Mr Rob Woodward, Pro-Chancellor, Chair of Council
2012 was another fine year for City University London as implementation of our Strategic Plan gathered pace. 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 Curran's leadership we have made significant investments in people, particularly world-leading academic staff, our estate, our infrastructure and our libraries. I encourage you to read about them and the positive effects they are having on City, our global academic standing and our stature as a major employer and thought-leader in London.
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 2013 as UK universities prepare for the Research Excellence Framework which will decide core 'quality-related' funding for the next few years. We are building towards an excellent submission and I look forward to sharing the results with you.
We are especially grateful to the Lord Mayors of London, Alderman Sir David Wootton and Alderman Roger Gifford, for their dedication to supporting the education of our students as our Chancellors.
And I would like to take this opportunity to thank our other friends and supporters. Some of you have been with us since our foundation in 1894, others since we gained University status in 1966 and yet others more recently. We appreciate your friendship and I look forward to your support through 2013, which I am sure will be another successful year.
Professor Paul 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 many ways and over many years.
We have come a long way since gaining University title in 1966. We are now among the top five per cent of universities in the world and the top 30 universities in the UK.
Our research in 15 subject areas is comparable with the very best in the world and fortunately, in the increasingly competitive higher education sector, our courses are popular, not least because we are in the top 10 in the UK for both graduate level employment and starting salaries.
We are busy implementing our Strategic Plan to achieve our Vision for City in 2016. Through the dedication of our staff and major investments in 170 academic staff and up to £165M in our estate and our infrastructure we will 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.
I hope you enjoy reading about our achievements in education, research and enterprise and our contributions to the City, Islington, London and the world.