The University of Westminster is hosting daytime events during the tenth annual National Student Pride festival at Marylebone Campus. The weekend festival this year is from Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March, at the end of LGBT History Month.

This will be the second year that the University will provide a venue for the main event, which takes place between 12.30-5pm on 28 February. Marylebone Campus is the home of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and the Westminster Business School in the heart of London opposite Madame Tussauds.

Speakers include Evan Davis, of the BBC's Newsnight and Dragons’ Den, who will presenting a panel discussion; Owen Jones, popular columnist for the Independent and author of the book 'Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class', and Bethany Black, transgender comedian and star of Cucumber.

On the “In conversation with Evan Davis” panel discussing LGBT representation in film and TV, Davies will be joined by Dominic Treadwell-Collins, EastEnders Executive Producer, and Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the Oscar-winning LGBT movie Milk and was named the most influential openly gay person on the Advocate's ‘Forty under 40’ list in 2009.

Giving a boost to the career prospects of student attendees, the high profile LGBT student career fair, the largest of its kind in the UK, is expected to be one of the most popular events on the Campus with Google, all three of the armed services, Aviva, Norton Rose Fullbright, Barclays, GE and KPMG having joined the line-up.

On 1 March attendees will screen ‘Boy Meets Girl’, which won Iris Prize’s Best Feature Film. The film is a romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman.

National Student Pride will be sponsored by EY, law firm Clifford Chance, IBM, BP, The Co-operative, Asda and Enterprise Rent-a-car. Last year's event was attended by 120 universities and colleges.

David Vacher, founding Chair of the University of Westminster’s LGBT Network, said: “LGBT students bring a wealth of knowledge and diversity to universities across the UK. The National Student Pride is run completely by students and volunteers, many of whom are Westminster students or very successful graduates. The event is an excellent example of how much the University offers students. Alongside academic advancement, we create a stimulating environment, full of opportunities for friendship, networks and diversity.”

A member of the University of Westminster Students' Union LGBT Society said: “Coming to London is testament to how much the National Student Pride has grown since the event begun. On our tenth birthday, it makes it particularly special to have the event hosted at Westminster. Many of our current and past committee members being Westminster students and alumni, we are proud to bring the event to the University that has helped us develop and grow as students.”

National Student Pride was originally conceived at Oxford Brookes University, as a response to its Christian Union’s position on homosexuality, and it has been steadily growing since. The move to London in 2014 was a natural progression due to the growing interest in the festival from students from all over the country.

Please visit the National Student Pride website to learn more about the organisation and view its full list of events.

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