The University of West London (UWL)’s Graduate Summer Showcase closed with an invited audience, including the new Mayor of Ealing and alumni, celebrating at the VIP finale. Exhibitions from students across the University were on display, computing students talked about their graduate projects, and the evening event featured highlights from the week.
Computer Science student Geoff Griffiths talked visitors through his mindfulness app my 99 words, revealing the challenges faced during its creation and taking interesting questions from the audience about its future and how to market it. The audience discussed mindfulness, currently a hot topic, as well as the technical aspects of the app. Other graduating students presented topics ranging from how to solve a Rubik’s Cube to interactive use of mobile phones during lectures.
The evening event opened with musical theatre students performing a scene from Assassins, and students from the same course also brought the show to a close with an energetic performance of The Baddest and the Best from the musical Bad Girls.
In between these two ensemble pieces, musical entertainment also included an excerpt from Dido and Aeneas and three London College of Music singers performing I’m Not The Only One by Sam Smith and James Napier. Throughout the evening the audience were shown short videos from the University’s schools which featured students doing everything from examining a ‘crime scene’ to performing procedures on a medical dummy.
The best of the week’s events were highlighted, with a superlative selection of the final year fashion collections from Thursday night gracing the VIP stage. There was also a montage of highlights from graduating film production students, whose experimental, drama and documentary work was shown on Tuesday.
One innovation of the night was the use of roving reporter Ryan Full, who broadcast live from around the campus into Weston Hall where the audience were seated. The technical team behind these live broadcasts also included students, who deserve credit for their technical skills in making the show run so smoothly. These technical skills also allowed a band to broadcast live from the Blast radio studios while their singer performed Jamiroquai hit Canned Heat with dancers in the hall.
Speaking after the finale showcase, Stephen Fry of the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce said,
‘This has been a wonderful evening. The talent on display at the University is fantastic.’
You can view the VIP Showcase, and watch as if you were there.