About City
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  2. Education
  3. Rector and President
  4. Governance and leadership
  5. Working at City
  6. History of City
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    1. Key milestones in our history
    2. The City of London and City, University of London
    3. Famous Alumni
    4. Past Vice-Chancellors
About City

History of City

  • City currently has nearly 20,000 students (over 40% at postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.
  • More than 140,000 former students from over 180 countries are members of the City Alumni Network.
  • City has been educating students in London since 1894 - read about our history.

Our location in the heart of London

See how close City is to London's major institutions and landmarks

  • Sadler's Wells Theatre, 0.19 miles (0.32km)
  • Barbican Arts Centre, 0.67 miles (1.08km)
  • Museum of London, 0.74 miles (1.19km)
  • Old Bailey, 0.88 miles (1.42km)
  • Fleet Street, 0.94 miles (1.52km)
  • St Paul's Cathedral, 0.94 miles (1.52km)
  • British Library, 1.1 miles (1.78km)
  • Bank of England, 1.17 miles (1.88km)
  • River Thames, 1.19 miles (1.92km)
  • British Museum, 1.2 miles (1.94km)
  • "The Gherkin", 1.29 miles (2.09km)
  • Tate Modern, 1.39 miles (2.24km)
  • West End, 1.65 miles (2.66km)
  • National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery, 1.66 miles (2.67km)
  • Tower of London, 1.69 miles (2.72km)
  • "The Shard", 1.74 miles (2.80km)
  • Houses of Parliament, 2.15 miles (3.46km)
  • Buckingham Palace, 2.49 miles (4.02km)
  • Hyde Park, 2.64 miles (4.26km)
  • Royal Albert Hall, 3.69 miles (5.95km)
  • National History Museum, 3.74 miles (6.02km)
  • O2 Arena, 4.74 miles (7.63km)

Our commitment to academic excellence

  • At City, 40% of all academics are producing research that is world-leading or internationally excellent (2014 Research Excellence Framework )
  • Ranked 11th nationally for graduate starting salary (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
  • Around 46% of our students are on postgraduate or research programmes.

Our focus on business and the professions

  • The Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2017 ranked the Sir John Cass Business School 4th in the UK and 15th in Europe
  • Our full-time MBA ranks 1st in London, 6th in the UK, and 46th globally (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018)
  • 6th in the UK for business and management research (The Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Our Nursing courses are ranked 2nd in London (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses at City are ranked 2nd in London and 11th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017).

Our five Schools

City has five Schools - Cass Business School, School of Arts & Social Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering and The City Law School. Our Graduate School, interdisciplinary centres and the Department for Learning Enhancement & Development (LEaD) complete the academic structure of City.

Click on a School below to find out more.

Cass Business School

  • nullCass is ranked 4th in the UK and 15th in Europe (Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2017).
  • Accounting and Finance courses are ranked 3rd in London, 22nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Our Business, Management and Marketing courses are ranked 4th in London, 21st in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Cass operates an MBA tailored to Middle East and North African markets in Dubai.
  • Cass Business School holds the gold standard of 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business ( AACSB ), the Association of MBAs ( AMBA ) and the European Quality Improvement System ( EQUIS ).
  • The Sir John Cass Foundation has supported education in London since 1710.

Visit the Cass website

School of Arts and Social Sciences

  • The Centre for Cultural Policy and Management, part of the School, is the longest-established centre of its kind in the country
  • The School's Department of Psychology is 2nd in London for Student satisfaction with a 90% overall satisfaction rate according to the ( 2016 National Student Survey)
  • City currently has around 4,000 alumni working as journalists and media professionals around the world
  • 87% of City's Music-related research was rated as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in 2014's Research Excellence Framework (REF), placing us 11th (out of 84) in the UK.

Visit the School of Arts & Social Sciences webpages

School of Health Sciences

  • null1st in London for Nursing and 1st in London for Medical Technology (Complete University Guide 2019), and 2nd in London for other subjects allied to medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
  • City's undergraduate Nursing degrees have the 2nd highest rate of student satisfaction in London (National Student Survey 2017).
  • Our undergraduate Optometry is the 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction with a 92% overall satisfaction rate (National Student Survey 2017).
  • Our Health Professions courses are ranked 1st in London and 2nd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • The School incorporates the former St Bartholomew's School of Nursing and Midwifery with over 120 years' experience in educating health professionals.
  • The School's Radiography undergraduate degrees have a 97% overall satisfaction rate (National Student Survey 2017) .
  • 100% of the School's research impact was judged as world leading or internationally excellent in 2014's Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • City was the first institution in the world to offer a full-time course in ophthalmic optics in 1927.

Visit the School of Health Sciences web pages

School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

  • nullEngineering was at the heart of City's foundation in 1894. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering were two of the first departments formed.
  • City was the first to offer courses in Aeronautical (also known as Aerospace) Engineering in the UK (1909).
  • The School holds accreditation from BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals ( CILIP ) and Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing ( SAP ).
  • Both Electronic & Electrical and Mechanical Engineering courses are ranked 2nd in London and 11th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017).

Visit the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering web pages

The City Law School

  • nullThe School was the first in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education.
  • It incorporates the former Inns of Court School of Law, established 1852.
  • Several historical figures and many of the country’s top QCs are alumni of the Inns of Court School of Law, now part of the City Law School. They include Mahatma Gandhi, Clement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

Visit The City Law School web pages

University of London

City joined the University of London (UOL) on 1st September 2016.

City continues to set its entrance criteria and examinations, award its own degrees and offer independent services to students. It remains a chartered institution, autonomous and self-governing, with its own Council, Senate, Students’ Union and other bodies.

Having been formed in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and receiving our royal charter in 1966 as The City University London, this marks a significant date in the history of City. Following City's accession to the University of London, we changed our name to 'City, University of London'.

Joining the University of London marks a significant new chapter in City’s history. It is a major opportunity but also a signal of how far City has come as an institution. We will retain our historic strengths, professional credibility and deep-rooted City of London heritage while we strengthen our international profile and expand our research and academic capabilities.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, President of City, University of London