The Scholarships Team at the University held their 18th annual International Scholarships Reception on 6 November at International Students House.


The annual reception provides the opportunity for the University to welcome international scholars and celebrate their success. It also provides guests with the chance to meet fellow scholars, alumni, academics, and University of Westminster partners and colleagues.

The keynote speaker was notable alumna Beatriz Buarque who told her story and gave an encouraging speech urging Westminster scholars to chase their dreams at all costs. Beatriz is now the CEO of the Non-Governmental Organisation called Words Heal the World which “empowers young people to challenge hate and helps increase the visibility of 25 organisations that promote peace worldwide”.

Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor, was also in attendance and took part in the ceremony. He kindly took the time to speak with many of the scholars and learn about what led them to study at the University and their future plans. 

The University of Westminster is proud to offer a range of scholarship awards to students from all countries and backgrounds, making higher education a more accessible reality for all. 

Philanthropy remains one of the main drivers behind these scholarships. The programme is continuously updated to reflect the diverse applicant pool and to encourage further the growing global network of students whilst supporting ambitious and outstanding individuals with a genuine financial need.

Sara Barden, Scholarships Administrator at the University, said about the reception: “The event was well attended by scholars, staff, partners and alumni. With just over 100 attendees, about half were students. Guests enjoyed the moving speech from our scholarship alumni, Beatriz Buarque. 

“Many of our scholars attended in their National Costume which enhanced the celebratory atmosphere of the evening. We had scholars from over 20 countries in attendance. The evening also featured a live band, Love For Sale, which had the crowd tapping their feet and smiling along to the jazz.”

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