The University of Westminster explores radical ideas that make a difference for the 2019 Difference Festival
1 February 2019
The events all take on the theme ‘radical’ and each one explores the word, the meaning and how radical ideas have shaped history while showcasing the work of staff, students, alumni and friends of the University.
Being radical has always meant being different. Over the course of the week a series of free events will enable guests to explore what ‘radical’ means, through student led exhibitions like; ‘when embracing diversity itself is radical’, and other events including, banner making workshops, poetry jams, and other activities exploring trans representation on film, acupuncture and plant-based health, identities, race and memory through the screening of ‘BlacKkKlansman’, and much more.
Being different is a part of the University of Westminster’s history. The Difference Festival was established to celebrate the characteristics that have defined the institution since 1838. The Regent Street Polytechnic Institution was established ‘to delight as well as to instruct’ and was described as ‘an intellectual treat’. The University of Westminster’s predecessors created a place where the public could explore new ideas, discover new inventions and learn new skills. We have always inspired and encouraged others to share our love of knowledge and discovery and we strive to continue those ambitions to make a difference, embodying the link between theory and practice and changing the world for good.
Chair of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Public Engagement Group, Professor Debra Kelly said: “For us, public engagement means all the ways we connect and share with others what we do. The Difference Festival is our major event to come together and to talk about how our work can improve everyday life or help solve the many challenges we face as individuals, communities and as a society.
“We're not just saying ‘we’re doing this, we think it’s interesting and you’re very welcome to come along and join us if you’d like to’. That's not real public engagement. It should mean shared curiosity, creativity, new energy, playfulness. We want unforeseen outcomes, unpredictability, fresh perspectives, challenging questions, lateral insights. That's another reason we've chosen 'radical' as our Difference Festival theme this year.”
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.