'll be invited to work with your boundaries, find your presence, tap into your energy and use your body’s natural intelligence.

About the speaker:

Katalin Illeskatalin-illes

Katalin is our Principal Lecturer in Leadership and Development.She's experienced in teaching Leadership, Personal and Management Development and Intercultural Communication. She's a passionate promoter of transformational change through leadership development. Katalin held strategic leadership positions in the UK and China.

She has also contributed to collaborative partnership developments in India, Hungary and Switzerland. Katalin published a number of academic papers and presented her views and findings at international conferences. Her current research interests include ethical leadership, embodied leadership, building trusting relationships in organisations and innovative ways of leader development.

The Management Shift - how to harness the power of people and transform your organisation for sustainable success

Presenting the key ideas from Vlatka's forthcoming book. The presentation will also include an interactive exercise related to the emergent leadership model.

About the speaker:

Vlatka Vlupicclatka-hlupic

Vlatka is our Professor of Business and Management and founder and CEO of the Drucker Society, London. She's a leadership and management consultant and has advised major international organisations, including the House of Commons, Croatian Government and the Hungarian National Bank. Her expert commentaries and interviews have appeared in the national press including The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Eye tracking session

About the speaker:

Richard West

Richard West is a senior lecturer in our Department of Marketing and Business Strategy. He has a degree in Marine Biology and has always been interested in the psychological and physiological aspects of marketing and consumer behaviour. In the last two years, he has jointly written industry white papers with the Institute of Promotional Marketing on Sales Promotions and on Customer Loyalty.

Find out more about the technology we'll be using for this activity, provided by Acuity Intelligence.

Model UN Security

Model United Nations (UN) is a simulation of one of the UN bodies, such as the General Assembly, the Security Council or the Human Rights Council. This Model UN is a role play of the UN Security Council, which is the UN body responsible for the maintanance of international peace and security. You'll step into the shoes of the countries on the Security Council to debate the issue of nuclear non-proliferation.

As representatives of the 15 countries of the Security Council, you'll negotiate with allies and adversaries and resolve conflicts by making speeches, engaging in "corridor politics" and debating a draft resolution (the term used for a formal text adopted by a UN body) in order to create a blueprint for ridding the world of nuclear weapons that is acceptable to all states on the Security Council.

About the speaker:

Emma McClean

Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Law. She teaches human rights at the Westminster Law School and pursues an active research agenda covering the UN, international law and human rights.

Business Game Simulation: "The 21st Century Car Challenge" hands-on by MEGA Learning

This simulation will allow participants to make active decisions about various factors regarding their products, resulting in market reactions that will affect their sales performance and profit margins.

The automotive industry is undergoing a revolution that is characterised by significant changes in customer needs, car design, volume sales, with some mature markets, and others displaying exceptional growth.

At the outset of “The 21st Century Car Challenge” simulation there are many unknowns. If sales forecasts are positive for most car lines, competition is likely to boost sales of certain models which have very limited profit margins if they exist at all. The economic crisis doesn't make life any easier. Volumes and turnovers fluctuate, and errors are paid economically.

Come along and participate in this exciting simulation and we’ll see who will best ride out the storm!

About the speaker:

Benoit Calicis

Benoit is a partner in MEGA Learning and specialises in experiential learning through business simulation where he integrates his experience in Corporate Strategy, Finance and Entrepreneurship and his passion for Strategic Games.

He organises and develops business simulation workshops for multinational companies and top business schools throughout Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia.

Mindfulness session

Mindfulness can be operationally described as a continuous commitment to moment-to-moment non-judgemental awareness cultivated by paying attention.

About the speaker:

Yusuf Kaplan

Yusuf Kaplan began practising daily meditation and mindfulness at the age of ten, and has continued with it through over 30 years experience in various spiritual traditions. He has been the Interfaith Adviser at the University since 2009 having trained as a Muslim Chaplain. More recently he also studied at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Managing your online identity

Frances talks about why it's so important for your future career to manage your online identity and how you can make improvements.

Career stands

Career stands staff from the Career Development Centre will be on hand to answer questions about the services we offer to our students and graduates, as well as providing a range of up to date careers information for you to take away.

Speaker for both sessions:

Frances Gow

Frances leads our team of Consultants, Placement Co-ordinators, Business and Community Liaison staff. She also manages the service to develop and deliver careers consultancy, work placement and skills development opportunities for University of Westminster students and graduates.

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses which are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalism, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

During this event, we'll also be showing the documentary The Act of Killing. The documentary was directed by Joshua Oppenheimer - a Reader at the Media, Arts and Design faculty of the University of Westminster - and produced by Professor Joram ten Brink. The Act of Killing was nominated for an Oscar, won a BAFTA for Best Documentary as well as more than 40 prizes in film festivals around the world over the last 12 months.

The Act of Killing explores the behavior of perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide in 1965-66. It depicts a group of unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads being challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love. The film focuses particularly on one individual, Anwar Congo, whose initial enthusiasm for the re-enactments slowly gives way to outward expressions of unease and remorse.

After the screening, we'll interview the documentary's producer Joram Ten Brink. Joram is a filmmaker and professor of Film and Director of the International Centre for Documentary and Experimental Film - DocWest.

His films have been broadcasted and theatrically released in the UK, USA, Holland, Israel, France, Germany and Spain.

Joram's work has been screened at the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and at MOMA in New York. His recent publications are Building Bridges – the Cinema of Jean Rouch and Killer Images – Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence (2013, Wallflower Press).