• The Quintin Hogg Trust is committed to supporting a wide range of projects, with a single criterion that the project must contribute to the advancement of education for students of the University of Westminster.

Below, there are some examples of projects and activities we've supported in the past, but they are just examples: we encourage applications from across the University.

After Suicide: How are those bereaved in the UK being supported?

Chloe Payne, BA Sociology, 2018

I received funding for my dissertation project: ‘After Suicide: How are those bereaved in the UK being supported?’ which included interviewing nine participants on their experiences following bereavement by suicide. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, I felt it was necessary for me to have training in how to approach someone in a mental health crisis and give the right advice before attempting to interview people at high risk of emotional distress. These courses are more expensive than I could afford, but without them I wouldn’t have been able to take the best avenue for understanding this important topic.

The Mental Health First Aid course took place over two days and was provided by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). I also used the funding for a membership with the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The IASP membership allowed me to have access to journal articles that were central to my dissertation research. I believe this greatly assisted me in getting a first class mark of 80/100.

The confidence I gained from the MHFA course has helped me feel comfortable using mental health first aid skills in everyday life and will be a valuable asset for me on future applications. After university I plan to do a masters or PhD in mental health which will hopefully lead to a career in researching suicide. The funding not only gave me the opportunity to get the best possible experience from my dissertation project, but the training and membership of the IASP gave me two extra things to add onto my CV and talk about in interviews.

I want to thank all donors so much for their contributions. Receiving the grant made a huge difference to the end of my time at Westminster by making my dissertation topic possible.

Staring out in the competitive world of fashion photography

Anna Cornish, BA Photography, 2018

Thanks to The 125 Fund I was able to invest in a high quality camera lens, helping me to continue my dream of being a photographer. Quite literally this lens will be the backbone to my future career and I cannot thank the 125 Fund donors enough. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and I will not fail to disappoint you with your investment in me. It means so much to me and I am sure I can speak for all of the other beneficiaries when I say it’s amazing that there are people like yourselves who are helping young creatives achieve their dreams.

When I started University I was unsure if the experience would be worth it because of the amount of debt I would be in afterwards and because I was aware of how competitive it is for jobs once we graduate. I had to work part-time throughout my course to help pay for my rent, bills and general expenditures.

Since investing in a new lens I have already been offered a couple of freelance jobs which has meant I have been adding to my portfolio. I have also been shortlisted for a very exciting job to potentially be one of three shooting for an independent label at the London Fashion Week

This award has been extremely motivating and I know it will help my career path in becoming the successful photographer I have been working towards.

The Dying Mountain – exploring our changing climate

Kai Newton and Kieran Innes, Contemporary Media Practice, 2018

Our final year project, The Dying Mountain, is a short form documentary that explores our changing climate and specifically how this is impacting Icelandic glaciers. We travelled to the Sólheimajökull Glacier in southern Iceland and spent a week speaking with local tour guides as well as representatives from the Iceland Met Office. The film shows how the glacier is retreating at an astonishing rate and is on track to have completely disappeared within the next 200 years if global warming continues at its current rate.

The funding helped us tremendously with our final major project. Most of our budget had to go on accommodation, transport, etc. and we had very little left over for the extra equipment we needed, so The 125 Fund really helped us in this aspect. There is no doubt that our project could not have had the production quality that it did without help from The 125 Fund. On a personal level, university is an incredibly expensive thing to do so having the help from The 125 Fund for our final major project was amazing.

I am trying to pursue a career as a freelance Director of Photography. The funds have helped me to gain a greater understanding of the kit that I will be regularly using as a DOP. As well as becoming a DOP, I want to create my own documentaries which initially are incredibly low budget and hiring kit is not possible; so already having all the kit needed to create a film alleviates the issue.

On behalf of Kieran Innes and myself, we hugely appreciate the grant from The 125 Fund. It has helped the development and production of our final major project massively, and without it I honestly don’t think it would have been possible for us to create the film. The Fund was an integral part to the documentary and the kit we bought with it is going to help us on future productions in the same way it helped our project. I want to say thanks The 125 Fund receiving a grant was one of the highlights of our time at the University of Westminster

AIA Architecture Conference

Richard Morrison and Yannis Hajigeorgis, March RIBA Part 2, 2018

Our funding was linked to our final year thesis projects and the areas of interest that we both share. We are both interested in the role of technology in architecture and the conference topics ‘Technology’s Dark Side: New Threats to the Practice of Architecture’ and ‘Millennials & Baby Boomers: Calibrating Healthcare Design for Generational Distinctiveness’ were both fascinating discussions that broadened our understanding of technology’s role within the industry. In addition, Colour & Paint in Environments for the Aging’ expanded my interest in design for the elderly – something which proved useful in a recent job interview when asked about my interest in architecture outside of an academic setting.

The trip was also a fantastic opportunity for networking. We each received business cards and various offers of employment from the trip, which we have been pursuing since returning to the UK. For two young architects at the beginning our careers, the location of the conference offered an exciting prospect for networking and future career aspirations.

We were over the moon when we found out we had been awarded the funding. The trip was a fantastic way to round off our time at the University and act as a spring-board to the next stage of our careers. We both agreed that the funding is a great asset to the University – something we always mention to friends who are considering attending Westminster. Overall, we feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity.

On a personal level, the trip has broadened our horizons in terms of architecture, reading about cities is one thing but visiting them is another and being able to see one of the world’s densest metropolises up-close was fantastic. We are both interested in living abroad- specifically in America, and the conference has been a great way of making this dream closer to a reality. Just the experience of being in New York and seeing some of the biggest and most impressive architecture projects in the world was a great way of expanding our architectural vocabulary and preparing us for job interviews at some of the larger firms whose work we have now seen up-close.

We are extremely grateful for the opportunity the funding provided us with. The trip enabled us to simultaneously expand our understanding of architectural topics, experience US culture and progress our careers. It also acted as a fantastic bridge between our studies at Westminster and our new jobs. Thank you to The 125 Fund, I hope this scheme can continue to grow and build on the success it has already established this past year.

The Good Food Embassy
Edoardo Ruggiero, Business Management (Finance), 2020

“The Good Food Embassy” started as a small food stall in the Sunday market in Brick Lane but is now becoming a great business opportunity and a wonderful personal and professional experience. After several years working in the catering industry and after covering different managerial positions, I decided to start studying at the University of Westminster to enhance my employability and increase my knowledge in business. The University gave me the confidence to start my own business and since the very beginning I realised that it could grow along with my studies. The use of accounting tools gave me the knowledge to better understand costs, set the right prices and control more efficiently the operating expenses.

Thanks to The 125 Fund, we had the possibility to consider new solutions and possibilities, such as catering for private events, expanding our menu and buying new machinery and equipment. This change has been crucial in defining a new way of delivering amazing customer service and great food. We established a collaboration with The Hot Milk Coffee Shop in Bounds Green which will allow us to cater on a regular basis as “special guests”. Currently we are working on potential deals with well-established London businesses and planning to launch our own website.

When I received the letter from the University stating that The Good Food Embassy had been awarded a grant from The 125 Fund, I was truly happy and grateful. It is such a great feeling to understand that there are people ready to help us build something we believe in, and that our efforts and dreams are understood and appreciated. Receiving The 125 Fund made the Good Food Embassy more visible, not just to those who invested in it, but to the whole student community. The relationship between my business and the university course has also made understanding the subject much easier. Converting theory into practice in the short-term can make a difference in the learning process, especially when the practice considered is running your own business.

Thanks to all the donors who kindly gave me and The Good Food Embassy the chance to keep improving and expanding.The 125 Fund gave me the confidence to keep believing in myself and to keep chasing my dreams. Thank you so much!

Childhood obesity and the potential cancer risk
Moonisah Usman, PhD Biomedical Sciences, 2019

Moonisah attends the 25th Biennial Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research: her topic childhood obesity and the potential cancer risk.

My PhD project is about a disorder that affects over a third of the childhood population in the UK – obesity. Over the last three years I have worked immensely hard by collaborating with two NHS hospitals to uncover the potential cancerous effects of increased body fat in children. This year, I finally established a range of significant, compelling findings that I was able to disseminate on an international level at the prestigious 25th Biennial Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research: thanks to funding from The 125 Fund.

I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out I had received the funds. I was extremely excited that a financial barrier had been lifted and I could go abroad and network with leading researchers in my field. I do not come from a privileged background and so the funds really meant a lot to me – my parents were extremely proud as well.

My research has benefitted hugely from the exposure at the conference. My abstract was published in an open access journal and I have been able to share this work with our collaborators – strengthening our ties and considering what we could investigate next.

Naturally untamed
Zoe Power, Herbal Medicine with Foundation, 2010

Zoe Power, Herbal Medicine with Foundation, 2020

Zoe’s stated aim was demanding to say the least! – “By the end of 2018 I would like my website to be up and running and I would like to have released at least three products to the market”. However with the award from the 125 Fund and consultancy mentoring she received she is well on the way and has achieved her first goal.

Naturally Untamed – 125 Fund

For the past year I have been working on starting my own company, making and selling natural herbal cosmetic products. I had already decided on a name (Naturally Untamed) and I was experimenting and coming up with new creations. Having to constantly research different creations meant that I was spending a lot of my student loan. Luckily I came across The 125 Fund- I applied and received funding for ingredients, trademarking and domain.

In addition to the funding, I received an email offering free consultancy in entrepreneurship from alumnus volunteer Dennis Lucan (BA Entrepreneurship, 2017). I quickly responded and within a week had my first meeting. I assumed it would be a one off meeting of useful advice, however Dennis spent hours listening to my ideas and began setting up an action plan. Each consultancy meeting became a milestone that I overcame and within a few months I had a registered trademark, my own website and a better understanding of the regulations of selling products in the UK. Four months on and I am Founder and CEO of my registered company Naturally Untamed Ltd and I have released my first product to the market, a Peppermint Lip Balm.

I honestly don’t know how I would have been able to achieve this if it wasn’t for The 125 Fund and those consultancy meetings. I would have spent the funding naively without taking some necessary steps in order start a business. In a short space of time I feel a lot more in control of the field that I am in and I can now see a clearer future in terms of my business. It has given me such motivation to study harder as I am putting my learning into action, and already kick-starting my career.

By the end of 2018 I would like my website to be up and running and I would like to have released at least three products to the market.

A huge thank you to the donors that have given generously to The 125 Fund. Thanks to you I have been able to kick start my career while studying at University; I have made my passion become a reality that I am now able to share it with others.


Fulfiling an animators dream
Maheen Farrukh, BA Animation, 2020

I received a grant from The 125 Fund to purchase a Wacom drawing tablet. My family supports my education with difficulty and I take care of my personal expenses through part-time jobs, therefore affording anything above that was out of question. Before having a drawing tablet, I would use a regular mouse to draw but it would take double the time and produce very untidy and low-quality results, even after putting in so much effort. I just wasn’t able to produce the kind of work I needed.

When I found out I had been awarded a grant from The 125 Fund I was in shock! Being an international student, it really felt like I am not alone or a stranger in this country and I can also get help like all other local students can. I come from a country where the government doesn’t provide any student funding. This is a great way to help international students who cannot receive any loans or student grants for their education support.

I plan on to work as a 2D or 3D animator in the film industry after my graduation. I am looking forward to creating a versatile show reel that displays a variety of animation skills. The funding helped me acquire the essential tools needed to develop and build my skills for the career ahead. It has also taught me a more professional way to work as an animator. I feel more confident in presenting my work and motivated to try out new techniques every day. It has also groomed my drawing skills as an Artist.

I am extremely grateful to receive these funds and would like to say thank you to the donors. Your generosity has really help me develop my skills further as an animator and benefit the most from my degree course, which I believe will make not just a one-time, but a lifetime difference.

The voices of children and young people in decisions affecting their lives

A project funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust

Although the right of young people to have a voice in decisions affecting their lives has gained considerable recognition, this is often not meaningfully achieved in spite of the acknowledged importance of such participation.

A group of researchers at Westminster Law School undertook a research project to directly involve school students in order to encourage their engagement in this issue as well as their commitment to help meet this challenge. The project was funded by The Quintin Hogg Trust. The research project team was eager to support the students in trying to make a difference to the way in which the voice of young people is ascertained, acknowledged and addressed by society in decisions about their lives. We felt that, by involving 16/17 year old school students within a structured framework, where they were able to consider and articulate the areas of law and social policy that impact upon them, and which matter most to them in their everyday lives, we would have the opportunity to work together to provide an effective and worthwhile contribution to the policy debate in these areas

Please follow link to the full Briefing Paper

Match-funding the alumni fund

In 2017, as part of the celebrations for its 125th anniversary, the University of Westminster set up the 125 Fund – inviting alumni to donate to a fund that would then give individual students small grants to purchase study equipment, develop projects or aid with their professional development. To incentivise donations, we agreed to match-fund every pound donated, up to a total of £125,000. We were delighted to meet some of the students who benefited from this funding – receiving often small amounts that have made a huge difference to their study experience.


Bringing international students to FAB FEST

FAB FEST is an international event and competition run by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Students from the University and guest teams from around the world create cardboard pavilions – which then play host to a range of activities and entertainment for students, children and adults. We agreed to help fund the participation of international students.

Read more about FAB FEST

The Regent Street Cinema

In 1896, the Lumière Brothers showed the first film in the UK. The location: the Grade II listed Regent Street Cinema – at the University of Westminster’s headquarters on 309 Regent Street. It remained a working cinema for many years but closed in 1980, becoming purely a lecture theatre. In 2012, the University began a project to restore this historic building. We were delighted to give £1 million towards the refurbishment of the Regent Street Cinema and in 2015 it reopened to the public and for film studies. This considerable capital donation enabled the completion of a flagship project which met our objects and those of the University.

Find out more about the Regent Street Cinema

Refurbishment of the photography studios

In 2017, we gave a grant of to the Faculty of Media Art and Design enable the refurbishment of the photography studios used by students. The Faculty used the money to acquire high-end equipment for digital imaging and to expand its digital suite. The studios are now amongst the very best in the UK, whether in a university or the professional sphere, and provide an outstanding environment to learn in.

Enabling 22 students to take up PhD places

Doctoral research is integral to a University’s international reputation, and to its ability to retain ambitious staff. But paying for a PhD is costly, especially for those who have already undertaken four years of study – meaning talented students from lower income backgrounds too often have to put their dreams of research outside. In previous years QHT has funded PhDs as part of a range of projects but this year the Trust is sponsoring 22 PhD students over the next 3 years to undertake a wide range of studies across the University.

Recognising those who reach out

One of Quintin Hogg’s goals was to provide education for all. In funding the University of Westminster Outreach scholarships, we’re supporting that aim. The scholarships, worth up to £4,000 a year, are available to students who have taken part in activities that seek to engage the local community with University education: taster events, masterclasses and programmes such as the Westminster Skills Clubs. Spending time in these events benefits the community, but also enriches the individual student’s experience.

Kick-starting a mentoring scheme

In 2017, we allocated money to help set up a student mentoring scheme across the University. Such schemes have demonstrated their value at other institutions, providing students with the targeted support and guidance they need. Our funding paid for some initial training for mentors and the development of information and promotion materials.