The University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre hosted the Westminster Distinctiveness Awards on Wednesday 7 June to celebrate the achievements of Westminster students and recognise the contribution made by our external partners.

This year the Career Development Centre mentored 356 students across three different schemes active in a variety of different sectors. 1,547 students were placed into short-term and year-long accredited placements across all faculties. The dedicated Careers team also contributed to place 98 students in 44 schools to gain valuable teaching experience.

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 Westminster graduates, which the awards meant to celebrate, include: Critical and creative thinkers; Literate and effective communicator; Entrepreneurial; Global in outlook and engaged in communities; Social, ethically and environmentally aware.

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The Awards ceremony was presented by Caroline Lloyd, Director of Libraries & Curriculum Support. Students were rewarded for their dedication and hard work with awards such as the Placement Student Award, Volunteering Awards and Associates in Schools Awards. Westminster volunteering Alumni were also rewarded for helping current students with their career prospects.

Alumnus Chris Ankobia won the Alumni Volunteer of the Year award for his great support and dedication. He has led a workshop on overcoming gender discrimination in the workplace at the Break the Glass event hosted by Westminster’s Alumni Relations team. He has also written exam tips for the Westminster Business School blog to help students during the exam period with their revision and he has mentored a Business School student. In addition, having co-founded his own charity, with a focus on helping to reduce Black and Mixed Ethnicity youth unemployment, he was on a careers panel at the annual Skills Academy series discussing with students his experience working in the social and charity sector and has since offered volunteering opportunities at his charity to Westminster students.

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Student Najmul Haque, winner of the Student Volunteering Award receiving his prize, surrounded by Caroline Lloyd, Director of Libraries & Curriculum Support and Professor Graham Megson
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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 (Young Film Academy and Cassiopeia Services Ltd), Charity of the Year (Community Fundraising Executive, Breast Cancer Care) and School of the Year (City of Westminster College).

The University of Westminster’s Career Development Centre is committed to increasing the employability of our students and graduates and to enhance the reputation of the University of Westminster in the wider business community in line with the Westminster 2020 Vision.

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