City University London

City University London
City University London
Motto To serve mankind
Established 1966 – gained University Status by Royal Charter
1894 – Northampton
Endowment £40.1 million[1]
Chancellor The Lord Mayor of the City of London ex officio
Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran
Students 21,410[2]
Undergraduates 14,530[2]
Postgraduates 6,880[2]
Location London, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°31′38″N 0°06′09″W / 51.527264°N 0.10247°W / 51.527264; -0.10247
Colours Red and White
Affiliations Association of MBAs
Universities UK

City University London (informally City University or City), is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and became a university in 1966, when it adopted its present name.

City 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.

City has over 100 years of research experience and has been consistently highly ranked for its graduate employability and graduate salaries.[3] City's mission, as outlined in its Strategy, is to "lead London in education, research and knowledge transfer for businesses and the professions".[4] It had a total income of £178.5 million in 2009/10, of which £8 million was from research grants and contracts.[5] It is ranked among the Top 350 Universities in the World.[5]

City is a member of the Association of MBAs, EQUIS and Universities UK.




City University is located in Central London
City University
Central London location map

City University traces its origin to the Northampton Institute, established in 1894, 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".[6]

Originally there were six departments at the Institute:

  • Mechanical Engineering and Metal Trades
  • Artistic Crafts
  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering
  • Horology (the science of time and art of clock-making)
  • Electro-Chemistry
  • Domestic Economy and Women's Trades

20th century

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.[6] 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.[7] In 1908 the Institute was used for the Olympic games.[6] Boxing took place at the Institute.[8]

The Institute was designated a "College of Advanced Technology" in 1957.[6]

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.[9] In 1971 the Apollo 15 astronauts visited City University and presented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tait, with a piece of heat shield from the Apollo 15 rocket.[10]

21st century

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 Research Centre for Energy and the Environment was completed in 2001/02. One of the very few of its type worldwide, the Centre boasts some of the most advanced engine research facilities in Europe. Construction of the Fight for Sight Optometry Clinic – a new £5m facility dedicated to optometry teaching, clinical practice and research.

The Grade II listed College Building.

A £23m landmark building to house the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Language and Communication Science opened in 2004. The building uses the latest construction ideas for low-energy design and includes computing and experimental laboratories. Accommodation at One Canada Square was acquired in 2006 for Cass Business School's Executive Education programme. The reconstruction and redevelopment of the University's Grade II listed College Building (following a fire in 2001[11]) was completed in July 2006. It houses a new high-tech Human Computer Interaction Design lab, supported by The Vodafone UK Foundation. In 2006, the Department of Radiography gained a brand-new purpose-built clinical skills suite. The suite is equipped with some of the most up-to-date imaging and radiotherapy equipment available; the Department claims this to be the best-equipped radiography clinical skills suite in England

In 2007 the School of Arts received a £10m building refurbishment. The project ran until autumn 2008 and saw the complete redevelopment of parts of the College Building.A new Students' Union venue opened in October 2008 called TEN squared. It provides a hub to socialise in during the day between lectures and hosts a wide range of evening entertainment including club nights, society events and quiz nights. In September 2007 many classrooms were installed with cutting edge classroom technology including touch-screen control, video conferencing software and high-quality audio to increase the focus of student generated input.

In January 2010, a premises was shared with UEA London, following City University's partnership with INTO. Since then City University has resumed its own International Foundation Program to prepare students for their pre-university year.

In April 2011, it was announced that the current Resident Halls and Saddler's Sports Centre will be closed and demolished for rebuilding in June 2011. It is proposed that the new Resident Halls and Sports Centre will be re-opened in September 2013.

In 2011, the University published a Vision for 2016 after consultation with its staff, students, alumni and Council. Its vision for 2016 is to be a “leading global University committed to academic excellence, focused on business and the professions and located in the heart of London. We are proud of the quality of our education, research and enterprise and are ranked within the top 2% of universities in the world.” A strategic plan to deliver the vision is currently in development.

On 19 May 2011 at the Forty-fourth Meeting of the Court, Members and other friends of City University London met to review the recent academic and financial performance of the University in the City Review 2010.


Northampton Square in front of the main university building

City University has sites throughout London,[12] with the main campus located at Northampton Square in Islington.

Other academic sites are:

The School of Community and Health Sciences, is geographically the largest school with sites at:

Organisation and administration

The main City University building in Northampton Square.

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 Professor Paul Curran.


City University is organised into seven schools:


In the financial year ended 31 July 2010, City University had a total income (including share of joint ventures) of £178.5 million (2008/09 – £174.4 million) and total expenditure of £177.27 million (2008/09 – £178.82 million).[13] Key sources of income included £42.51 million from Funding Council grants (2008/09 – £39.52 million), £112.43 million from tuition fees and education contracts (2008/09 – £104.39 million), £8.0 million from research grants and contracts (2008/09 – £9.29 million), £514,000 from endowment and investment income (2008/09 – £1.83 million) and £15.34 million from other income (2008/09 – £19.37 million).[13] During the 2009/10 financial year City University had a capital expenditure of £16.55 million (2008/09 – £16.13 million).[13]

At year end City University had reserves and endowments of £112.89 million (2008/09 – £110.05 million) and total net assets of £152.84 million (2008/09 – £147.27 million).[13]


  • 1966–1974: Sir James Sharp Tait
  • 1974–1978: Edward W. Parkes
  • 1978–1998: Professor Raoul N. Franklin
  • 1998–2007: Professor David Rhind
  • 2007–2009: Professor Malcolm Gillies
  • 2009–2010: Professor Julius Weinberg (acting)
  • 2010–present: Professor Paul Curran



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.[14]

The City Law School offers courses for undergraduates, postgraduates 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.[15]

Since 1976 City has been home to a centre for the education of journalists, the highly-regarded Department of Journalism.[16] It has the UK's first chair in reporting, the Anthony Sampson professorship.

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).


In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), City University rose to 45th place, up 14 since the previous RAE in 2001 when it was ranked at 59, according to Times Higher Education analysis of HEFCE's (Higher Education Funding Council for England) RAE data, from 159 universities or colleges.[17]

UK University Rankings
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Times Good University Guide 47th 49th[18] 49th[19] 50th 40th=[20] 53rd[21] 56th 55th[22]
Guardian University Guide 22nd[23] 24th[24] 21st[25] 26th[26] 28th[27] 22nd 21st
The Complete University Guide 41st[28] 47th[29] 44th[30] 46th[31] 48th[32]
The Daily Telegraph 48th
Sunday Times University Guide 51st[18] 47th[18] 50th[33] 48th[33] 50th[34]
UK University Ranking for graduate prospects and employability
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Times Good University Guide 10th[19] 13th 5 th[20]
Guardian University Guide 10th[24] 11th[25] 11th[26] 6 th[27]
The Complete University Guide 10th[30] 13th[31] 5 th[32]
World rankings
2012 2011 2010
QS World University Rankings 356[35] 481[36]
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 332[37]

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.[38]

City of London

City University has excellent links with businesses in the City of London.[39] 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.

Hanover Research

In 2008, City University became the first UK member of Hanover Research, a strategic research firm based in Washington DC that serves more than 17 industries and hundreds of American higher education institutions.


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

World Class Universities for World Cities[40]

The WC2 University Network has been developed with the goal of bringing together top 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. Founding WC2 members are:

UCL Partners

City University London 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.[41]

Spin-out companies

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.

Student life

Students' Union

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.[42] The Students' Union runs Ten², a venue in Northampton Square which includes a cafe, bar and events spaces.[43]


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.

Notable people

Notable alumni

Arts, science and academia

Government, politics and society

Business and finance

Media and entertainment

Notable faculty and staff

David Willets


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