As student applications to The 125 Fund reopen this month, some of the 2019 recipients have shared their thoughts on how the Fund has impacted their student experience and future career prospects. 

Zophie Robinson, a Fashion Design BA student, said:

“I would just like to say how incredibly grateful I am that you invested in me and my future. It has allowed me to be creative without financial limitations in my pre-collection, which was not only very liberating but invaluable for my future development and portfolio. The fund has allowed me to use a wider variety of techniques and processes, make it a much more fulfilling journey. This is vital as my portfolio and the key skills I have developed are integral to the job searching process and of course securing employment beyond my degree. Once again, I am incredibly grateful to have been lucky enough to be supported by The 125 Fund.”

Meanwhile, Asra Abdulahi (Biomedical Sciences BSc) used the funding she received to visit the United Nations Headquarters, gathering with 3,000 students as part of a Model United Nations Conference. While there she was able to develop her debating and public speaking skills – even receiving an Honourable Mention Award, which was only given to four delegations.

When asked about The 125 Fund, Asra said:

“Thank you so much to all the supporters of The 125 Fund! You made it possible for me to have this experience. I could not have done it without you, so I owe you so many thanks, more than I can express. This conference and being able to visit the United Nations headquarters and to sit where world leaders have, was an experience I will never forget!”

What is The 125 Fund? 

The 125 Fund is a matched funding opportunity which gives all students at the University of Westminster the opportunity to apply for funding for projects and activities which enhance their employability and professional development. Since its conception in 2016, The Quintin Hogg Trust has generously matched every donation made to the Fund, pound for pound.

In March 2019, £101,446 was awarded to 122 students giving them a unique opportunity to develop their skills and enhance their CVs. However, with almost 600 applications for funding requesting just short of £700,000, there is still a lot of work to be done.

How can you help?

The 125 Fund is made possible by our generous supporter community and the generosity of The Quintin Hogg Trust to match donations receive. If you would like to donate to The 125 Fund in time for us to support even more students, please click here.

Jenny Stubberfield

Jenny Stubberfield

Communications Officer at University of Westminster
Jenny Stubberfield

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