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Leaders Mentoring Opportunity

University of Westminster on Marylebone Road is seeking CEOs and Executives to take part in its ‘Leadership Experiences’ programme in the summer.

The programme is part of the University’s Westminster Employability Award (WEA), designed to challenge students to improve their ‘employability’. Through the award, the students commit to participating in a number of inhouse activities and experiences alongside their studies, such as mentoring sessions and careers-focussed talks, to support their professional skills and growth.

Spaces on the programme are offered to students who demonstrate the greatest commitment to enhancing their professional skills and employment prospects, evidenced by completing the highest level of the WEA and becoming a Westminster Employability Award Leader. The aim of the ‘Leadership Experiences’ is to give them exclusive access to industry leaders and an insight into the kind of day that a senior executive might experience in their career. With many of the University’s students from diverse backgrounds, the programme offers an incredible opportunity for participants that may not have otherwise been accessible.

Our CEO Penny Alexander, who took part in the programme last summer, commented “I found the experience incredibly valuable and provided me with a unique opportunity to share my knowledge and experience of leadership to help get someone started on their career path”.

The Leadership Experiences are awarded in June and then take place between July and September 2024, with suggested activities including:

  • Shadowing a leader
  • Welcome and introduction to organisation/workplace tour and ‘meet the team’
  • Observing a meeting such as strategy development, project planning, a site visit or with external clients.
  • Tour of different departments or meeting specialists (e.g. Finance, Sales, Marketing, Procurement)
  • Informal mentoring: exploring the student’s professional ambitions
  • Public speaking and presentation support
  • Interview and application advice

For more information, get in touch with Laura Hughes, Head of Alumni Relations, l.hughes@westminster.ac.uk, or Tom Ashman, Business Engagement Projects Manager, t.ashman@westminster.ac.uk.

In addition to the above, the University also has some other opportunities for local businesses to get involved in:

The University’s Industry Exchange Programme, the Westminster IXN, enables companies to access students from the School of Computer Science and Engineering to explore technological solutions to address business challenges. The students typically create proof of concepts or prototypes to demonstrate how these challenges can be tackled, offering valuable insights to the company. This can include AI and Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Exploration, and Visualisation, Cybersecurity and Risk Analysis, and Web and App Development.

If you are a business interested in this programme, please complete the expression of interest form here, and a member of the team will be in contact.

And, on 12 April, the University is inviting guests from local organisations, charities, groups and businesses to its Regent Street campus for its Connect, Collaborate, Create Live Art networking event. The event will showcase some of the University’s unique venues – concert halls, cinema, theatres, and galleries – across all of its central London sites, including on Marylebone Road, and will allow guests to explore ways to create collaborations to bring live performance projects to life.

Event details: Friday 12 April, 17:30, Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster’s Regent Street Campus, 309 Regent Street W1B 2HT.

Drinks and snacks will be provided and all guests are welcome. RSVP here.

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