"Westminster Extra" is the name we've given to the broad range of extra-curricular opportunities available to you at the University.
All of our extra-curricular opportunities aim to help you develop the skills and experience needed to succeed in your studies and beyond. Last year, over 2,500 students participated and benefited from these opportunities.
There are opportunities for paid employment through the Talent Bank and Student Ambassador scheme. You can also take part in paid internships or can apply to be mentored.
You can prove and develop your skills through volunteering and can be a mentor to other students by becoming a ‘Friend of Arriving New Students’. Our Westminster Associates Scheme provides training and school placements if you're interested in embarking on a teacher training course or becoming a teacher.
General advice and help
For a full list of teams and staff who can help you with a range of issues, visit our contacts directory.
Our Students' Union plays a key role in representing students and there is a Students' Union welfare adviser on each campus. Their advisers can offer guidance and support independent of the University and can support you in pursuing appeals, complaints and disciplinary matters. For more information and contact details, Visit the Students' Union website.
Thainings and Study Skills
Get the best from your studies with sessions to help you improve your IT, academic writing and study and research skills. These training and study skills sessions can help you with your coursework and exams as well as give you valuable skills for the workplace when you graduate.
From finding out how to make the most of our libraries, to gaining qualifications in Adobe software, our sessions can help you with every aspect of your studies.
Training and study skills sessions are led by the Academic Learning Development, IT Trainingand Academic Liaison Librarian teams. They are open to all students free of charge, and take place at all our campuses.
The Student Advisers give specialist advice and support on a range of issues including:
- student finance for undergraduate UK and EU students (funding eligibility, delays with your funding, funding for when you have to repeat any year/s, implications of previous study on funding and of withdrawing from or suspending your course) See our Fees and funding pagesfor more information.
- Funding for postgraduate students, See the Postgraduate funding page.
- Information for International students, including advice on immigration and Visas. For full Visa information visit our Student Visas page.
- fee status queries. Information about your fee status can be found in our Fees FAQ
- Social Security benefits if you are a parent or have a disability. You may be eligible for benefits during your studies, find out more on our Benefits page.
- money management
- Council Tax liability. Remember, your Council Tax Exemption Certificate is issued by your Faculty Registry Office. Take a look at our Council Tax page for more details.
- advice and support for care leavers. Our Care Leavers leaflet (PDF) explains how we can help and support you.
We can advise you about your entitlements, visa options and applications and, if necessary liaise on your behalf with the relevant body such as Student Finance England, the Benefit department or the Home Office.
Help with managing your money
If you need help organising your finances, the service's Financial Capability Adviser can offer support and guidance.
Immigration and visas
The Student Advisers are the only members of staff in the University who are authorised to give immigration and visa advice.
We can give you advice on:
- applying for an extension of your student visa
- what work you are allowed to do during your course
- visas for working after your course ends
- visas for dependants.
The Tier 4 student visa rules are complicated. If you need to extend your visa, your application must be completely correct, otherwise it may be rejected or refused by the UK Border Agency. It is very important to have your application checked before you send it.