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Volunteers needed for Learning Futures taskforce

6 March 2014

Get valuable transferable skills, access to unique training opportunities and more by becoming a Learning Futures taskforce member - apply by 19 March.

With 175 years of world-leading research, pioneering teaching and wide reaching education under its belt, the University is launching a new strategic initiative ‘Learning Futures at Westminster’ to transform the learning and teaching experience for students and staff.

Learning Futures is looking at everything from the design of the curriculum and underpinning regulations, to the way in which learning and teaching is delivered and students are assessed. The programme is led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and has already involved staff and students from across the University, providing an open forum for all to get involved.

A collaboration of staff, students and the Students’ Union, there are a number of opportunities for you to get involved. In particular, we are looking for committed students to join the Student Engagement Taskforce.

The taskforce will play a critical role in the programme, acting as the voice of the students when major changes are discussed. We need six representatives from each site.

Reward and recognition

Students selected to become core Student Engagement Taskforce members will receive the following benefits:

  • Training opportunities relating to skills in presentations, public speaking and communications with diverse groups of people
  • Early notice of opportunities for paid work associated with the Learning Futures initiative
  • A formal Letter of Recognition for their contribution to Learning Futures, signed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Great experience for your CV

Expectations and responsibilities

As a Student Engagement Taskforce member, you’ll be expected to:

  • provide the student perspective, based on personal experience of and engagement in learning
  • attend and participate constructively in Learning Futures events by making suggestions based on your own learning experience and views gathered from fellow students
  • give feedback on emerging proposals for the shape of the curriculum and future learning experience at Westminster
  • encourage other students to get involved and take part in Learning Futures events
  • promote the programme to students and staff in order to gain as many ideas and experiences as possible

Who can apply?

You can apply if you’re a current student at the University and you are:

  • enthusiastic about contributing to the future shape of the University’s learning experience for students
  • able to reflect on your own learning experience and engagement with learning activities
  • enjoy talking to other students and encouraging them to share their views
  • keen to take part in Learning Futures events and encourage others to do so
  • willing to help promote the results of the Learning Futures initiative to future students

How to apply

The application process is very simple – just submit your completed application form and CV to Miriam Hanna at m.hanna@westminster.ac.uk by Wednesday 19 March.

We'll be inviting all shortlisted candidates to an informal interview.


About the University of Westminster:

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 that 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.

Internationalisation, 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.


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