The University of Westminster’s top 10 highlights for 2018
21 December 2018
1. Westminster jumps 27 places in The Guardian University Guide 2019
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.
2. Westminster BA Fashion students show at London Fashion Week
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.
3. Dr Peter Bonfield named new 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, continues to lead the University as a world-class, student centred, and employer-informed institution that plays a leading role in preparing individuals for a lifetime of growth and professional opportunity across the world.
4. Westminster hosts Bass Culture 70/50 - UK’s largest Jamaican music expo, highlighting windrush’s impact on Britain
University of Westminster hosted Bass Culture 70/50, a four-week exhibition exploring the impact of Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced music on British culture, which took place from 25 October to 22 November. The exhibition featured previously unseen artwork, specially commissioned films, live performances, top industry speakers, UK reggae label pop-up showcases and over 70 hours of individual testimonials.
5. UWSU wins 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.
6. Smoke Radio Success at the Student Radio Awards 2018
The University of Westminster’s student radio station, Smoke Radio, had an exceptional night at the annual Student Radio Awards 2018 on 8 November. After thousands of entries and an intense round of nominations, the team were crowned winners in six different categories, including Gold for Best Specialist Music Programming and Silver for Best Student Radio Station of the Year.
7. Westminster awarded two Gold Awards in Case Circle of Excellence Awards
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.
8. University of Westminster hosts groundbreaking Intersex Awareness Event in partnership with Amnesty International
In partnership with Amnesty International LGBTI Network, the University of Westminster celebrated Intersex Awareness Day which takes place annually on 26 October. The event explored what it means to be ‘intersex’ and saw a preview of the new BBC documentary ‘The Intersex Diaries’, which follows Intersex campaigner and organiser of the event, Anick, through a year of major surgeries and self-acceptance.
9. Creative Enterprise Centre launches Westminster Pop Up project
This year, the Creative Enterprise Centre at the University created Westminster Pop Up, a new enterprise and experiential learning project launched to showcase the University’s entrepreneurial designers, makers, creators and crafters. From 9 to 15 December, ten selected students and graduates were able to showcase and retail their products in a temporary retail space managed by Future Icons. The participants also took part in a series of workshops and masterclasses led by industry experts, supporting them in building and launching their creative businesses and freelance careers.
10. London Higher Wellbeing, Health and Safety Task Group launched at the University of Westminster
On Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October, the University of Westminster launched The Task Group, as part of London universities’ trade body, London Higher. The group was founded and chaired by Westminster’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Dr Peter Bonfield. Taking place at our Regent Street campus, the Task Group enabled an open conversation around mental health, which is rapidly becoming a key strategic priority for both staff and students in UK Higher Education.
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.