Through generosity of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust’s Wates Giving programme, the University of Westminster is delighted to announce ten new scholarships for students embarking on their undergraduate studies across Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).

The Wates Scholarships will offer £2,000 per annum towards the living costs of ABE students. As one of the UK’s leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment, the Faculty will be able to support and nurture more talented students who go on to shape the world of work in these disciplines.

To be eligible for the scholarships, candidates should come from London and the South East of England and hold an offer for a full-time undergraduate degree within the Faculty, which covers a range of courses specialising in Architecture, Planning, Housing and Urban Design; Property and Construction; Tourism and Events and Transport and Logistics.

Through their philanthropic giving, the Wates Family is committed to attracting and retaining students who are from lower-income families. Therefore, the scholarship selection process will be based on academic excellence and financial need. Preference will also be given to candidates who are the first in their family to attend a university.

Mr James Wates CBE, a patron of Wates Family Enterprise Trust, said: “Supporting students from low-income backgrounds to study at Westminster underpins our values as a Family Trust. Through this grant, the Wates Family aims to alleviate some of the financial stress from students’ lives enabling them to focus on their studies and securing essential work placements within the sector.”

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, Professor Geoffrey Petts, commented: “We are very grateful for the support provided by Wates Family Enterprise Trust. This funding is a significant step in helping us achieve our goal in widening access to promising students.”

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment inspires more than 2,000 students at its teaching base at Marylebone, in central London. The announcement follows a very successful year for the Faculty, which has achieved numerous awards and accolades. A few recent successes have included three architecture students winning art grants for commissions at The Burning Man Festival, postgraduate students winning the prestigious RIBA President’s Medals as well as academic success, with Senior Lecturer Rob Garvey winning the Build New York Live 2015 competition as part of a Westminster-led team.

Recent graduates have also continued to forge excellent careers and achieved notable success with James Shiner, a graduate from Construction Management BSc, being awarded The Constructors Prize 2015, and recent Quantity Surveyor graduate, Hussain Manawer making history by becoming the first British Muslim to go into space after winning the Rising Star Programme at the One Young World Summit held in Bangkok.

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a strong reputation and connections with industry leaders. It prides itself on the largest RIBA Part 3 programme in the UK, and has continued to lead in this area by recently teaming up with RIBA for a student mentoring scheme and boosting its ability to collaborate on research, global mobility and joint academic projects with the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and the Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

The learning environment for students has also been greatly enhanced with the launch of a new cutting edge fabrication laboratory in April 2015, and a £5.2 million investment in new architecture studios offering the best facilities in London.

The scholarships will offer new students the opportunity to benefit from one of the UK’s leading education providers in the core subject areas that address the future shape of our cities. For more information about the Faculty and the Wates Scholarships please visit our Scholarships page.

To find out how you can support new talent through scholarships, please visit our Help Support Students page or call +44 (0)20 7911 5741.

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