Westminster Distinctiveness Awards 2018

25 June 2018

The annual Westminster Distinctiveness Awards were hosted at the Marylebone Campus on 19 June to celebrate the achievements of our students and honour the contributions made by our external partners.

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.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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