The projects which contributed to the improvement of the University’s facilities and supported academic research were managed by the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO).
Diverse projects such as organised fieldtrips and 125 Fund events particularly helped students to gain further professional experience and enhance their employability for their future careers. Some also contributed to the development of blended learning through interactive events such as the International Competition in Synthetic Biology (iGEM) allowing students to develop their skills in different learning approaches.
The University facilities were also improved thanks to the QHT which contributed to the development of Smart Learning Spaces which are new active student centred learning spaces transformed from traditional classrooms. A number of new academic platforms focusing on research, including the Westminster Institute of Advanced Studies, were also created in order to give students more opportunities to develop critical thinking skills.
FAB FEST, a week-long fabrication festival, was one of the very successful projects this year, which enabled students from the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment to design 50 pavilions under the supervision of mentoring experts. The pavilions were then exhibited to the public at the open festival.
Dr David Scott, Director of Westminster Fabrication Laboratory and leader of the FAB FEST project, said: “Through FAB FEST, teams of students from Westminster competed with invited international teams to build the best pavilion from cardboard. Students gained a unique learning experience of design and construction, working in a design team with architects from London practices. They created a festival that celebrated the work, engaged with general public, and made global connections for the University. But it could only have been possible through the generous support of the Quintin Hogg Trust.”