Become a Friend of Arriving New Students (FANS)

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Become a Friend of Arriving New Students (FANS)

Help our new undergraduate students have a great start here in September 2017.

A great start at university is all about making friends, learning the tricks of the trade, as well as having fun. We’re looking for current students who can make this happen during induction week for the new undergraduates joining us this September.

What do FANS do?

Our FANS (Friends of Arriving New Students) provide a personal welcome to new students at the University, helping them settle in and acting as their first point of contact for the first couple of weeks.

FANS are a vital part of the Great Start project, this is a collaborative project between Student Affairs and the Students’ Union which brings together the Universities Faculties, the Students’ Union and Corporate Services to deliver the best possible induction for new students.

If you become one of our FANS, you’ll be:

  • looking after a group of new undergraduates during their first week of induction.
  • showing students the local area & parts of London
  • taking students on campus & library tours
  • showing students around Blackboard
  • helping them plan their social life for the first week
  • making sure they attend all the relevant faculty and academic sessions

What are the benefits of being a FAN?

There are many benefits to joining the project – previous FANS have described their experience of working with new students as one of the highlights of their time at university.

As FANS, you’ll get:

  • a cash reward on successful completion
  • 2 days training in key transferable skills
  • training taking place in lovely hotel setting complete with overnight stay
  • valuable volunteering experience
  • teamwork and leadership skills
  • Recognised for your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record)
  • networking opportunities and making friendships

You’ll also get to have a lot of fun!

Click on the following link to see a short clip to why you should apply for this position:               and check out the following YouTube video of FANS training:

Sign up to become FANS

Note that to become a FAN, you’ll need to be studying at the University in September 2017 and be free for the whole of induction week. Also the role will require full dedication.

To register you interest in FANS please sign up through the following link by Monday 10th April 2017,

Want more information?

Have a look at the Students’ Union’s Smoke Media YouTube channel, which has various videos on the Great Start.

If you have any other questions, get in touch with Nima Takodra, Great Start Project Manager, at

PASS WEEK 20 – 24 MARCH 2017

Posted on: 6 March 2017
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Pass Week 20 – 24 March 2017






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Date: Tuesday 7 March 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Fyvie Hall, Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW – View map

Please note: This event is free and is open to all students and alumni but you must register in advance to attend.

Hosted by Kellie Vincent from Westminster Business School, this event is an opportunity to take part in different activities and discussions around gender equality with Westminster alumni. We’ll be exploring the gender equality issues we face in modern society and how you can combat them. Come and learn to empower yourself, both in your career and personally, and be inspired by alumni.

Alumni hosts

 Chris Ankobia
Supply Chain Consultant at Lidl UK and Co-Founder of charity Access UK
Purchasing & Supply Chain Management MSc 2015

Chris is the co-founder of Access UK, a charitable organisation created to help reduce BME youth unemployment. By tackling youth unemployment, Chris hopes to make a positive impact on the cause of gender equality by creating a “conducive environment for young BME men and women to develop into successful, independent, socially and economically equipped individuals of the future.”

Suzanne Bamgboye
Project Quantity Surveyor at Galliford Try
Quantity Surveying BSc 2012

Sue was shortlisted for the category “Best Woman Quantity Surveyor” in the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards in 2016. Sue thinks that “the only way to prevent women’s equality is to change people’s perceptions and make women irreplaceable and integral, driving forces of teams within the workplace.”

 Jo Shaw
Barrister and Campaigner for Women’s Equality Party
Law, Languages And Communication 1996

In Jo’s own words: “Gender equality is vital for many reasons – the obvious importance of fairness and justice, to reflect our shared humanity, and because it is absolute madness to deprive our world of the talent, skills, energy, ideas, sheer goodwill and contribution of half of the planet for no reason other than chromosomes and historical constructions of what being a woman or a man means.”

Draga Tchipeva
Senior Biomedical Scientist at Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust
Biomedical Sciences BSc 2010

Working in the NHS, Draga has not witnessed any major gender gaps and has seen an equal representation of both sexes in the lower paid sectors as well as in the higher decision-making positions. She feels very fortunate to have had a smooth career progression as a female in the Biomedical Sciences, but realises that this is not the case in other fields and that there is still a long way to go. 

Giorgia Tobiolo
Freelance Photographer and Educator, The Mango Lab
Photojournalism MA 2014

There will be time for the audience to ask alumni questions during the activities and discussions and more informally during the drinks receptions afterwards.

For more information and speaker bios, or to suggest speakers or topics for future events, please contact the alumni team at

Book your place.

Final Year Students 2017

Posted on: 20 February 2017
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FAO: Final Year Students CLASS OF 2017

The University of Westminster is working with GradFinale to produce an official University Graduate Yearbook for the Class of 2017. Please go to to make sure you are included.

This impressive publication will be full of individual student profiles, photographs and stories that will capture the experience you’ve had at Westminster It is something you will keep forever to remind you of your days as a Student – the events, the characters, the milestones and the fun! We want EVERY 2017 graduate to add their details and be part of the book.

To ensure you are included please register at: GradFinale ( and follow the quick and easy steps to submitting your Yearbook entry. It is free to be included.

The Yearbooks will be professionally printed in full colour. They cost £25 each and are available to order at All pre-ordered Yearbooks will be handed out at the graduations in July (or posted out if you prefer). If you have any queries regarding the Yearbook, please contact

Important: You are not automatically included in the Yearbook; it is free to add your details, but you must go online to submit your profile.

We look forward to seeing your Yearbook entry. The deadline is midnight on March 31st but please make a start now (you can return to finish it off later if you wish).

Many thanks

The Alumni Office working alongside GradFinale Yearbooks

What can I do with my degree? Alumni Panel

Posted on: 16 February 2017
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What Can I Do With My Degree!? – Alumni Panel (click to register on eventbrite)

Join us for the International Relations and Politics part of our SSH Alumni Lunchtime Panel Series…

Struggling to know what you want to do/what you can do with your degree? Or do you have an idea  but don’t know how to get started?

Join us on Wednesday 22 February at 13:00  for free tea/coffee and cake and the chance to hear from DPIR Westminster graduates who have been where you are now. Find out about their current careers, how they worked out what they wanted to do after graduation and ask for their employability advice and tips.


Lekan Olubodun – Benefits Analyst and Finance Lead, Cabinet Office (Politics and International Relations, 2013)
Lekan will be moving into a new role as International Climate Fund Project Delivery Manager in March and last year completed an MSc in International Development at LSE

Natalia Quiroga – Intern, Embassy of Colombia (Politics and International Relations, 2016)

James Brown – Research Consultant, Vision Critical (Politics and International Relations, 2013)
Previous work exp. includes VSO ICS Volunteer in Tanzania and the Department of Humanitiarian Aid and Civil Protection in Brussels

Camille Brochant de Villiers, Brand and Sales Coordinator, Sanrio Sanrio Company Ltd (Politics and International Relations,2013)

Amy Trakos, Enquiries and Complaints Manager (Higher Executive Officer), Competition and Markets Authority (Politics, 2007)
Prior to her current role Amy was in the Royal Navy

Completing your Humanities degree this year? Have you considered as career in Law?

Posted on: 6 February 2017
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UOW students 15% discount on your GDL fees!

Finishing your degree this year or and wondering what to do next with your career?

Have you considered training for a career in Law? 

If you’re interested in a legal career and have a degree in a subject other than law, then the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) is the course for you.

Legal recruiters are looking for candidates with good interpersonal, problem solving and communication skills, as well as commercial awareness.   You don’t have to have a degree in Law to train as a solicitor or barrister, but you do need to follow the GDL in order to convert your existing degree into a qualifying law degree.

Did you know?

  • The number of solicitors who have studied the GDL rather than an undergraduate law degree is increasing.
  • It is often seen as an advantage to the employer that an individual has more skills and knowledge beyond that of the law or legal profession.
  • If you hold a Bachelor’s degree from Westminster you’re eligible for 15 per cent discount off your tuition fees, provided you start your postgraduate studies within three years of finishing your Bachelor’s degree.

The GDL at Westminster Law School is designed to help you make the transition from graduate level into the legal profession and no prior knowledge of the law is needed.  You can also choose to study this course full or part-time.

Find out more

To help you find out more Westminster Law School is holding a GDL taster afternoon on Tuesday 21 February.

The afternoon, which is hosted by the GDL course team, will include talks by staff members and alumni, and will give you the opportunity to chat to current students/alumni and find out more about your exciting future in the legal profession.    Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Tuesday 21 February

Time: 2pm

Location: Room 3.09, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street, W1W 7BY

 To book your place please register here

 We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes

Course Enquiries Office
University of Westminster
T: +44 (0) 20 7915 5511

“To anyone thinking of applying for a Law course at the University of Westminster, I would give one piece of advice – do it! I could not recommend the University enough. Westminster is a very forward-thinking university which, on top of the outstanding teaching, offers numerous law fairs, career events and student advisors to help with networking and applications. You are genuinely treated as an individual and given the time and attention that you need to help you to succeed, both whilst at university and in the future.”

Katie Sills

 Katie graduated from Westminster’s Graduate Diploma in Law course (GDL), and the Legal Practice course (LPC)

Difference Festival

Posted on: 6 February 2017
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Dear All

The societies we live in and the political regimes that control them are undergoing dramatic and, for some of us, frightening changes at the moment.  One of the great things about university study is that it teaches us how to think, how to question and how to prepare for an uncertain future in politics, international relations, society, crime and legislation, global communication…

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is  therefore delighted to welcome all staff and students of the University, as well as members of the general public, to The Difference Festival: a week of free talks, presentations and debates on the big issues.  In the week beginning 27 February you can enjoy a rich menu of events at our Regent Street Campus, at lunchtime, late afternoon or in the evening.  Check out the website for the full programme, where you can also register to attend  and ensure you have a reserved place:

Our social media campaign is about to launch too, so look out for ‘Difference’ in the coming weeks.

Law, Migration, Foreign Cultures, Subject Tasters, Creative Writing, Silent Movies, and much more.  We have lots  to “instruct and delight”, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Best Wishes

Prof. Andrew Linn

Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities

Andrew Linn

Pro Vice-Chancellor | Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor of Language, History and Society

Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities | 309 Regent Street | London W1B 2HW
T: +44 (0)20 3506 9111  | M: +44 (0)7970 675598 | E:


Career and Placement News January/February 2017

Posted on: 16 January 2017
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2017 NUE AWARDS: Shortlist Revealed

Once again this year, Westminster made it to the short list for the National Undergraduate Employability Awards under the category of Best University Careers/Employability Service. Check out the competition here. We are absolutely thrilled to be finalists for the second year running and looking forward to the awards ceremony in February.


From the start of this term, daily Quick Query appointments will be opened up for booking from 12pm the day before. This is to ensure that students are able to plan a bit more in advance.

We are also trialing a few early bird and later appointments which are also currently available from 12pm the previous day.

For students who have not yet been to see a Careers Consultant, we have also introduced some Careers Information sessions being run by our Careers and Employability Assistants. These are designed to allow students to have a basic CV check, Talent Bank application check or for careers information and are useful for students new to our services to prepare them for a longer appointment with a Careers Consultant.

Students can book an appointment with a Careers Consultant for in-depth careers advice and guidance, mock interviews, CVs and application form checks.

We also have appointments available for placement preparation and advice, conducted by our Placements Teams in each faculty.

For more information:


February is Employability Month

Posted on: 16 January 2017
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Employability Month is running in February 2017 and is a university-wide project, in collaboration with the Students’ Union.

There are a variety of events planned throughout the month, which are intended to help students enhance their graduate employability, develop their experience and knowledge, and meet professionals, alumni and university staff.

Currently there are over 30 different events planned, including the following sessions:

  • Enhance Your Career with UWSU
  • Bite-sized Career Talks on CVs, Job Seeking, Interview Skills, Q&A with Careers Consultants
  • How to use LinkedIn effectively
  • Civil Service Fast Stream Assessment Centres
  • Work-Ready Graduates – Leadership Skills
  • Volunteering and Work Experience Fair


Full event listings can be found on the dedicated Employability Month mini-site on Engage.

Festive period closure

Posted on: 23 December 2016
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Dear All

Please note that the SSH Registry will be closed over the festive period from the 23rd December 2016 and re-open on the 3rd January 2017.

The SSH Registry wishes all our students a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.