• 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.

125 Funding enables PhD student to participate and collaborate at an international conference.

Moonisah Usman, PhD Biomedical Sciences, 2019 - 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.

125 Fund supports international student with essential equipment to help fulfil an animators dream

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

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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.