City, the Community and Environment
We are based in the heart of London with close links to the City of London and we contribute significantly to the Capital's academic, cultural and business life.
Creating links with the community
The origins of City University London date back to 1894, when the Northampton Institute was established to cater for the education and welfare of the local population. Today, the University is still very much committed to supporting community projects and education.
Through our Widening Participation programme, we run activities with London school children to raise their aspirations, give them insights into different career choices and encourage them to consider Higher Education.
We run Community Volunteering projects that enable students and staff to become involved with local organisations.
Our mentoring scheme pairs students with a professional mentor who can support them in making a successful transition from student to employable professional.
Working towards a greener City
City University London is recognised for its environmental achievements. We aim to create a sustainable working and learning environment through a variety of measures. We are focusing on reducing our carbon footprint, cutting waste and increasing recycling, supporting green travel and promoting sustainable food and Fairtrade.
In July 2012, City's Environmental Management System was awarded the EcoCampus Platinum Award and ISO 14001 certification in recognition of the University's commitment to reducing its environmental impacts and to integrating sustainability into its daily services and activities.
Students and staff are encouraged to join the Environmental Champions Network to get involved in some of the many green initiatives taking place.
Improving our built environment
Our built environment plays an important role in shaping our students' experience of their time on campus, our ability to carry out cutting-edge research and how we interact with the local community.
Since 2000 we have built impressive new education facilities, including the award-winning Cass Business School at Bunhill Row and the Social Science building on St John Street.
In 2008/09 we invested £12M in our School of Arts, creating fully-equipped new music and journalism facilities and bringing new life to previously under-developed areas of our historic College building.
More recently, we created new School Offices for our School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, developed a much larger, more accessible Careers Centre, introduced new lecture theatres and student study spaces, and spent £2.3M on renovating our main Library.
Over the next two years, we will carry out a major programme to upgrade buildings at our Northampton Square site, to create brighter, more attractive education spaces for students and staff.