The University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre hosted the Westminster Distinctiveness Awards on Monday 8 June to celebrate the achievements of our students and recognise the contribution made by our external partners.

This year the Career Development Centre mentored 280 students on three different schemes, placed 88 students in 42 schools to gain valuable teaching experience, and the IT Training Team helped 177 students acquire Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications. The dedicated Careers team also helped 213 Westminster Business School students and 556 Media, Arts and Design students find a relevant placement.

Based on the principles of employability, global engagement and sustainability, the Westminster Distinctiveness project aims to develop key attributes in our students so that they become well-rounded graduates. The key attributes of our graduates include:

  • Critical and creative thinkers
  • Literate and effective communicator
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Global in outlook and engaged in communities
  • Social, ethically and environmentally aware

At the ceremony students were rewarded for their dedication and hard work with awards such as the Placement Student Award, Volunteering Awards and Associates in Schools Awards. Our external partners were praised for helping our students develop professionally and enhance their employability in the process. Awards presented to partners included Employers of the Year (Omnicom Media Group and Mayfair Legal), Charity of the Year (Team Up) and School of the Year (Westminster Academy).

David Shacklady, Director of Student Affairs, presented the awards ceremony, and Barbara Allan, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Westminster Business School, and Kerstin Mey, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design presented the awards.

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