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10 highlights from the University of Westminster

25 July 2018

Dr Peter Bonfield

As another successful academic year comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the highlights and achievements from some of our students, academics and alumni here at the University of Westminster.

1. Dr Peter Bonfield named as the next Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FREng, former Chief Executive of the BRE Group, became the new Vice-Chancellor and President of the University. Dr Bonfield, who has worked closely with the Higher Education sector throughout his career, is looking forward to leading the University as a world-class, student centred, employer-informed institution that plays a leading role in preparing individuals for a lifetime of growth and professional opportunity across the world.

2. Westminster jumps 27 places in The Guardian University Guide 2019

Students walking off the bridge outside St Pauls cathedral

The University was proud to have received its highest ranking in ten years, rising 27 places to 81st position according to The Guardian University Guide 2019. We were also placed in joint third position amongst London universities for our value added, a score which compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications. Our ranking for this illustrates Westminster’s excellent teaching standards and the continuing difference we make to our students.

3. University of Westminster Students’ Union win Officer Team of the Year at National Union of Students Awards


Freya Thompson, Dan Seamarks, Ludovica Siniscalchi, Joseph Ikebudu and Ethel Tambudzai were named Officer Team of the Year, an award which recognises the officer team that has worked most effectively to make change that benefits the University’s student body. The award was presented by The National Union of Students, which honours students for their work to improve education and the wider community.

4. Westminster BA Fashion students show at London Fashion Week

Designs by Manon Planche at LFW 2018

The University of Westminster BA runway show marked the first time that an undergraduate course has been invited to show on the official London Fashion Week schedule. Eleven undergraduate students showed their collections on the opening day of London Fashion Week, each showing six looks.

5. University of Westminster hosts National Student Pride 2018 highlighting homeless LGBTQ+ Youth

On 9-11 February, the University of Westminster hosted  National Student Pride 2018  which this year focused on homeless LGBTQ+ youth. The three-day long event has been hosted at Westminster for the past four years and this year included a variety of programmes, ranging from workshops, careers fairs as well as talks and panel discussions with LGBTQ+ guests including YouTubers, Big Brother winner and gender advocate Courtney Act as well as Evan Davis, BBC Newsnight journalist.

6. Sociology and Criminology students celebrate completion of module with inmate students at HMP Pentonville

Pentonville graduation

15 students from Westminster’s BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology courses had the opportunity to learn and study with inmate students at HMP Pentonville in the prison library once a week. The project was part of The British Convict Criminology ‘Making Links’ Programme, which has been running since 2016 under the direction of Criminology lecturers Dr Andreas Aresti and Dr Sacha Darke.

7. University of Westminster’s Breast Cancer Research Unit contributes to major study on genetics of breast cancer

Miriam Dwek and Nadege Presneau

Dr Miriam Dwek, leader of the Cancer Research Group at Westminster and the DietCompLyf Study, joined a study led by the Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC) which published two sets of results in the academic journals, Nature and Nature Genetics. The research outcomes identified 72 new genetic variants that contribute to the risk of developing breast cancer, and raised questions as to whether women at different risk levels should be screened differently.

8. Television Production student secures prestigious internship covering the Royal Wedding

Jessica Mills

Jessica Mills, who recently graduated with a BA Honours in Television Production, partnered with a freelance journalist to cover The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle for CGTN, a Chinese Global Television network as part of a unique, life-changing internship.

9. Final Year Architecture Student wins second place in Drawing of the Year Competition

Aarhus Drawing of the Year competition 2nd place

Master of Architecture student Richard Morrison participated in the 2017 Drawing of the Year competition run by Aarhus School of Architecture. His axonometric drawing titled, “Amazonia”, which illustrates how our world is structured for shopping and distribution, won the second prize of €2000.

10.  Westminster Awarded Two Gold Awards in Case Circle of Excellence

Alumni team

The University of Westminster’s Development and Alumni Relations Office were proud to have won two Gold Awards in the 2018 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards, placing Westminster in the international spotlight alongside major universities including, Harvard, Princeton and University College London.

The alumni event series, ‘What it Takes’, which offers engaging insights into relevant topics for students and young graduates, won the Gold Award for Innovative Alumni Program. The team won a second Gold Award for their work with the Career Development Centre’s Student Mentoring Scheme, a program enabling over 700 alumni mentors to share their professional experiences and advice with students and graduates of the University.

Explore the University of Westminster's top 10 highlights in 2016 and 2017.

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 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.

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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