The Westminster Distinctiveness Awards recognise student achievements and mentor and partner contributions. It is hosted each year by the Career Development Centre (CDC).
The 2018 celebration event was hosted by Caroline Lloyd, Director of Student and Academic Services and welcomed external speakers from Santander Universities and the Civil Service Fast Stream Graduate Programme.
Students were rewarded for their dedication and hard work with awards such as the Placement Student Award, Volunteering Awards and Associates in Schools Awards. Three student award winners addressed the audience, sharing their experiences of the transformative initiatives they had enjoyed.
Amani Hussain, a third year BA English Literature and Language student spoke about her participation in the Mentoring programme, Maria Seisdedos Dias, International Liaison and Communication MA student described her experience of her placement at Paddington Academy as part of the Explore Teaching programme and Giorgio Sleiter, a BA International Business with Chinese student currently on a business placement with the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises addressed the audience saying: "My placement gave me the time to understand better what I like, what I don't like...it was a very formative experience."
Our external partners were praised for helping our students develop professionally and enhance their employability in the process. Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Bonfield took the time to address the gathering of colleagues, students, alumni participants and our external partners. He praised all the students for their work and perseverance, saying: “Many congratulations to all of you involved, that’s all students, all my colleagues at the University and everyone who has been involved in contributing”.
During this academic year the CDC has:
- Created over 600 mentoring partnerships and secured the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation’s Approved Provider Standard. The initiative also secured a Gold Award at the recent Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards.
- Recruited 101 students onto the Explore Teaching Scheme, 95 were placed across 41 schools and colleges.
- Trained 150 dedicated students as ambassadors to work across the university.
- Filled over 230 job vacancies through the CDCs Talent Bank agency.
- Supported our student to donate over 22,000 hours to volunteer with more than 300 organisations.
- Placed over 1,470 students took part in short-term and yearlong accredited placements.
The Westminster Distinctness awards is an annual event created to bring together staff, students, alumni and industry partners to celebrate the achievements of Westminster students and partners over the past year. This year was a great turn out and we cant wait to see what next year has in store.