The year ahead
Investment continues in 2013
These are exciting times at City. The momentum we've built up implementing our Strategic Plan will gather pace in 2013 as the transformation of the University estate continues. We will also welcome many new academic staff members to strengthen our reputation for excellence in research and education. And we'll deepen our community and business links with many new projects including a unique initiative with Tech City. Here are just some of the highlights planned for 2013.
A new estate takes shape
The revitalisation of City's estate envisioned in the Estate Plan 2012-2016 will begin to take shape. Work to reconfigure the lower ground floor of the Tait Building, which houses important facilities for the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences, will be completed by September, ahead of more substantial work on that building over the next three years. Also in the main campus, the multi-phase Lecture Spaces Project will begin, with work to create new lecture theatres in time for the start of the 2013/14 academic year. While undergraduate students at Cass Business School will benefit from the redevelopment of their area in the Drysdale Building, the School has also acquired new premises with state-of-the-art facilities at 200 Aldersgate Street, which will house Executive Education and Executive MBA courses from September.
Preparation for the Research Excellence Framework
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which will be completed during 2014, assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. During 2013, City will continue to prepare its submission for the REF: a strong performance in this assessment will play a key part in the successful delivery of the Strategic Plan. Current academic staff, together with new colleagues, will be working with the REF Steering Group, which oversees the management of City's REF submission, to select their research outputs for inclusion.
2013 will see City's relationship with Tech City deepen further through the launch of City Unrulyversity, a pop-up university for the Tech City community. City academics from a range of disciplines will lead sessions aimed at entrepreneurs and start-up companies, combining academic rigour with practical business education. A collaboration with Unruly Media, sessions at City Unrulyversity will take place in East London and cover areas from creativity in design thinking through to mobile interaction design, visual analytics and storytelling in games. For more information about City Unrulyversity, please visit www.cityunrulyversity.com.
New appointments to Council of City University London
At the beginning of 2013, Brendan Barber, Andy Friend and Iain Gray were appointed to the Council of City University London. Brendan, an alumnus and former President of the Students' Union, retired as General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress in 2012. Andy Friend's career has spanned the voluntary, public and private sectors: he recently completed a six year term as a Trustee of Oxfam and he has also served as Chief Executive of the city of Melbourne. Iain is Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), which is responsible for innovation in the manufacturing, digital, energy, health, transport, construction and food sectors.
City of London Academy Islington
The relationship between City University London and the City of London Academy Islington is very special: since the Academy's foundation in 2008, students and staff from across the University have worked with its students to support academic achievement, raise aspirations and encourage progression to higher education. Alongside this work, the University has contributed to the governance and management of the Academy through its representatives on the Trust Board. In 2013, this involvement will deepen through the appointment of Eamon Martin, Director of Educational Relationships at City, as Chair of the Trust Board. He will work alongside three other representatives of the University who are also members of the Board: Marion O'Hara, Helen Curran and Rob Scully. In addition, 2013 will see the beginning of a large-scale project led by City to improve levels of attainment in mathematics and numeracy. With funds awarded by the City of London, the University's students and staff will work to tutor Academy pupils and enhance the subject knowledge and teaching practice of Academy staff.