City Annual Report 2013
Mr Rob Woodward, Pro-Chancellor, Chair of Council
2013 has been another progressive year for City University London as the impact of our transformational Strategic Plan started to materialise. We are firmly on track to being a leading global university positioned among the top two per cent of universities in the world.
Under Professor Sir Paul Curran's strong leadership we continue to make significant investments in people, particularly world-leading academic staff, our estate, our infrastructure and overall student facilities and experience. I encourage you to read about them and the positive effects they are having on City, our growing academic standing and our stature as a major employer and thought-leader in London and beyond.
I am particularly proud of our world-leading and internationally excellent research performance. This is reassuring as the thrust of our development is to strengthen further our academic excellence while retaining our traditional strengths in providing education focused on and relevant to business and the professions.
Research performance is a major determinant of universities' reputations and will be even more relevant in 2014 as the outcome of the Research Excellence Framework is determined. Our submission to the national Research Excellence Framework included the work of 426 members of academic staff covering 12 areas of expertise.
We are especially grateful to the Lord Mayors of London, Alderman Sir Roger Gifford and Alderman Fiona Woolf for their dedication to supporting the education of our students in their capacity as Chancellors of the University.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our other friends, supporters and all members of our dedicated staff. Some of you have been with us since our foundation in 1894, others since we gained University status in 1966 and others more recently. We appreciate your friendship and commitment and I look forward to your support through 2014, which I am sure will be another year of progression for City University London.
Professor Paul Sir Curran, Vice-Chancellor
City is a special place in the world of higher education. We're a leading global university, committed to academic excellence, focused on business and the professions and located in the heart of a great global city.
We are proud of our Victorian heritage and value our roots in the Northampton Institute, the Inns of Court School of Law and Saint Bartholomew's College of Nursing. Our links with the City of London are strong, through our Chancellor, the Lord Mayor and the Livery Companies, which have long supported us in may ways and over many years.
We are now among the top five per cent of universities in the world and fortunately, in the increasingly competitive UK higher education sector, our courses are among the most popular, not least because we are in the top ten in the UK for graduate level employment and in the top five for starting salaries.
During 2013 we made significant progress implementing our Strategic Plan to achieve our Vision for City in 2016: to be a leading global university, ranked among the top two per cent in the world and recognised globally for the quality of our education, research and enterprise.
Our major investments are bearing fruit. Within the Report, we describe our success in international academic recruitment; our significant estate and infrastructure projects; our excellent student satisfaction (City was the most improved English university in the National Student Survey); our submission to the Research Excellence Framework which will go a long way to securing our academic reputation and discretionary Government funding over the next five years; and our developing ties with our community.
I hope you enjoy reading about our achievements in education, research and enterprise and our contributions to the City, Islington, London and the world.