Clearing 2017: Our students show UWL is the home of opportunity

Clearing at UWL is open

With Clearing still open we turn the spotlight upon students’ achievements at two of the university’s Schools - the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism and the Claude Littner Business School.

It has been a fantastic year at the University of West London, with the National Students’ Survey (NSS) ranking us the best modern university in London for student satisfaction.

*Modern universities are defined as higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992. UWL received the rankings listed above when compared to all other modern universities ranked in the guides / surveys cited.

Both CLBS and LGCHT have played an important role in this success. CLBS was voted best in London for Accounting by students, who also gave the BA Accounting and Finance course a perfect score of 100% satisfaction. Meanwhile, the NSS rated LGCHT as the top modern institution in London for learning opportunities.

With students at the heart of everything we do, this article highlights some of the achievements which came via opportunities the university provides its students, in line with our mission as The Career University. They show that enrolling on a course at UWL during Clearing is the right call for learners who want to succeed in the world of work.

London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism

Postgraduate student Francesca Kelsall, 24, featured in the Financial Times in July this year after winning a place on Intercontinental Hotels Group’s prestigious ‘Future Leaders’ graduate scheme. She was identified by artificial intelligence computer software as being among the best of the next generation of talent in the hospitality sector.

article on Francesca Kelsall in the Financial Times

Students showcased their skills by working with renowned celebrity chef Raymond Blanc at the College’s award-winning Pillars restaurant, on a gourmet meal for the French Ambassador as part of the Gout de France festival. Top diplomat Sylvie Bermann praised the high quality cuisine, saying: ‘The menu prepared by students from London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism was a delicious tribute to the best of French cuisine.'

James Edmunds, Dean of LGCHT, said: ‘Events like this expose students to rich food cultures, which is great preparation for their careers in the international hospitality and catering industry.’

UWL students with chef Raymond Blanc

Elsewhere, there was success for three students who achieved a clean sweep of medals in the Wessex Salon Culinaire competition, beating 450 other competitors across three categories in the process.

UWL students preparing food display

Student Matt Jennett won first prize in the Institute of Food Science and Technology’s Young Scientist competition, for his academic research on artificial sweetener.

Claude Littner Business School

Student Christian Cianciulci won a competition for a summer placement at private equity firm, Lyceum Capital. He impressed the company with his selection of potential investments. Partner Dan Adler said: 'We are excited about working with CLBS students on this project. It is vital for firms such as ours to engage with the next generation of business leaders, who can bring a fresh perspective to our investment theses.'

Student Christian Cianciulc, who won a competition for a summer placement at private equity firm, Lyceum Capital.

Elsewhere, business students joined forces with Brentford FC - the English Football League Championship club - to lend their marketing skills to real-world projects. UWL is a proud sponsor of the Bees and there are regular opportunities to collaborate with the club on a variety of tasks. A Brentford FC spokesman said: ‘We were very impressed with both the students’ professionalism and aptitude and also their willingness and ability to learn quickly on the job. This helped ensure the project was completed successfully and on time.’

Meanwhile, a three-strong group finished in a strong second place at the University Trading Challenge at the Cass Business School, in central London. Karolina Venckute, Sergio Fernadez and Mindaugas Savicius performed strongly to take silver across four challenges, in trading, investment banking, portfolio and treasury. 

CLBS students have also been taking opportunities to gain valuable real world experience as part of the School’s business consultancy service for companies in the west London area, helping to boost local businesses.

A wealth of opportunities exist at UWL for developing vital skills which lead to successful and rewarding careers, which is why applying via Clearing is the right call this week.

So why not make a good call this summer and apply to UWL through Clearing on our free hotline: 0800 036 8888. Lines open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm and you can also apply by calling during the Bank Holiday Weekend of 26-28 August.

Apply to UWL through Clearing on our free hotline: 0800 036 8888. Lines open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Special extended opening hours on Thursday (17) and Friday (18) August 7am – 8pm.