a 2017 highlights wrap up

It has been another big year at Regent's University London in 2017. From installing a new Chancellor, to continuing the success of the Regent's fashion shows, we take back a look at some of the highlights.

Back in January, Regent's launched the UK's first Equestrian Polo Scholarship to two recipients who could demonstrate excellence in polo and wanted to become ambassadors for both Regent’s and the sport. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

Explaining his own polo experience, team captain and scholarship receipient James Russell Taylor, a second year Regent’s Global Business Management student, said:

“When I first started at Regent’s polo was probably the furthest thing from my mind. Then I saw a taster-day advertised and there were a few wooden horses on the lawn so I thought I’d try.

“It’s a tough sport, but the challenge is the best thing about it.

“Regent’s has had a long tradition of polo excellence and it’s great to see this commitment to further developing our team, and other sport across the University.”

A month later, Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG, was installed as Regent’s new Chancellor at a special ceremony on Tuesday 21 February, 2017. 

In March, in a world-first partnership, Bloomsbury Publishing and Regent’s University London launched a new fashion marketing scholarship that will enables one student an exclusive industry internship with the leading publishing house and £4,000 towards the cost of their programme.

The winning student receives an internship and mentoring from Bloomsbury, plus unparalleled access to their award-winning digital archive resources.

Image caption: L-R: Regent’s University London’s Gill Stark with Bloomsbury Publishing’s Jennifer Howell and Darren Amner at the London Bloomsbury Office.

More than 600 people attended the Regent’s final-year fashion show in May, an event which welcomed a veritable ‘who’s who’ of industry names, including fashion entrepreneur, designer and chair of the Costume Society, Sylvia Ayton MBE, along with representatives from brands including Nike and Monsoon.

August was a particularly fruitful month for the university - two Regent’s degree programmes achieved top marks in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS).

The BA (Hons) International Events Management was placed equal first in the UK for student satisfaction, while the BSc (Hons) Psychology was in the top 10.

The University's first ever NSS results showed incredibly high student satisfaction, including achieving a 100% student satisfaction rate in the survey category of Tourism, Transport and Travel.

At a time when many university students were recovering from a well-earned break and preparing to return to their studies, two students, Antoine Soulard and Jamie Chu, drove from Cochin in southern India, to Jaisalmer in the north of the country, using only a rickshaw.

The unusual mode of transport, which is uniquely unsuited to the perilous 14-day, 2500km journey, is all part of a charity challenge titled ‘the Rickshaw Run,’ which Antoine and Jamie embraced to raise funds for ‘Cool Earth,’ which helps indigenous people support their local rain forests.

As another successful academic year comes to a close for the University, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all a restful and enjoyable break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!