Sponsored by the Department of Psychology, six students from the Psychology BSc Honours and Cognitive and Clinical Psychology BSc Honours courses participated in an event addressing the rising global population.

The colloquium Towards 9 Billion looked at how the world is going to cope with an increasing population, and asked the question: ‘How do we create the conditions whereby we welcome rather than fear 9 billion and enable them to build stable and meaningful lives for themselves and their children?’

Westminster students participated in the event as potential leaders of the future, engaging in discussions alongside senior leaders from business, social care, health and the arts. Their attendance at the colloquium was supported by the Department of Psychology.

Afterwards a student said that “the event was a great way for both students and professionals to interact and learn from one another. Additionally, the people I networked with were all very keen to hear about my current endeavours and offer guidance and advice, for which I was very grateful.”

Another student said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having to listen, and be surrounded by people with an amazing grasp of their respective fields and their willingness to share their knowledge. I felt privileged to be part of their conversations and share my thoughts and opinions.”

Dr Kathryn Waddington, Head of the Psychology Department, said: “It was wonderful to see our students engaging so professionally and confidently with the other attendees at the colloquium. This was a great opportunity to show how the University’s mission to inspire the next generation of world citizens and help shape a better future for all is being put into practice. Mitzi Wyman, Founder of the Fulcrum Network, and I hope this will be the start of a fruitful partnership which will inspire the student experience at Westminster.”

The event was organised by The Fulcrum Network in partnership with sustainability consultants Terrafiniti. The Fulcrum Network brings together a community of leaders with influence across health, social care, education, the arts and business. Its events debate and address the environmental, social and economic challenges facing the leaders of today and tomorrow.

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