1. Westminster named the most internationally diverse university
The University of Westminster was named the most internationally diverse university in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand in the Hotcourses Diversity Index (HDI). According to the Index, the University of Westminster represents 169 nationalities and has a total of 8,429 international students. Also, 30 per cent of our staff members come from outside the UK. Hotcourses says that many students see access to a multicultural community as a vital part of studying abroad. To top it all, the University was also ranked at the impressive 118th place for International Outlook across all universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
2. Oscars went to University of Westminster talents
University of Westminster’s graduate, Asif Kapadia, won best Documentary Feature for the film Amy. The Oscar came just after Kapadia won a BAFTA for Best Documentary, as well as a Grammy for the Best Music Film. Kapadia was also listed as one of Britain’s top 20 influential Asian people in 2016.
Beside, the short film Stutterer, produced by film graduate Shan Christopher Ogilvie, won the best Live Action Short Film category at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Westminster academic Dr Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Look of Silence was also nominated for the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature award.
In India, Westminster graduate Rohit Pradhan was presented with a Filmfare Award for Sound Design at a star-studded ceremony that is coined the ’Hindi Oscars’.
3. Westminster marketing students won UK’s best student Mannequin Challenge
Our first year undergraduate marketing students and Lecturer Darrell Kofkin from the Westminster Business School won the nationwide student paper The University Paper’s Mannequin Challenge scooping the most votes with their impressive performance. The Mannequin Challenge has been a viral internet craze where participants remain frozen while a moving camera films them. Watch the video to see them in ’action’!