City University London
|Motto||To serve mankind|
|Established||2016 – constituent college of University of London
1966 – gained university status by royal charter
1894 – Northampton Institute
1852 – Inns of Court School of Law
|Endowment||£8.9 m (as of 31 July 2013)|
|Chancellor||Lord Mayor of the City of London ex officio|
|Vice-Chancellor||Sir Paul Curran|
|Location||London, United Kingdom
|Colours||Red and White|
|Affiliations||Association of MBAs
City University London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and became a university when City University was created by royal charter in 1966. The Inns of Court School of Law, which merged with City University in 2001, was established in 1852, making it the university's oldest constituent part.
City University has its main campus in the Islington area of central London, with additional campuses in the City of London and the Holborn, Smithfield and Whitechapel areas of London. It is organised into seven schools, within which there are around 40 academic departments and centres, including the City University Department of Journalism, the Cass Business School and the Inns of Court School of Law (part of the City Law School).
City University had a total income of £178.6 million in 2010/11, of which £8 million was from research grants and contracts. Cass Business school is ranked 2nd in London and top 40 in the world. In 2015 it was ranked 301st in the world according to the QS World University Rankings and is included in Times Higher Education's list of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old. City University is a member of the Association of MBAs, EQUIS and Universities UK.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Organisation and administration
- 4 Academics
- 5 Student life
- 6 Notable people
- 7 References
- 8 External links
City University traces its origin to the Northampton Institute, established in 1852 and named after the Marquess of Northampton who donated the land on which the institute was built, between Northampton Square and St John Street in Islington. The institute was established to provide for the education and welfare of the local population. It was constituted under the City of London Parochial Charities Act (1883), with the objective of "the promotion of the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women belonging to the poorer classes".
Northampton Polytechnic Institute was an institute of technology in Clerkenwell, London, founded in 1894. Alumni include Colin Cherry, Stuart Davies and Anthony Hunt. Arthur George Cocksedge, a British gymnast who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics, was a member of the Northampton Polytechnic Institute's Gymnastics Club and was Champion of the United Kingdom in 1920. In 1937. Maurice Dennis of the (Northampton Polytechnic ABC) was the 1937 ABA Middleweight Champion. Frederick Handley Page was a lecturer in aeronautics at the institute. The Handley Page Type A, the first powered aircraft designed and built by him, ended up as an instructional airframe at the school. The novelist Eric Ambler studied engineering at the institute.
The six original departments at the institute were Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering; Artistic Crafts; Domestic Economy and Women's Trades; Electro-Chemistry; Horology (the science of time and art of clock-making); and Mechanical Engineering and Metal Trades.
In 1903–04 a separate technical optics department was established. In 1909 the first students qualified for University of London BSc degrees in engineering as internal students. Since 1909 the institute had been involved in aeronautics education, and in 2009 the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences celebrated the centenary of aeronautics at City. In 1908 the Institute was used for the Olympic Games. Boxing took place at the Institute.
In 1961 the institute's involvement in information science began with the introduction of a course on "Collecting and Communicating Scientific Knowledge". In 1966 City received its royal charter, becoming "The City University" to reflect the institution's close links with the City of London. In 1971 the Apollo 15 astronauts visited City University and presented the vice-chancellor, Tait, with a piece of heat shield from the Apollo 15 rocket.
In October 1995 it was announced that City University would merge with both the St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery and the Charterhouse College of Radiography, doubling the number of students in City's Institute of Health Sciences to around 2,500.
City University formed a strategic alliance with Queen Mary, University of London in April 2001. In May 2001, a major fire in the college building gutted the fourth floor offices and roof. In August 2001 City University and the Inns of Court School of Law agreed to merge. Following a donation from Sir John Cass's Foundation, a multi-million pound building was built at 106 Bunhill Row for the Cass Business School.
A new £23 million building to house the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Language and Communication Science was opened in 2004. In January 2006, City University announced that the Cass Business School would be opening a new campus in Canary Wharf's One Canada Square, specialised in courses designed for senior managers. The reconstruction and redevelopment of the university's Grade II listed college building (following the fire in 2001) was completed in July 2006.
In 2007 the School of Arts received a £10m building refurbishment. A new students' union venue opened in October 2008 called "TEN squared", which provides a hub for students to socialise in during the day and hosts a wide range of evening entertainment including club nights, society events and quiz nights.
In January 2010, premises were shared with the University of East Anglia (UEA) London, following City University's partnership with INTO University Partnerships. Since then City University has resumed its own International Foundation Programme to prepare students for their pre-university year. In April 2011, it was announced that the current halls of residence and Saddler's Sports Centre will be closed and demolished for rebuilding in June 2011. It was proposed that the new halls of residence and the sports centre would be reopened in September 2013.
Other academic sites are:
- Holborn – City Law School (incorporating Inns of Court School of Law)
- Islington – Sir John Cass Business School
- Middlesex Street, London – INTO City
The School of Health Sciences, is geographically the largest school with sites in:
- Northampton Square
- Old Street area – Fight for Sight Optometry Clinic
- Goswell Road – Radiography
- Smithfield and Whitechapel – Nursing and Midwifery
Organisation and administration
The Chancellor of City University is the Lord Mayor of the City of London ex officio. The day-to-day running of the university is the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor. The current Vice-Chancellor is Paul Curran.
City University is organised into five schools:
- City Law School, incorporating Inns of Court School of Law
- School of Health Sciences, incorporating St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery
- School of Arts and Social Science, including the Department of Journalism
- School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
- Sir John Cass Business School
In the financial year ended 31 July 2011, City University had a total income (including share of joint ventures) of £178.6 million (2008/09 – £174.4 million) and total expenditure of £183.62 million (2008/09 – £178.82 million). Key sources of income included £39.58 million from Funding Council grants (2008/09 – £39.52 million), £116.91 million from tuition fees and education contracts (2008/09 – £104.39 million), £7.86 million from research grants and contracts (2008/09 – £9.29 million), £1.04 from endowment and investment income (2008/09 – £1.83 million) and £15.05 million from other income (2008/09 – £19.37 million). During the 2010/11 financial year City University had a capital expenditure of £9.77 million (2008/09 – £16.13 million).
At year end City University had reserves and endowments of £112.89 million (2009/10 – £110.05 million) and total net assets of £147.64 million (2008/09 – £147.27 million).
Courses and rankings
City University offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees as well as certificates and diplomas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. More than two thirds of City's programmes are recognised by the appropriate professional bodies such as the BCS, BPS, CILIP, ICE, RICS, HPC etc. in recognition of the high standards of relevance to the professions. The University also has an online careers network where over 2,000 former students offer practical help to current students.
The City Law School offers courses for undergraduates, postgraduates, master graduates and professional courses leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, as well as continuing professional development. Its Legal Practice Course has the highest quality rating from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Since 1976 City has been home to a centre for the education of journalists, the highly regarded Department of Journalism. It has the UK's first chair in reporting, the Anthony Sampson professorship. It is regarded as the best university in the United Kingdom for the study of journalism as well as the nation's largest centre for journalism education. It was described by Michael Hann of The Guardian as the "Oxbridge of journalism".
The Department of Radiography (part of the School of Community and Health Sciences) offers two radiography degrees, the BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) and BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology), both of which are recognised by the Health Professions Council (HPC).
Partnerships and collaborations
Queen Mary, University of London and City University were jointly awarded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) status by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in recognition of their work in skills training for 3,000 students across six healthcare professions.
City of London
City University has excellent links with businesses in the City of London. City University has also joined forces with other universities such as Queen Mary and the Institute of Education (both part of the University of London) with which it jointly delivers several leading degree programmes.
London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange is a consortium of nine universities. It was established in 2004 to foster collaboration and to promote and support the exchange of knowledge between the consortium’s partners and London’s arts and cultural sectors. The nine institutions involved are: University of the Arts London; Birkbeck, University of London; City University London; The Courtauld Institute of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; King's College London; Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London.
Simfonec is a collaborative Science Enterprise Centre (SEC) for the exploitation and transfer of knowledge, ideas and resources among three key sectors – academic, financial and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Simfonec encourages the development of an entrepreneurial outlook amongst researchers in science and technology and orchestrates the delivery of science ideas to the commercial marketplace. It is a partnership between four of London universities (Royal Veterinary College, King's College London, Queen Mary, University of London and City University). It was launched in March 2003 by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Willis Research Network
In September 2006, City University joined the Willis Research Network (WRN), a major, long-term partnership between leading international scientific institutions (including the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Imperial College London) and the global insurance broker, Willis Group Holdings. The purpose of the network is to evaluate the frequency, severity and impact of catastrophes such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and terrorism.
WC2 University Network
City University is a founding member of the WC2 University Network, a network of universities developed with the goal of bringing together leading universities located in the heart of major world cities in order to address cultural, environmental and political issues of common interest to world cities and their universities. In addition to City University, the founding members of WC2 members are: City University of New York, Technische Universität Berlin, Universidade de São Paulo, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Politecnico di Milano, University of Delhi, Northeastern University Boston and Tongji University.
Erasmus Mundus MULTI
City University was selected as the sole British university to take part in the selective Erasmus Mundus MULTI programme, funded by the European Commission to promote scientific exchange between Europe and the industrialised countries of South-East Asia. It is the first Erasmus program to involve universities outside of Europe. In addition to City, the partner universities are: Aix-Marseille University (France), Univerzita Karlova v Praze (Czech Republic), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Universität des Saarlandes (Germany), Università di Pisa (Italy), Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, SAR China), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Brunei), University of Macau (Macau, SAR China), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and National Taiwan University (Taiwan).
City University has joined the executive group of UCL Partners, one of five accredited academic health science groups in the UK. City was invited to join the partnership in recognition of its expertise in nursing, allied health, health services research and evaluation and health management.
City Technology plc
City University is the birthplace of City Technology plc, which is the world's leading manufacturer of fuel-cell gas sensors used in worker safety, automotive, medical and emissions monitoring applications. City Technology plc was previously listed on the London Stock Exchange but was acquired by Honeywell in March 2006.
The City University Students' Union is run primarily by students through elected Sabbatical Officers, an Executive Committee and a Union Council, with oversight by a Trustee Board.
City University has four media outlets that are run by the Student Union staff in collaboration with a few students, City OnAir, City OnTopic, City Online and City OnScreen. In 2013 a number of BA Journalism students started an independent student newspaper, The Square. As a part of the election coverage they published a series of articles on one of the candidates – a nephew of Imran Khan – which led to coverage in international media.
For a number of years, City University students have taken part in the annual Lord Mayor's Show, representing the university in one of the country's largest and liveliest parades.
Arts, science and academia
- L. Bruce Archer – British mechanical engineer and Professor of Design Research at the Royal College of Art
- John Brignell – former professor of Industrial Instrumentation, science author
- George Daniels – Horologist, regarded as the greatest watchmaker of modern times and inventor of the coaxial escapement
- Jerry Fishenden – technologist, currently National Technology Officer for the UK
- Julia Gomelskaya – Ukrainian contemporary music composer, professor of Odessa State Music Academy in Ukraine
- Norman Gowar – Professor of Mathematics at the Open University and Principal of Royal Holloway College, University of London
- David Hirsh – Academic and sociologist
- Muhammad Iqbal – Muslim poet, philosopher and politician, born in present-day Pakistan, graduated from the Inns of Court School of Law and University of Cambridge
- John Loder – sound engineer, record producer and founder of Southern Studios, as well as a former member of EXIT
- Sharon Maguire – director of Bridget Jones's Diary
- Rhodri Marsden – Journalist, musician and blogger; columnist for The Independent
- Robin Milner – Computer Scientist and recipient of the 1991 ACM Turing Award
- John Palmer – instrumental and electroacustic music composer
- Ziauddin Sardar – Academic and scholar of Islamic issues, Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Kevin Smith – Chartered Engineer; Notable leader in the regeneration of the Great Eastern Hotel, London
Government, politics and society
- Mohandas K. Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) - Leader of the Indian Independence Movement Graduated 1891 from City Law School
- Clement Attlee – Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951
- Herbert Henry Asquith – Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916
- Tony Blair – Labour Party Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, graduated from the Inns of Court School of Law
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah – founder of Pakistan, first Governor-General of Pakistan graduated from the Inns of Court School of Law
- Roderic Bowen – Welsh Liberal Party politician
- Ali Dizaei – Metropolitan Police
- Jody Dunn – Liberal Democrat politician, and a barrister specialising in family law
- Sir James Dutton – Royal Marine general and former deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force
- Chloë Fox – Australian politician, Labor MP for the South Australian electoral district of Bright
- James Hart – Commissioner of the City of London Police
- David Heath – Politician and Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Somerton and Frome
- Syed Kamall – Conservative Party politician and Member of the European Parliament for the London European Parliament constituency
- David Lammy – Labour MP for Tottenham
- Liu Mingkang – Chinese Politician and Businessman, current Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, former Vice-Governor of the China Development Bank
- Jawaharlal Nehru – First Prime Minister of the Republic of India
- Patrick O'Flynn – UK Independence Party MEP
- Aris Spiliotopoulos – Minister of Greek Tourism
- Margaret Thatcher – Conservative Party Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, graduated from the Inns of Court School of Law
- Ivy Williams – First woman to be called to the English bar
- Houda Nonoo – Bahraini Ambassador to the United States
- Hassan Niazi – Nephew of Pakistani Politician Imran Khan
- Stav Shaffir – Youngest member of the Israeli Knesset, leader of the social justice movement
- Winston Set Aung - Politician , Economist and Management Consultant , incumbent Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar
Business and finance
- Brendan Barber – General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
- Jonathan Breeze – Founder and CEO of Jet Republic, private jet airline company in Europe 
- William Castell – Chairman of the Wellcome Trust and a Director of General Electric and BP, former CEO of Amersham plc 
- Peter Cullum – British entrepreneur
- David Essex – Chairman of Bemrose Group
- James J. Greco – CEO and President of Sbarro
- Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou – Founder of easyGroup
- Bob Kelly – CEO of Bank of New York Mellon, former CFO of Mellon Financial Corporation and Wachovia Corporation
- Muhtar Kent – CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. Formerly, President and COO of Coca-Cola International and Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company
- Ian Livingstone – Chairman and co-owner, London & Regional Properties
- Dick Olver – Chairman of BAE Systems, member of the Board of Directors at Reuters
- Kiran Rao – Executive Vice-President, marketing and contracts, for European plane-maker Airbus SAS 
- Syed Ali Raza – President and Chairman of the National Bank of Pakistan
- Durmuş Yılmaz – Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
- Brian Wynter – Governor of the Bank of Jamaica 
- David Woodward – CEO, Aabar Petroleum Investments Company (Aabar), former President of BP Azerbaijan 
- Michael Smith – CEO, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)
- Geoff Cooper – CEO, Travis Perkins
Media and entertainment
- Joanna Blythman – Non-fiction writer, Britain's leading investigative food journalist 
- Emily Buchanan – BBC World Affairs correspondent
- Ellie Crisell – BBC Presenter 
- Imogen Edwards-Jones – Novelist
- Gamal Fahnbulleh – Sky News Presenter and journalist
- Michael Fish – BBC weatherman
- Adam Fleming – CBBC Reporter
- Lourdes Garcia-Navarro – Journalist, Jerusalem foreign correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR)
- Alex Graham – Chairman of PACT
- Gillian Joseph – Sky News Presenter
- Kirsty Lang – BBC Presenter and journalist
- Ellie Levenson – Freelance Journalist and Author
- William Lewis – Journalist and editor of the Daily Telegraph
- Donal MacIntyre – Investigative journalist
- Sharon Maguire – Writer and Director, directed Bridget Jones's Diary
- Rhodri Marsden – Journalist, musician and blogger; columnist for The Independent
- Sharon Mascall – Journalist, broadcaster and writer; lecturer at the University of South Australia
- Dermot Murnaghan – Presenter on Sky News
- Tiff Needell – Grand Prix driver, Presenter of Fifth Gear on Five
- Linda Papadopoulos – Psychologist, appearing occasionally on TV
- Raj Persaud – British consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster, and author on psychiatry
- Richard Preston – Novelist
- Gavin Ramjaun – Television presenter and journalist
- Sophie Raworth – Newsreader, presenter on BBC One O'Clock News
- Joel Rubin – World-renowned klezmer clarinetist 
- Ian Saville – British magician 
- Barbara Serra – News presenter for Al Jazeera from London 
- Sarah Walker – BBC Radio 3 presenter
- Mark Worthington – BBC Correspondent
Notable faculty and staff
- Jamal Nazrul Islam – Eminent Physicist, Mathematician, Cosmologist, Astronomer
- Roy Greenslade – Journalist
- Steven Haberman – professor of Actuarial science at City University
- David Leigh – Journalist
- Penny Marshall – Journalist
- David Marks – Psychologist
- Stewart Purvis – Broadcaster
- Denis Smalley – Composer
- Bill Thompson – Journalist
- David Willets – Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant; Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills
- 1966–1974: Sir James Sharp Tait
- 1974–1978: Sir Edward W. Parkes
- 1978–1998: Raoul Franklin
- 1998–2007: David William Rhind
- 2007–2009: Malcolm Gillies
- 2009–2010: Julius Weinberg (acting)
- 2010–present: Sir Paul Curran
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