City Magazine 2016
Welcome from David Street, Director of Development & Alumni Relations
These are exciting times for City.
Results from the National Student Survey (NSS) show that City is now the top university in London for undergraduate student satisfaction. Over the last three years, we have had the largest increase in undergraduate satisfaction of any UK university. Our estate is also transformed. We now have the largest student sports facility in central London in CitySport on Goswell Road and our students are benefitting from state-of-the-art lecture theatres, some of which are underground, making the very best use of our space.
And the entrance to the University on Northampton Square is being dramatically remodelled, refurbished and extended so that it will be lighter and more welcoming to our students and guests. We expect the new entrance to open in the autumn.
According to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we have doubled the proportion of our total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research to 40 per cent. And later this year, City will join the University of London federation, an elite group of universities with a global outlook. If you haven’t been back for some time, why not pay us a visit? You will be impressed!
We have been ranked in the top 20 (and 4th in London) in the Guardian University Guide 2017, while The Complete University Guide 2017 recently ranked City the top university in London for student satisfaction. The Financial Times European Business School Rankings list Cass Business School MBA courses among the top 40 in the world.
On a more disappointing note, the vote in June for the UK to leave the European Union came as a shock to the vast majority of us at City and was profoundly disturbing to our many staff, students and alumni who hail from EU countries. We would like to offer them our heartfelt support during this difficult time of national transition. City confirms its commitment to its European staff, students, alumni, colleagues and partners as it seeks to influence positively future policies and decisions relating to the UK’s exit from the EU. We will be in touch to let you know how you can help in this process. One immediate opportunity is to support efforts to reassure students that London remains a welcoming city through the @studylondon Twitter account and using #LondonisOpen.
This edition of City Magazine brings you up to date with many of the other exciting things happening at City. Please make sure we have your email address so you can receive our regular monthly updates on developments and information on events you might wish to attend. Hopefully we will see you at one of them.
5 Alumni to watch
In this year’s edition of Five to Watch, we meet recent graduates going places in the worlds of law, recruitment, IT, technology and midwifery.
Having completed the Bar Professional Training Course at City, Andrew now specialises in intellectual property law as a tenant at One Essex Court
Dr Roa Altaweli
I love being a midwife and would like others to love this profession as much as I do.