I was honoured to be appointed City's seventh Vice-Chancellor and since arriving at the University in August 2010 we have been working hard to develop a clear vision for our future.
Professor Paul Curran
Across the University we have been imagining 2016 and what kind of institution City will be then, on our 50th anniversary of gaining University title. Our Vision for City is that we are:
A leading global University committed to academic excellence, focused on business and the professions and located in the heart of London. We are proud of the quality of our education, research and enterprise and are ranked within the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.
What follows now is the development of a Strategic Plan that will enable us to achieve our Vision.
We have come a long way since gaining University title in 1966. In fact we are now among the top 5 per cent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010/11. Our research in 15 subject areas is of a quality comparable with the very best in the world according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise and we are in the top 10 in the UK for both graduate employability according to The Times Good University Guide 2011 and graduate starting salaries according to The Sunday Times University Guide 2011.
There are many aspects of the University that make me proud, in particular our links with the City Livery Companies, which have long supported the University and the City of London, through our Chancellor, the Lord Mayor of London. I am especially grateful to Alderman Bear for his involvement with the University and his dedication to supporting the education of our students.