City University, London

City University, London

Infobox University
name = City University London

motto = To serve mankind
established = 1966; 1894 as Northampton Institute
type = Public
chancellor = The Lord Mayor of the City of London ex officio
vice_chancellor = Professor Malcolm Gilliescite web|url =|title = Council officers|accessdate = 2007-08-10|publisher = City University London]
city = London
country = United Kingdom
students = 23,835cite web|url=|title= Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07|accessdate= 2008-04-07|format= Microsoft Excel spreadsheet|publisher= Higher Education Statistics Agency]
undergrad = 14,655
postgrad = 9,180
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City University London (CUL) is a British university based in Northampton Square, Islington, London. The university has a research experience of over 100 years and has often been highly ranked for its graduate employability and graduate salaries. [cite web|url =|title = Another top five ranking for City in The Times Good University Guide 2008|accessdate = 2007-08-16|publisher = City University London]


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.cite web|url=|title= Our history - City University London|accessdate= 2008-01-30|publisher= City University, London]

The Institute was designated a "College of Advanced Technology" in 1957, and received its Royal Charter in 1966, becoming "The City University". Since then it has moved significantly up the educational rankings achieving in many disciplines awards of international excellence.

City University London today

The University offers traditional Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees as well as certificates and diplomas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The University's mission, as outlined in its Strategy, is to "provide rigorous research and education for the world of work". [cite web|url =|title = University Strategy|accessdate = 2007-08-10|publisher = City University London]

The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Malcolm Gillies. The Chancellor of the University is the Lord Mayor of the City of London ex officio. For a number of years, students have taken part in the annual Lord Mayor's Show, representing the University in one of the country's largest and liveliest parades.

Birth place of City Technology plc (a LSE listed spin-out of City University, London), the world's leading manufacturer of fuel-cell gas sensors used in worker safety, automotive, medical and emissions monitoring applications. Part of Honeywell (USA) since March 2006.

Teaching and research ratings

City University gained 22nd place overall out of 122 Higher Education Institutions in the UK in "The Guardian" University Rankings 2006, a drop of 2 places on the 2005 standings. City was ranked fourth in the UK for its employment record by "The Times" Good University Guide in 2005. [cite web|url =|title = City ranked 4th in the UK for employability|accessdate = 2007-08-10|date = 2005-05-24|publisher = City University London]

In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, the Higher Education Funding Council for England rated 13 of City's research areas as being of "international" or "national excellence". These areas are applied mathematics, arts policy, business, computer science, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, information science, law, music, nursing, optometry, psychology and sociology. [cite web|url = |title= City's areas of international excellence|accessdate = 2007-12-21|date = 2001-12-14|publisher = HERO]

tudents and courses

There is a wide range of taught courses offered; some are quite specialised, designed to help students prepare for professional careers. More than two thirds of City's programmes are recognised by the appropriate professional bodies such as the BCS, BPS, CILIP, Institute of Electrical Engineers etc. in recognition of the high standards of relevance to the professions. The University also has a specialist Online Careers Network where over 4,000 former students offer practical help to current students.

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 is the only one in London to be rated 'Excellent' by the Law Society.

City is home to one of the world's leading centres for the education of journalists, the highly-regarded Department of Journalism [ [ "Profile: City University", Times Online] ] . The department has been teaching journalism since 1976 and has nearly 4,000 alumni in over 80 countries. It has the UK's first chair in reporting, the Anthony Sampson professorship.

The School of Informatics at City is at the forefront of international excellence and leadership in education and research for the information and computing professions, offering undergraduate programmes such as Computer Science with Games Technology or Artificial Intelligence. Within the School is the Department of Information Science, which is established internationally as a pioneer and leader in the field of information science education, offering postgraduate courses in Information Science, Library and Information Studies, Information Management in the Cultural Sector, and Information Systems and Technology. Since the introduction of a course on "Collecting and Communicating Scientific Knowledge" in 1961, City University has been at the forefront of Information Science education and research. The department's interests encompass the theory and practice of information management, processing and retrieval, information-related legal and policy issues, and geographic information handling.

City University London also owns the St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery situated in West smithfield and Whitechapel. Student's mainly train in Barts and the london as well as other clinical areas.

Partnerships and collaborations


Simfonec was launched in March 2003 by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Simfonec was created through four of London's leading universities (Royal Veterinary College, King's College London, Queen Mary, University of London and City University) as 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.

Willis Research Network

In September 2006, City 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.


City University and Queen Mary, University of London were 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.Fact|date=September 2008

Hanover Research Council

City University London becomes the first UK member of the Hanover Research Council (HRC) - a Washington DC based research firm serving more than 17 Industries and over 100 American higher education institutions.

City of London

The University has excellent links with businesses in the City of London. [cite web|url = |title= Links with businesses|accessdate = 2007-12-21|date = 2005-05-24|publisher = QAA] 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.

chools and academic departments

* School of Arts, including the Department of Journalism
* Cass Business School
* School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
* School of Allied Health Science
* St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery
* School of Informatics
* City Law School, including Inns of Court School of Law
* School of Social Sciences


The University has sites throughout London, with the main campus located at Northampton Square. Other academic sites are:
* Cass Business School - The City of London and One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
* Inns of Court School of Law - Holborn
* Fight for Sight Optometry Clinic - Old Street area
* Radiography - West Smithfield
* St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery - Whitechapel & Smithfield, London

Apart from academic activities, the University's supporting departments are also contributing to the development of the institution's reputation as a provider of excellent courses and facilities. As such, the Property and Facilities department embarked on a major overhaul of university buildings across all sites:


* Following a donation from the Sir John Cass's Foundation, a multi-million pound building, Bunhill Row, was built 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.


* 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) 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


* City's School of Arts is going to receive £10m building refurbishment: In June 2007, work began on creating state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities for the School of Arts in College Building. The project will run until autumn 2008, and will see the complete redevelopment of parts of Old College Building.
* A brand new Students' Union venue is set to open in October 2008. It will provide a hub to socialise in during the day between lectures and host 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.

Notable academics and alumni


* Roy Greenslade - Journalist
* David Leigh - Journalist
* Penny Marshall (UK journalist) - Journalist
* David Marks - Psychologist
* Stewart Purvis - Broadcaster
* Denis Smalley - Composer
* Bill Thompson (technology writer) - Journalist
* Costas Grammenos - Pro-Vice Chancellor of City University, London
* David Willets - Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant; Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills


Arts, science and academia

* Clancy Philippe - Australian municipal engineer and webmaster 38 years career in Local Government, City Engineer Municipality of Curepipe, Mauritius and Shire Engineer, Rosedale Shire, Victoria, Australia]
* L. Bruce Archer - British mechanical engineer and Professor of Design Research at the Royal College of Art
* Nick Capaldi - Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales
*Alisdair MacRae Birch - jazz guitarist, bassist, and arranger
* John Brignell - former professor of Industrial Instrumentation, science author, BS
* Andrea Christofidou - senior lecturer of philosophy, University of Oxford, B.Sc
* Jerry Fishenden - technologist, currently National Technology Officer for the UK, BSc, MPhil
* Julia Gomelskaya - Ukrainian music composer, MA
* Steven Haberman - professor of Actuarial science at City University, PhD, DSc
* Haydar Orman - Multimedia & Internet System Engineer, PhD
* David Hirsh - Academic and sociologist
* Muhammad Iqbal - Indian Muslim poet, philosopher, and politician, whose poetry in Persian and Urdu is regarded as among the greatest in modern times, ICSL
* Sharon Maguire - director of "Bridget Jones's Diary"
* Rhodri Marsden - Journalist, musician and blogger; columnist for "The Independent"
* John Loder - sound engineer, record producer and founder of Southern Studios, as well as a former member of EXIT
* Robin Milner - Computer Scientist and recipient of the 1991 ACM Turing Award
* Ebrahim Moosa - Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Center for Study of Muslim Networks at Duke University
* John Palmer - instrumental and electroacustic music composer, PhD
* Jeanette Purcell - Chief Executive for the Association of MBAs (AMBA)
* Ziauddin Sardar - Academic and scholar of Islamic issues, Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
* George Daniels - Horologist, regarded as the greatest watchmaker of modern times and inventor of co-axial escapement

Government, politics and society

* Clement Attlee - Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951, ICSL
* Jawak Khaki - Corporate Vice President Microsoft
* Herbert Henry Asquith - Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916, ICSL
* Tony Blair - Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, ICSL
* Roderic Bowen - Welsh Liberal Party politician, ICSL
* Jody Dunn - Liberal Democrat politician, and a barrister specialising in family law
* Major General J.B. Dutton - Commandant General of the Royal Marines, Commander UK Amphibious Forces
* Chloe Fox - Australian politician, Labor MPfor the South Australian electoral district of Bright, MA
* Mahatma Gandhi - Political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement, ICSL
* James Hart - Commissioner of the City of London Police
* David Heath - Politician and Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Somerton and Frome
* Muhammad Ali Jinnah - founder of Pakistan, first Governor-General of Pakistan, ICSL
* Syed Kamall - Conservative Party politician and Member of the European Parliament for the London European Parliament constituency
* Tae-Shin Kwon - Vice Minister at the South Korean Ministry of Finance and Economy
* 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, ICSL
* HRH Princess Alexandra de Scheel - member of the House of Reuss
* Margaret Thatcher - First (and only) female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, ICSL
* Ivy Williams - First woman to be called to the English bar, ICSL
* Hasan Sharif - Son of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif
* Aris Spiliotopoulos - Minister of Greek Tourism, MSc

Business and finance

* Hirander Misra - Chief Operating Officer, Chi-X Europe Limited
* Ralph Arditti - Managing Director, Sanayi Yatirimlari Veticaret A.S. (Turkey), MSc/MBA, '70
* Brendan Barber - General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, BA
* Apurv Bagri - Managing Director of the Metdist Group of companies in the international non-ferrous trade and industry
* Richard Caruso - Chairman of Integra Life Sciences Corporation (New Jersey)
* William Castell - Chairman of the Wellcome Trust and a Director of General Electric and BP, former CEO of Amersham plc until it was acquired by GE when he became CEO of GE Healthcare and a Vice-Chairman of GE, BA
* Rod Clarke - Former Chief Engineer, Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, Ontario, Canada; Writer and engineering historian.
* Peter Cullum - British entrepreneur, founder of the [ Towergate Partnership] , the largest independently owned insurance intermediary in Europe, 2005 UK Entrepreneur of the Year recipient
* David Essex - Chairman of Bemrose Group
* James J. Greco - CEO of Bruegger's Enterprises Inc.
* Ruby Hammer - Co-owner of Ruby and Millie Cosmetics
* Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou - Founder of easyGroup, MSc
* Penny Klein - Co-owner of Heidi Klein swimwear
* 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
* Phillip Monks - CEO, Europe Arab Bank plc
* Dick Olver - Chairman of BAE Systems, member of the Board of Directors at Reuters
* Andrew Pople - CEO, Kessler Financial Services International (KFSI) & Vice-Chairman, The Kessler Group
* Syed Ali Raza - President and Chairman of the National Bank of Pakistan, MSc
* Kiran Rao - Senior Vice President, Marketing and Pricing Policies, Airbus
* Kelvin Milgate - Commodity Derivatives Trader, ABN Amro Bank NV, UK and Top 30 (ranked 17) Trader under 30 as of 2006 "(Source: Trader Monthly)"
* Nick Roditi - Former legendary Hedge Fund Manager of George Soros' reputed Quantum Fund
* Carol Sergeant - Chief Risk Director, Lloyds TSB Group Plc
* Mark Turrell - CEO and co-founder of Imaginatik
* Gareth Wong - Founder and CEO, GamBond, Gaming Money Summit and CXO Network Europe
* Durmuş Yılmaz - Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, BSc
* David Woodward - CEO, Aabar Petroleum Investments Company (Aabar), former President of BP Azerbaijan
* Robin Easton - CFO, Blue Nile, a leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, MBA
* Atedo N. A. Peterside - Founder of IBTC Chartered Bank Plc (“IBTC”) and CEO of IBTC since inception in 1989. Formerly, Chairman of the Committee on Corporate Governance of Public Companies in Nigeria, BSc
* Nigel Bridges - CEO, Direct Traffic Media, a leading Digital Marketing specialist, BSc
* Carl Daly - President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Paget Reinsurance International Ltd (Paget Re) a subsidiary of ACE Bermuda Insurance Ltd, MBA
* Pont Chiu - Head of Internal Audit, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), MBA
* Alex Spiroglou - London based, quasi-systematic, Cross Asset institutional proprietary trader, BSc
* Andrew Coyne - Citigroup London, Global Head of FX Prime Brokerage, MBA
* Kanesh Lakhani - Senior Managing Director, SSgA (State Street Global Advisors), MBA
* Georgios Karageorgiou - CEO, Globus Maritime Ltd, a dry-bulk shipping company, providing reliable and secure marine transportation services on a worldwide basis, MSc
* Ankush Johar - Director, Wireless Federation, a Wireless Industry Research Conglomerate and founder of MobileTree Limited, MSc
* Hilton Nathanson - Co-founder and Chairman of Marble Bar Asset Management LLP, a London-based hedge fund specializing in long and short equity strategies. Formerly at Goldman Sachs. Received a big payout after agreeing to sell Marble Bar Asset Management to Swiss bank EFG International for up to $1.3bn, MBA
*Jonathan Breeze - Founder and CEO of Jet Republic, private jet airline company in Europe, MSc

Media and entertainment

* Kamal Ahmed - Journalist; former exec editor, "The Observer"
* Samira Ahmed - Channel 4 Newsreader, covered the O.J. Simpson murder case for the BBC, MA
*Chris Ayres- Journalism; the West Coast Correspondent for The Times and the author of War Reporting for Cowards,
* Catherine Bennett (journalist) - Journalist for "The Guardian", BA
* Richard Benson - Writer, "The Farm"
* Jeremiah Birnbaum - American singer/songwriter and band member of The Ramblers, MA
* Joanna Blythman - Non-fiction writer, Britain's leading investigative food journalist
* Ellie Crisell - BBC Presenter, MA
* Imogen Edwards-Jones - Novelist
* Michael Fish - BBC Weather weatherman
* Adam Fleming - CBBC reporter
* Alex Graham - Chairman of PACT
* Gillian Joseph - Sky News Presenter
* Kirsty Lang - BBC Presenter and journalist, MA
* William Lewis (journalist) - Journalist and editor of the Daily Telegraph
* Donal MacIntyre - Investigative journalist
* Sharon Maguire - Writer and Director, directed "Bridget Jones's Diary", BA '89
* Rhodri Marsden - Journalist, musician and blogger; columnist for "The Independent"
* Sharon Mascall - Journalist, broadcaster and writer; lecturer at the University of South Australia, MA
* Dermot Murnaghan - Presenter on Sky News, MA
* Tiff Needell - Grand Prix driver, Presenter of "Fifth Gear" on Five, BS
* Bridgid Nzekwu - Channel 4 Newsreader
* Justine Picardie - Novelist
* Raj Persaud - British consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster, and author on psychiatry, MSc
* Ben Preston - The Times Journalist and editor
* Linda Papadopoulos - Psychologist, appearing occasionally on TV, Phd
* Richard Preston - Novelist
* Sophie Raworth - Newsreader, presenter on BBC One O'Clock News
* Joel Rubin - World-renown "klezmer" clarinetist
* Ian Saville - British magician, PhD
* Barbara Serra - News presenter for Al Jazeera from London, MA
* Grub Smith - Television presenter and journalist for FHM, BA
* Abi Titmuss - English television personality, glamour model and occasional actress
* Laura Topham - Evening Standard Columnist
* Jo Whiley - BBC Disc jockey
* Gary Younge - Guardian Columnist
* Richard Lipscombe - Bucks County Council Economic Development
* Bhaskar Bhattacharyya - Writer and Film Consultant
* Nerm - BBC DJ and presenter
* Mara Zacharea - Greek News Anchor
* Ifigeneia Dimitriadou - Advertiser in Gucci


External links

* [ City University]
* [ City University Students Union]

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