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  1. The year ahead
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The year ahead

Momentum builds across research, education and enterprise at City through 2014.

As City reaches the halfway point in the implementation of its Strategic Plan2012-2016, examples of the ideals that underpin the Plan can be seen across the University. Here, we highlight just a few examples of excellence and impact in research, a commitment to creating an outstanding student experience and innovation in enterprise and public engagement.

CitySport opens its doors

One of the most eagerly anticipated elements of the University's ambitious investment in its estate will be unveiled in autumn 2014. CitySport will have at its heart the Saddlers Sport Hall, an elite competition venue of Sport England standard with seating for up to 400 spectators. It will accommodate basketball, badminton, five-a-side football, volleyball, netball and other court games. There will also be a strength and conditioning area with free-weights and resistance equipment and purpose-built studios for group exercise, martial arts, mind and body classes, spinning and student team sports. For students, staff and members of the local community, CitySport will provide an unrivalled for developing and maintaining fitness, trying new activities and promoting general wellbeing. To find out more, visit www.citysport.org.uk.

My Home Life: research transforming policy and practice

When Professor Julienne Meyer and colleagues in the School of Health Sciences launched the My Home Life project in 2006, in collaboration with Age UK, they were motivated by a desire to review and synthesise research into quality of life for older people in care homes and communicate research findings to care providers. Their goal was the adoption of evidence-based practice in this growing health and social care sector. Since then, My Home Life has grown to become a unique collaborative movement that is internationally recognised for its research, its promotion of best practice and quality improvement in care homes and its capacity to influence and inform policy. 2014 will see My Home Life expand its Leadership Support and Community Development programme. The programme will help local authorities work in better partnership with the care home sector to build on existing strengths and improve the experience of living, dying, visiting and working in care homes. Some of the revenue from the programme will be channelled into further research within City's Quality of Care for Older People Research Group and will strengthen a virtuous circle that has already improved the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Research Excellence Framework outcomes published

18th December 2014 is a date that is firmly fixed in the calendars of higher education institutions across the UK. The outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), due to publish on that date, will play a key role in the funding that universities receive for research over the next few years and will influence the league tables and rankings that, for better or worse, can affect their fortunes during volatile times for higher education. Several members of City's academic staff, including Professor Andrew Jones, Dean of the School of Arts & Social Sciences, have been invited to be REF panel members and they will work through 2014 to assess the research of their colleagues. 

Where practice meets intellect

In 2013 Cass Business School opened new state-of-the-art corporate facing premises at 200 Aldersgate in London's financial heartland. This learning environment, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Square Mile, provides a space for Cass Executive Education clients from global organisations to work with leading academics who also have extensive industry experience. Cass Executive Education prides itself on being small enough to provide a truly customised experience and large enough to offer choice to clients. It delivers a learning experience that leverages London as the classroom and which is tailored to enhance business performance and accelerate personal growth. Under the leadership of new CEO JoEllyn Prouty McLaren, in 2014 Cass Executive Education will significantly expand its programme offering in line with cutting-edge industry insight, learning technologies and executive development trends as well as its reach and influence across global territories.

The Conversation grows louder

Launched in May 2013 and based at City, The Conversation UK builds on a successful Australian template to provide its growing audience with independent news and opinion from the nation's academic and research community. The product of a unique collaboration between 20 UK universities, including City, The Conversation UK sees a dedicated team of professional editors working with university and research institute experts to present their knowledge to the wider public. Its aim is to help rebuild trust in journalism and inspire a higher quality of public discourse around the key issues of the day. As the buzz builds, The Conversation UK is set to take on new academic partners and expand its presence, while retaining its headquarters at City - a mutually beneficial partnership that can only enhance the University's reputation as a beacon of journalistic experience.