Success stories from 2013
Snapshots of excellence in education from City's five Schools.
School of Arts & Social Sciences
City is one of 15 universities to receive a share of £19.5 million as part of an ambitious intervention to address a critical shortage of social scientists with the high-level quantitative skills needed for the analysis of complex data. The Q-Step Centre will give social science undergraduates the opportunity to develop quantitative skills in the workplace and will provide a unique opportunity to work with a wide range of information from around the world. Enhancing data literacy in seven social sciences undergraduates programmes and introducing specialist pathways for students on four degree programmes, including Criminology and Sociology, Q-Step will be housed at City's internationally renowned Centre for Comparative Social Surveys (CCSS) and will build on the University's long-standing expertise in quantitative methods.
Schools of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences and Informatics
City's first year Computer Science students began the academic year with an intensive introduction to Programming Bootcamp using the Java programming language. Beginning in September with an induction session at the Science Museum featuring a lecture on the life and career of Alan Turing and culminating in October with judging of the students' programming projects, the Bootcamp provided a vibrant, immersive space for students and instructors to explore the joys and challenges of coding. Professor Roger Crouch, Dean of the School, describes "walking into the vaulted brick Crypt on the Green on a wet Friday afternoon, I immediately sensed the buzz of enthusiasm as first year students explained and demonstrated the code they wrote as part of their two-week introduction to programming. The results were truly impressive."
The City Law School
2013 saw the Start Ed Clinic make an impact on the education of our students and in the commercial world. This pro bono scheme, in which students provide legal advice for local businesses, enables City students to develop legal expertise and gain real-world experience. Run by law students and supervised by local professionals, the free walk-in centre offers assistance for small businesses and technology start-ups in the area. The service provides advice on a range of business and legal matters including contractual agreements and intellectual property issues, with students writing blogs and media reports for their clients. The service also provides additional sessions to enhance students' drafting skills - an important area that is rarely emphasised during undergraduate legal training.
Cass Business School
Cass MBA students and alumni enjoyed an exceptional year, scooping top honours at some of the most prestigious awards within the MBA community. Former students strengthened ties at a series of exciting alumni network events, while current MBA students were treated to insights from high-profile guest speakers and were inspired to develop their own projects in March, a Cass MBA team won the RWE npower Energy Challenge and two months later the Cass Alumni World Forum witnessed a memorable address from Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission and Cass alumnus, Professor Liu Mingkang. In September, Cass teamed up with the Prince's Trust to offer an Executive MBA scholarship to Bronwyn Lowenthal, who started her retail clothing company, Lowie, in 2002 after completing the charity's enterprise programme. The year's other winners included Tom Stephens, who scooped the Muhtar and Defne Kent Prize in Entrepreneurship and Beth Hepworth, who has named MBA Star in the 2013 Women of the Future Awards.
School of Health Sciences
City's burgeoning culture of excellence and innovation was recognised in 2013, as staff and students featured prominently at the annual Health Education North Central and East London Awards. A graduate of the Health Visiting course, Mfon (Arche) Archibong, was named 'Student of the Year' for his work on a public health initiative to help low income families. Meanwhile, the School's groundbreaking teaching methods were highlighted when Dr Jo Verhoeven claimed top prize in the 'Innovation in Healthcare Education and Training' category for his Eartrainer software package - a unique tool designed to assist speech and language therapy students to develop effective transcription skills. City's Shareville project, which is led by Mental Health and Social Care lecturer Ms Lorna Saunder, was Highly Commended in the same category.