University of Westminster

The University of Westminster was founded at the heart of London in 1838 as Britain’s first polytechnic. Its mission is to shape the future of professional life through leadership and innovation in business, the professions and the creative industries. As a leading practice informed, research engaged university Westminster serves the needs of the capital’s diverse communities through partnership with the Westminster Group of Further Education Colleges and its extensive outreach and professional development programmes.

Westminster continues to secure international recognition for its research, education and collaborative achievements. Media and Communications hold a sustained reputation as world leading; Architecture is pre-eminent in London and the UK. Electronic Systems Engineering, Modern Languages and Intercultural studies, and Business and Management are notably distinctive.

Capacity building in higher education is a particular strength, acknowledged by the UK’s QAA in its 2011 audit report on Westminster International University in Tashkent, which was co-founded by the University in 2002. The Times Higher Award in 2013 recognised the international development project in Flexible Learning models for Medical Molecular Biology in the Southern Caucasus. This Tempus supported work has now been extended to include Ukraine in 2014.

London Higher Europe Contact:

Professor Andrew Linn, Head of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Pro-Vice Chancellor with responsibility for Research.​ 


Managing, preserving and computing with big research data: Annotated, Sustainable Collection Infrastructure (ASCI)- H2020-EINFRA-2014-1

This proposal will enable institutions without permanent digital humanities specialists to create and manage large and complex digital collections through a complete open-source archive ecosystem. Without structured annotation metadata digital collections cannot be searched effectively unless the software has been customised to the collection. The goal is to deliver a complete infrastructure for pan-European collections, thereby solving the sustainability challenges posed by rapidly evolving applications technology. Interdisciplinarity and a commonality of approaches to the study of modern and contemporary China characterise the work of the consortium: Universitat Heidelberg (UHEI), the lead partner, has developed the Tamboti multi-platform open source facility. Professor Barbara Mittler, whose pioneering work on digital technologies in the humanities set the foundations for making China materials accessible through multimedia resources, will be the Principal Investigator. University of Westminster’s Data Futures Laboratory led by Professor Peter Cornwell, creator of the freizo digital collection migration platform, will be the project coordinator; Professor...

YouthGuides capacity building and cooperation for visual artists through digital place making with young people

Youth Guides is concerned with digital place making in Europe and beyond. It brings together creative organisations from the UK, Lithuania, Spain, Latvia, Bangladesh and Brasil to engage through art with disenfranchised young people. Facilitated by artists,  young project participants will learn to audio-visually document their neighbourhoods and by doing so acquire new skills in creative imagination, sound, imaging and digital media in workshops held in each partner location. They will construct interactive websites about their neighbourhoods that form part of a YouthGuides hub, and offer an alternative visitor information source. This visual sharing of each others’ places and ways of life will be complemented by a moderated blog that enables the young participants to talk about their interests and concerns, facilitated by translation, that helps them to cross boundaries in their thinking, value other experiences and perspectives, and that opens up future possibilities for creative exchange and civil engagement. Know-how...