In a special event, opened by Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, 92 students were awarded grants, ranging from £150 to £2000, which will support them in their personal and professional development. 

The 125 Fund was established to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Regent Street Polytechnic, the predecessor institution to the University of Westminster. All donations to the Fund were generously matched pound for pound by the Quintin Hogg Trust and over £78,000 will directly benefit students this year.  

More than 700 students applied for funding and some of the awarded projects include the development of a single-parent dating app, fieldwork in a refugee camp in Berlin, a research project into climate change in the Maldives, a play which exposes human traffic and slavery and a PR start-up company.

Speaking at the event Professor Geoffrey Petts said: “I am delighted to see this new initiative support our students, providing them with more opportunities to develop skills and gain experiences that will increase their employability. Thank you to all the donors and alumni who have enabled The 125 Fund to help so many of our students.”

At The 125 Fund event students were presented with their awards by recently re-elected Students’ Union President Freya Thompson and also had the opportunity to thank many of the donors and alumni who have made the Fund possible.

Speaking about his grant, James-Eden Hutchinson, a student on the Contemporary Media Practice BA said: “I am very grateful to have been awarded a grant from The 125 Fund to attend the Glenn Kinsey School to undertake a Presenter Portfolio Day. The funding has enabled me to access vital training and support me in producing a show reel for my portfolio. Graduating this year with a professional portfolio will directly impact my employability and will make the difference between me going straight into work or having to settle for a job in an unrelated field.” 

The 125 Fund will re-open to students in early 2018 when we hope to support even more students. If you are inspired by the aims of the fund and would like to find out more about making a donation please click here.

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