Palestine, 50 years on – what can YOU do now?

Posted on: 8 May 2017
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Palestine, 50 years on – what can YOU do now?

Speakers: Eric Appleby, Encompass Trust / Abdulhakim Sabbah, Project Hope

Date: 24th May 2017 6.15pm – 7.30 pm

Venue: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London

Want to learn about the modern day Palestine after 50 years of military occupation? Want to hear about how you can volunteer at the largest international volunteer organisation in the Northern West Bank by providing educational support to some of the most marginalised communities in the world? Want to join artists and musicians from across the world to participate in the yearly Nablus Festival for Culture and Arts?

The University of Westminster and Encompass Trust are co-hosting an event, with guest speaker Abdulhakim Sabbah from the Palestinian charity Project Hope, to discuss opportunities for social activism in education.

Speakers will speak about the power of education and grass-roots work to empower today’s youth and bring communities together. Abdulhakim Sabah will talk about his work in Palestine to rebuild a failing education system and to combat widespread apathy in the context of a stalemate peace process.

  • 6.15pm Introduction by Andrew Linn, Westminster University – Social Responsibility and the University of Westminster.
  • 6.25pm Shamila Ahmed, Westminster University –  the role of social activism, and narratives of ‘the other’ in education.
  • 6.35pm Eric Appleby, Encompass Trust –  bringing divided communities together, empowering young leaders and volunteer opportunities.
  • 6.50pm Abdulhakim Sabbah, Project Hope – facts on the ground, restoring hope in a bleak climate, and volunteer opportunities. 
  • 7.10pm Q&A session, followed by nibbles and drinks, networking and an opportunity to find out more about volunteering in Palestine and the UK.

The event is open to all the students, staff of University of Westminster and members of the public. To register please go to:

Graduation Yearbook deadline 31st March 2017

Posted on: 29 March 2017
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Subject: Graduation Yearbook, Closing on Friday 31st March at midnight


The Class of 2017 Yearbook deadline is midnight on Friday 31st March

We’ve had loads of contributions but if you haven’t finished (or started!) your Yearbook entry online please do so ASAP at

It’s free to be included and will only take a few minutes of your time. Yearbooks will feature profiles, photos and memories of your time studying together. They will be professionally printed and handed out at the graduation ceremonies in the summer.

If you want to have your own Yearbook to collect, please ensure you pre-order it at . They are £25 each and can be posted out to you if you are not attending your ceremony.

 If you have any questions please feel free to email

With best wishes,

The Alumni Office working alongside GradFinale Yearbooks

GradFinale Yearbooks

Unit 3 Brook Court

Blakeney Road



 T: +44 (0)203 865 2813


What Can I Do With My Degree!?

Posted on: 15 March 2017
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What Can I Do With My Degree!?

English Literature and Language Alumni Panel

Struggling to know what you want to do/what you can do with a degree in English Literature/ Language? Or do you have an idea but but don’t know how to get started?

Join us on Tuesday 21 March at 13:00 for tea, cake and the chance to hear from three 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.


 Anna Beecher 

(English Literature with Creative Writing, 2012)

Poet, Writer and Performance Maker, FAT CONTENT Theatre Company

Anna Beecher is a writer, performance maker and multi award-winning poet. Her plays include Skin Of The Teeth (which premièred at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 before being performed at The Vaults festival), The Surplus, commissioned by Young Vic Taking Part and Living Things, created at Battersea Arts Centre. She performs regularly as a poet and storyteller with appearances including Latitude Festival, The Poetry Cafe and Glastonbury. As a facilitator, Anna has lead projects with young people, disabled children and adults, hospices, arts centres, museums and schools.

 Dilpreet Walia (English Literature with Creative Writing, 2012)

Writer and Puppeteer 

Dilpreet has recently completed a CBBC puppeteer internship, where she was working on Sesame Street and CBBC co-production called ‘The Furchester Hotel’. She is now writing for an upcoming showcase. She has a Masters in Screenwriting from The Met Film School, based at Ealing Studios and her animation-screenplay was chosen as a Quarter-finalist in the US with Screencraft’s ‘Family-friendly Script Contest’.

  Abhishake Gandhi (English Language and International Relations, 2012)

Senior Account Executive, Spreckley PR

PR and marketing professional experienced in B2B industries, with a keen interest in digital marketing and creativity. Further industry experience includes event management and advertising.

 Event Details

 Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017

Time: 13:00 – Late arrivals welcome

Venue: Room 352, Regent St Campus

Register: or find the event on Engage

 Please feel free to bring along your lunch too, we realise for many of you this is the break in the day.

Become a Friend of Arriving New Students (FANS)

Posted on: 13 March 2017
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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

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Pass Week 20 – 24 March 2017






Posted on: 28 February 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
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