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Top 10 highlights in the 2016/17 academic year for the University of Westminster

17 August 2017


Leaving the end-of-the-year exam period behind, the University of Westminster is proud to look back on the 2016/17 academic year which was yet again full of successes and surprises. Enjoy a selection of our highlights in no particular order.

1Oscar win for Westminster graduate Kristof Deak's short film

Kristóf Deák, who graduated from the Directing Film and Television MA course in 2010, has won an Oscar for his film Sing in the Best Live Action Short Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.

2.  Alumnus Hussain Manawer sets world record for largest mental health lesson backed by royal family

Hussain Manager receives his Guinness World Record certificate

Westminster graduate Hussain Manawer has set a new Guinness world record for the world’s largest mental health lesson. Backed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he organised the event in conjunction with Dame Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London and Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

3. From Harrow to Rio – Westminster staff brings 2016 Olympics broadcast to life

Rio Shooting OBS Crew

Film Production Technician Sarah-Jane Harrison and Sound Technician Aidan McCarthy from the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design worked with the Olympic Broadcast Service (OBS) in London for the 2012 Olympic Games before going on to be part of the OBS at the Rio Olympic Games.

4. University of Westminster academics collaborate in developing cutting-edge VR games for Criminal Law students 

University of Westminster's RewrLaw screenshot

University of Westminster academics from the Department of Computer Science and Westminster Law School (WLS) collaborated in developing a Virtual Reality (VR) game in which Law students are to explore a real case scenario, discover important pieces of evidence, and make up their mind over the crime case if it is a murder. The game-based platform integrates the immersion into VR as the perception of being physically present in a non-physical world.

5. Architecture students build installation at Burning Man in Nevada desert with their tutor

Tangential Dream at Burning Man by Westminster tutor Arthur Mamou-Mani

After Westminster Design Studio 10 tutor Arthur Mamou-Mani won a grant from the Burning Man Festival, a team of Westminster staff and students joined together to develop and realise a spectacular project at the Festival in the middle of Nevada desert at the biggest celebration of interactive art in the world.

6.  HRH The Princess Royal presents Senior Lecturer Anne-Gaelle Colom with WISE International Open Source Award

University of Westminster's Anne-Gaelle Colom with HRH The Princess Royal at WISE Awards ceremony

Anne-Gaelle Colom, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology, has been announced as the winner of the International Open Source category at the annual WISE Awards 2016, for her outstanding contribution to gender balance in open source software and coding. Anne-Gaelle has taught programming and web development to over 3000 students so far in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Westminster. She has been sharing her experience with them and been successful in encouraging her female (and non-female) students to embrace a career in technology.

7. University of Westminster celebrates diversity with The Difference Festival

Difference Festival

A week-long celebration in February paid tribute to the heritage of the University of Westminster in diversity with a series of events that showcase the work of staff, students, alumni and friends of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

8.  New Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban book cover designed by Westminster alumnus Jim Kay unveiled

Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban cover illustrated by University of Westminster alumnus Jim Kay

A new illustrated book cover for J. K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban, illustrated by the University of Westminster Illustration BA Honours (now Illustration and Visual Communication BA) alumnus Jim Kay, was unveiled.

9. University of Westminster is the most internationally diverse university in the UK and ranked 29th in the world for international outlook

Students taking a photograph on the southbank of london

Named the most internationally diverse university in the UK in the Hotcourses Diversity Index (HDI), the University of Westminster went on to be ranked 29th in the world for International Outlook in the recently released Times Higher Education Young University Ranking 2017.

10. Students awarded over £78,000 from The 125 Fund

125 Fund at the University of Westminster

In a special event, opened by Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, 92 students were awarded grants, ranging from £150 to £2000, which support them in their personal and professional development.

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We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-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.

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