As our first semester draws to a close, it is important to look back on our achievements so far! We are thrilled to share five amazing instances that have defined the success of our vibrant and talented community here at Westminster Business School.
Alumni Excellence: Celebrating the accomplishments of our esteemed alums
We are incredibly proud of our three Westminster Business School Alumni who were winners in this years Alumni Awards, making an impact across the globe.
Nevine Coutry, Marketing Communications MA graduate took home the Entrepreneurial Award after founding the UK’s first dating app for single parents. Her inspiring journey began after COVID-19 forced her to shut down her Marketing Agency. Instead of giving up on her dreams, she instead used this as an opportunity to explore a new industry by developing Playdate, which is now thriving with over 50,000 users!
Michael Mcpherson, or Kwame, MBA graduate, won the Outstanding Achievement Award. From recently winning the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize to having two of his stories exhibited in the University of West Indies Museum, Kwame’s writing has become internationally renowned!
Betty Nairuba, International Development Management MA graduate won the Social Impact Award. After experiencing first-hand how negative cultural beliefs and a lack of resources can limit young people’s options, Betty has made it her mission to impact the lives of marginalised people in local communities positively.
Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Westminster 11th for creating company founders
In a Novuna Business Cash Flow study, the University of Westminster secured the 11th spot among 121 UK universities for producing company founders. This accomplishment reflects our thriving culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, providing aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and support they need to succeed in the business world!
One of the key facilitators of this ranking is our entrepreneurial network, WeNetwork, which brings together students and recent graduates with industry to develop their entrepreneurial skills, participate in self-employment work and create or grow businesses! WeNetwork offers a wide range of events, competitions and opportunities for keen entrepreneurs to learn and has helped many students and alumni to have successful careers as freelancers, business owners and nurture their employability skills.
Innovating Charity: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Enterprise Development MSc students raise £5000
Seven groups of students competed to raise the most funds for a charity of their choice, using methods such as social media campaigns, selling second-hand clothes and fresh fruit juices!
The winning group, 5 Star, raising £1,662.48 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Other team achievements include Unity Blend Crafters raising £1020 for Water Aid, G&T raising £1007.70 for Save the Children, Mavericks raising £738 for Chattertots, Risk raiding £550 for Cancer Research and The Idea Factory raising £80 for London Reach.
Dr Spinder Dhaliwal, Reader in Entrepreneurship and leader of the Entrepreneurial Mindset and Opportunities Creation module said: “I was immensely proud of the hard work and enthusiasm of the students this semester. They tackled the charity fund-raising challenge with relish using their business acumen, creativity and resilience.”
Future 50 Recognition: WBS Alumni named top marketer
Sam Badcock, a Marketing Communications BA graduate, has been named as one of the Future 50 by the leading marketing and media publication, The Drum!
Sam has earned his spot as one of the top 50 emerging marketers through his work planning, strategising and executing campaigns at Havas. He has been a dedicated volunteer for the University since graduating in 2020, from facilitating work experience placements at Havas to participating in our What It Takes series to give advice on entering the world of work to our current students. Sam’s commitment to supporting students landed him the Exceptional Support of Students and Recent Graduates Award in this years Alumni Volunteering Awards!
Great British Entrepreneur awards: Aram Tufan nominated
Westminster Business School Alumni, winner of WeNetworks’ Big Ideas Competition and owner of Happy Student, Aram Tufan was one of eleven entrepreneurs shortlisted for the Early Stage Stand Outs category at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrate the achievements of the UK’s most innovative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs.
An honourable mention and achievement for our entire community is Westminster being given the Silver Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2023) Award: This recognition from the Office for Students underscores our commitment to delivering high-quality education and an outstanding student experience.
We cannot wait to see what growth, innovation, and success 2024 has in store for our Business school.
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