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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.