On Wednesday 14 October, the first group of students involved in students as co-creators hosted an event – Innovate! Co-create! – to talk about their experiences and show how the University is working in partnership with students.
The Chancellor of the University, Lady Frances Sorrell, opened the event. She highlighted how important collaborative working is and how experience of it at University can prepare you for your future career.
Guest speakers from Birmingham City and Winchester Universities presented their experiences of running similar initiatives and spoke about some of the benefits of taking part in schemes like students as co-creators.
The Student Engagement Leads (SELs) created market stalls with activities like quizzes and games to showcase their findings. They also spoke about their experience of working in partnership with academics and the benefits of taking part in students as co-creators work.
The SELs felt that their confidence and networks had grown significantly and that they had acquired many skills. Jasmeet Dihot, SEL for FABE reflected on her time working as a student co -creator saying “I have learned a lot of valuable skills from our co-creators project.” Kiu Sum, SEL for FST discussed her students as co-creators journey; “from learning the skills to communicate with different people around the University, carrying out the pilot projects and promoting student as co-creators, it was an experience I will never forget. I would have never thought of doing this when I first started at Westminster!”
Each faculty will run two projects this year with students and academics working as partners to research ideas for improving your learning experience. Taking part in students as co-creators will allow you to gain skills that will stand out on your CV and enhance your overall student experience.
Interested in becoming involved in a students as co-creators project?
Come to a networking session on 28 October, 2-4pm, for students and staff to develop research questions or meet potential team members:
Room 152-153 (Cayley Room)
309 Regent Street
Want to know more about students as co-creators and how you can get involved? Check out our students as co-creators Google site!
Read more about what the University is doing to improve the student experience through the Learning Futures change programme.
I’d like to let you know about an opportunity to get
– Paid internships
– £20,000 start-up funding
– Employability training
– And Enhance your CV
The Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition is looking for student ideas to cut carbon emissions and give students employability skills. Register your interest at www.london.gov.uk/lowcarbon to find out more about these opportunities. You can also get more involved by signing up to be a volunteer ambassador for the competition. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, course, email address, phone number and term time address and you can access free presentation and marketing skills training. They don’t ask for too much time to be spent volunteering but it makes a great addition to your CV. The next training session is this coming Wednesday 28th October from 2-5pm at London City Hall
We have been advised that some students have received an email titled “University Grant Information” that requests students submit personal information and bank details to an online form to receive a grant from the Government. This email states that it has been issued by the University however this is false. The University has not sent any emails of this kind to students and you should therefore not complete it.
The University will never send emails requesting financial information from students so if you do receive any of these emails or any others that you are concerned about please do not respond and log a call with the Fix I.T team so they can investigate.
ABE Registry and Information Services
The ABE Registry will be open from 11:00am from the 19th to the 23rd October and will close at 2pm on Wednesday 21st October.
From the 26th October normal opening hours will resume as follows:
Monday to Thursday : 10:00am to 18:00pm, Friday 11:00am to 14:00pm
We were disappointed to see that one of the screens in the newly refurbished rooms in the Chiltern Building has been vandalised.
I’m sure you will agree that this is not the type of behaviour we expect at the University.
Rooms are being updated in response to student feedback and we welcome your support in ensuring that we all respect our campus.
Deirdre Sinclair & Sarah Speed
Faculty Registrars WBS & fABE
University of Westminster and the Latitudes Network partner universities are pleased to launch the first instalment of the Latitudes International Design Challenge 2015-16! LDC_poster_grey_for UoW 2 LDC_poster_grey_for UoW
Working across different latitudes, this international design competition brings together students from around the world to explore the global dimensions of Climate Change and address its challenges through collective design innovation. Through virtual sessions organised across the partner universities, students will be able to use their skills and respond to a design challenge related to Climate Change in cities across Europe, Latin America and South-East Asia. Faculty staff and students from our partner universities will offer you advice and give you insights on the environmental challenges of their city and more detailed information on the case study, the site/or building. You will have the chance to win a Learning Exchange trip to another partner university, present your winning proposal and engage with local staff and students!
The steps area simple: staff from our partner universities submit a design challenge related to their cities. You form a team, choose a design challenge that best meet your interest and skills and register. You meet with your Latitudes local advisor and design your proposal, while you also attend two virtual seminars where you will meet other students across the network!
REGISTER NOW! DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS 19TH OF OCTOBER.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your skills, meet students and staff from other cities around the world, learn about Climate Change and exchange ideas for a more resilient world!
For more information on the competition, partner universities, design challenges and more, please visit our website:
Or contact us at:
Latitudes is a global educational network that will engage future generations with the challenges of designing for climate change.
The agenda is simply that environmental change is best experienced if it is to be understood. Latitudes network will offer an opportunity to open doors into diverse climates, both real and virtual, for students and staff to engage in inter-disciplinary design research and learning by working across different latitudes and climatic regions. In this way our changing climate will become more tangible. Students and researchers will have the opportunity to think across boundaries, to create new ideas for living and working in an age of unpredictable climate. The latitudes programme will create memories about how important our climate is to the places we build and inhabit.
Current partners include universities in Turkey, India, Italy, Norway, Finland, Maldives, Malaysia, Brazil, Colombia and UK.
Our teaching and research interest and current work spans cross four thematic areas related to design for environmental sustainability and climate change: Adaptation Design, Green Design, Resilience Design and Arctic Design.
Student representatives for the 2015/16 Faculty Student Forum needed!!
The fABE Student Forum is a faculty committee chaired by the Faculty Registrar, Sarah Speed, and provides an opportunity for students to have their say in the development and review of policies and strategies in the Faculty to improve on your student experience. We would like to ask for students across all courses in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment to volunteer to join the forum and give us your views on a number of areas. Key academic colleagues are also represented on the Forum and the Dean of Faculty, Professor David Dernie will be joining us for the first meeting.
The group meets 3 times each academic year and reports to the Faculty Executive Group and also the University Student Forum, which is chaired by Roland Dannreuther, Deputy VC. Dates of the meetings for 2015/16 are as follows:
- 22 October 2015, 1pm
- 28 January 2016, 1pm
- 31 March 2016, 1pm
If you are interested in joining this forum please see the terms of reference attached or contact Sarah Speed or your Course Leader if you would like any more information.
Please send your expression of interest to Sarah Speed S.Speed@westminster.ac.uk by Friday 16 October.
This is an excellent opportunity to find out what the faculty’s plans are and have your say!