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  1. The City of London and City, University of London
About City

The City of London and City, University of London

City University London has unique and deep-rooted links with the City of London.

Links with the City of London

City, University of London is the university of the City of London. Based in the heart of London, City has always had strong, intrinsic links with the Square Mile, which is where London started the financial and commercial heart of Britain.

City livery companies, representing London trades and associations, have supported us for over 100 years, and the Lord Mayor of London is our Rector.

Our close ties with the many world-leading financial and professional institutions on our doorstep are a vital factor in ensuring that:

  • Our courses fit the changing professional needs of globalised business
  • Our students have opportunities for work placements with major employers
  • Our graduates have excellent employment prospects.

City's origins

Our links with the City of London date back to 1894, when the Earl of Northampton set up the Northampton Institute to promote industrial skills, with the backing of various London livery companies.

City and the Lord Mayor of London

The Lord Mayor of London is also the Rector of City, University of London. Every year a new Lord Mayor is elected Alderman Peter Estlin became the 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London and Rector of City, University of London on Friday on 9th November 2018.

As has been tradition for the last 688 years, at the start of his term the new Lord Mayor travelled through the streets of London from Mansion House to Westminster to swear allegiance to the Crown. His carriage was preceded by a huge procession now known as the Lord Mayor's Show. City, University of London is proud to be a part of this historical procession every year and City Student Ambassadors also take part in the procession.

Every year our Rector, the Lord Mayor of London, holds a dinner for friends, supporters and staff of City at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor's living, working and entertainment space.

Previous Lord Mayors of London

2016 - 2017 Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley
2015 - 2016 Alderman Lord Jeffrey Mountevans
2014 - 2015 Alderman Alan Yarrow
2013 - 2014 Alderman Fiona Woolf
2012 - 2013 Alderman Roger Gifford
2011 - 2012 Alderman David Wootton
2010 - 2011 Sir Michael Bear
2009 - 2010 Alderman Nick Anstee
2008 - 2009 Alderman Ian Luder

London livery companies

The livery companies of London represent a unique collection of trade and craft associations, many of which have flourished in the capital for centuries.

Two livery companies - The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and The Worshipful Company of Skinners - supported the establishment of the Northampton Institute, the forerunner of City, University of London.

We are grateful to the many City livery companies that currently support City, University of London. Our supporters include:

  • The Worshipful Company of Constructors' Lecture Series
  • The Worshipful Company of Cutlers' Bursary
  • The Worshipful Company of Engineers' Cadzow Smith Engineering Award
  • The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers' Award
  • The Worshipful Company of Saddlers' Bursary
  • The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers' Edwards Lecture.