This year, a diverse range of projects encouraged students to gain practical experience and enhance their employability. The Westminster Menswear Archive is an example of a new and innovative project, aimed at developing the study of menswear design from a technical and functional perspective. It will strive to inform and inspire students, researchers and industry professionals, supporting their creativity and continued learning in fashion and related disciplines.
The Trust has continued to support meaningful programmes including Westminster Working Cultures, Distant Horizons and The Polylang Scholarship Scheme, allowing students from across all subject areas to gain international experience, broaden their global outlook and acquire invaluable skills for life after university.
A key contribution of the Trust was the development of Smart Learning Spaces, an initiative to create new active student centred learning spaces transformed from traditional classrooms. This project is running for the second year and will encourage an increased level of human interaction between tutors and their students through the use of advanced IT resources and flexible furniture. When not in use by tutor facilitated classes, the spaces will provide a new environment for groups of students for their informal and out of classroom learning.
Professor Gunter Saunders, Associate Director Digital Engagement and Library Services and leader of the SMART Learning Spaces project said: “With Quintin Hogg Trust support over the last two years, the University has been able to develop some fantastic new learning facilities. This has included the recent commissioning of two so-called Active Learning Spaces (ALs), specifically designed to support collaborative group work.
“The ALs have some great technology within them to support active student centred learning. Students can also use the digitally enabled group tables within the ALs for informal learning sessions when classes are not timetabled into the space. The Quintin Hogg Trust has already agreed to support the creation of similar rooms in each of the university’s other major buildings during the 2018/19 academic year.”