At a time when students are having to worry about day-to-day costs more than ever, resulting in distractions from their studies and impacts on their mental health, there is a real risk of students derailing their future careers before they have even begun. The Ignite Fund is key to making sure students can keep their educational dream alight and realise their potential

One student, Cumali, wrote:

“I am so incredibly grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I am the first person in my family to go to university, so to not only be going to university, but also to be chosen for the Ignite Fund makes me incredibly happy and proud of what I can accomplish. Thank you to all the University’s alumni and donors.”

Since 2016, through the support of our kind and generous alumni, in addition to the generously matched funding provided by the Quintin Hogg Trust, we have supported over 700 students with opportunities which would not have been possible otherwise. Whether it is starting a business, purchasing expensive equipment or gaining an extra certificate or accreditation in an in-demand skill, none of these opportunities would have happened without the generous support from our community.

In March 2023, nearly £60,000 of funds raised was awarded to 170 students, giving them a unique opportunity to develop their skills and enhance their CVs. However, with well over 300 applications received for funds totalling £360,000, there is still a lot of work to be done.

As a community, pulling together and doing our part where we are financially able to, we can ensure that no students are left behind, and that they have access to opportunities today which will help them to become the global citizens of tomorrow.

Please show your support and help Westminster students reach their full potential by donating to the Ignite Fund today.

Watch the video from this years celebration event where you can hear from some of the students who have received funding and how it has supported them: