Fraudulent email

Posted on: 19 October 2015
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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.

Regards,

ABE Registry and Information Services

ABE Registry opening hours week of the 19th October

Posted on: 15 October 2015
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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

 

Respectful use of study rooms

Posted on: 13 October 2015
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Dear Students,

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.

Regards

Deirdre Sinclair & Sarah Speed

Faculty Registrars WBS & fABE

 

International Design Competition Latitudes

Posted on: 6 October 2015
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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:

http://blog.westminster.ac.uk/latitudes-design/

Or contact us at:

Latitudesdesignchallenge@westminster.ac.uk

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For more about the Latitudes Network:

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.

Faculty Student Forum – Student Representatives Needed

Posted on: 5 October 2015
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Student representatives for the 2015/16 Faculty Student Forum needed!!

Faculty Student Forum ToR and membership 2015-16

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!

Student Engagement and Attendance SEA

Posted on: 30 September 2015
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Remember to use your student ID card to swipe in to your timetabled classes.

Each room will have a reader, or a number of readers, touching your card to the reader will record your attendance.

Attendance in lectures, seminars and workshops provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to complete your course and can be a significant factor of success.

Westminster.ac.uk/sea

Amended Opening Hours – ABE Registry

Posted on: 29 September 2015
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The ABE Registry will open at 11:00am from Monday 5th October to Friday 16th October.  After this the usual opening hours of 10:00am Monday to Thursday and 11:00am on Fridays will be reinstated.

Regards,

ABE Registry

Polylang and Academic English Registration

Posted on: 29 September 2015
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Please find information about how to register for Polylang Language modules at the following link http://www.westminster.ac.uk/polylang

You can also find information about registering for English for Academic Purposes at the following link http://www.westminster.ac.uk/academicenglish

Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment News

Posted on: 18 September 2015
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Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to a new term at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment!

We hope you have enjoyed your summer and for those of you who are joining us as a new student this academic year congratulations on your place at the University and we look forward to working with you and supporting you during your studies with us.

It is of huge importance to myself and my colleagues in the Faculty to provide you with the best teaching, knowledge, professional skills, opportunities and a first class experience in your journey through higher education onto your chosen career path. In fABE we are proud to have achieved the highest overall satisfaction score across the University in the National Student Survey (NSS) receiving 89% in Architecture, and a fantastic 92% in Tourism and Business and Master of Architecture. We are really proud of these results and continuously strive to improve these each year.

We have strong links with our professional bodies and leading practitioners and last year’s Destination of Leavers Survey showed that 75% of graduates from 2013/14 are already in managerial or professional level employment which is a testament to the good quality students and staff we are fortunate to have in the fABE.

I would like to draw your attention to the opportunities we can offer you for international exchange and study abroad having developed links with some of the best University’s in the world and the opportunities to develop your employability skills with our Work Placement Team

http://www.westminster.ac.uk/international

http://www.westminster.ac.uk/work-placements

I wish a successful year ahead!

 

New Facilities

Over the last year the University has invested substantially into giving students in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment some of the best specialist teaching facilities in London. The Architecture studios have been transformed and provide a fantastic creative environment while the new Fabrication Laboratory offers advanced digital making facilities including 3D printers and laser cutters as well as a wide selection of digital equipment that will enable a range of design and fabrication processes.A number classrooms have been refurbished to give the opportunity for more flexible learning and there will be further work taking place over the next semester to create a new Postgraduate study are on the second floor of the Marylebone building. We will keep you updated on progress throughout the year!

We are really proud of our facilities and excited to be able to offer them to you this year!

 

Student Societies

As a student at the University you are automatically a member of the University of Westminster Students’ Union (UWSU) – an independent organisation that is run by students, for students to represent students. The Student Union has its own Smoke Media and a range of societies that we strongly encourage you to get involved in.
Students in the fABE have set up some hugely successful societies in Architecture, Property and Construction so please check these out, join them and get involved! They will provide you with an opportunity to develop your academic and professional interests, strengthen your teamwork skills and have a lot of fun.
The Faculty enjoys working with the student societies help provide you with a great experience during you time at the University. Contact them to find out more at http://www.uwsu.com/societies-2/