Window on the world
Leading academics, acclaimed authors, business leaders, distinguished journalists and Members of Parliament are among the many speakers to have contributed recently to City’s lively and eclectic events programme.
Topics as diverse as media regulation, street art, the changing shape of war in the Middle East, Hollywood and human rights and the Obama presidency reflect the breadth and depth of City's research strengths.
In March 2014, at one of the most high-profile events of the year, the Governor of the Bank of England, Dr Mark Carney, used the annual Mais lecture at Cass Business School to announce a major re-organisation of the institution and set out his vision for the Bank's future.
Elsewhere, at a time when the British media are under more scrutiny than ever, City continued to shape public debate on journalism. In October 2013, Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, outlined why regulation is good for broadcast journalism, while a month later, Orwell-prize winning journalist Andrew Norfolk launched In Defence of Journalism, a series of events which seeks to remind how the power of the pen can have a positive effect on society. The same month Robert Peston of the BBC delivered the annual James Cameron memorial lecture and more recently, in April 2014, the Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP led calls for greater representation of women in the media at the Women on Air conference.
Inaugural lectures offer new academic staff the opportunity to present an overview of their research to colleagues, students and the general public. Recent inaugural lecture topics have included: the role of speech and language therapy in helping vulnerable young people to express their feelings without resorting to violence; the case for giving the public greater involvement in health research; and how brain imaging and mathematical modelling can enhance our understanding of the mechanisms and functions of the eye.
Of course, the City community extends far beyond the borders of EC1. The City Perspectives series brings expert commentary to a wider audience through a series of web articles and videos. Data leaks, the video game industry and the possibility of an EU opt-out are among the issues discussed recently by City academics in the series.