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Where to give

Support for our students is more vital than ever

Donations to all of our Student Support projects will have a direct impact on those students who are most in need.  Be it those students who have fallen into financial hardship – always through no fault of their own – and need emergency funding to continue and complete their degrees, or, those who have grown up in care and do not have the usual support networks in place – every penny of your donation will make a positive impact.

Making a Difference

See how alumni and friends donations are helping City students achieve their goal of academic excellence at City.

Support students


student carrying books
At City we give students the opportunity to learn in the heart of London. We understand that the cost of living in one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world can be overwhelming for some.

Bursaries support students by removing financial barriers that could dissuade them from fulfilling their potential.

Gifting a bursary means that you will enable the university to attract the brightest minds who will become the leaders and innovators of the future.

You can be the catalyst that transforms a person’s life.


At City we aim to provide the brightest students with the opportunity to reach excellence through a City degree.

Scholarships are a vital way to make our five Schools accessible and ensure talented students can complete their degree, irrespective of their financial means. With support from our donors City can:

  • Attract the brightest students who can go on to contribute to global success
  • Increase cultural diversity in higher education which leads to exciting thought leadership
  • Spark research that makes a difference
  • Transform a student’s potential

Read successful scholar stories

World class research

Making food policy work for everyone

Home to one of the very few places in the world dedicated to studying, teaching and influencing food policy, the Centre for Food Policy is a Centre within City’s School of Arts and Social Sciences.  At City since 2002, it pioneered what was then a new approach – bringing together policies that affect food production and consumption, supply chains, processing, retail, marketing, and the impacts on environment and livelihoods amongst others. It works to advance integrated and inclusive food policies that improve the wellbeing of people and the planet, everywhere. The Centre looks at food policy through an inter-disciplinary, food-systems lens that brings together the full range of issues, from agriculture to nutrition, labour to public health, politics to economics, cooking to culture, from farm to flush, boat to throat and gate to plate.

The Centre cultivates talented graduates who go on to work at the World Health Organisation, the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Bank, the UK Government and the European Commission, multinational food companies or at local food projects and civil society organisations, such as Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming.  It is also a host to two unique initiatives: since 2014, the Food Research Collaboration (FRC), which is the only initiative in the UK dedicated to bringing together academics and civil society to facilitate more effective collaboration around food; and IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning) which, in partnership with six other institutions, enables postgraduate students to learn about food systems.

The Centre’s future projects are looking at developing, designing and delivering more integrated approaches to policy and a more people-centric food policy that integrates people’s voices, concerns and realities.

They have also brought together the work the Centre for Food Policy has done to date (1994-2016) in a report published in December 2016.

Greatest need

Many of our supporters choose to direct their gifts towards City's Area of Greatest Need, giving us the flexibility to fund projects according to the highest priority. These donations help to broaden the types of initiatives that the City Future Fund is able to support, such as cutting-edge research, extra-curricular activities and entrepreneurship.

Here are just three of the projects that we will be raising money for in the year ahead:

Formula Student City racing team

Formula Student is an international engineering competition held each year in the UK. Student teams from around the world design, build, test and race a formula style racing car at Silverstone. City’s team, in their fifth year of competing, have been making real inroads in the contest, particularly with design.

Furthermore, the benefits to the students involved in Formula Student are immense. Students gain crucial transferable skills, learn about team building and, perhaps most importantly, gain the hands-on practical experience that can contribute to solving a current skills shortage in engineering.

Our Formula Student team rely entirely on donations and sponsorship. If you want to learn more, contact or on +44 (0) 20 7040 5231, or alternatively you can make a donation here.

Help make a difference to our students and donate to City's Greatest Need.

Aphasia Clinic

The CommuniCATE Project, reducing the consequences of aphasia

School of Health Sciences, Division of Language and Communication Science (LCS)

The CommuniCATE project uses computer technologies in therapy for people with aphasia. Out of 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, more than 400,000 people live with aphasia; a condition that affects the brain and leads to problems using language correctly.

Although affecting each individual differently, aphasia can be life-changing and impact relationships with family and friends, the ability to work and engage in social activities. Aphasia puts many people at risk of isolation and mental health issues, including depression.

The three-year project was funded by The Barts Charity and drew on expertise within the School of Health Sciences and the Centre for HCI Design at City. The project worked with speech and language therapists form Barts Health NHS Trust and the Stroke Association.

CommuniCATE involves research on using technology in therapy to improve language and communication in people with aphasia, an online conversation service using Skype to reduce social isolation, and supporting skill development in NHS clinicians.

Kanti joined the CommuniCATE project two and a half years after his stroke. His goal was to be able to write emails to family members and friends, about his news, interests and current affairs. Kanti’s therapy taught him to use ‘Write Online’ an assistive software for writing.

After 12 sessions of therapy Kanti made big changes in his writing. What he wrote contained far more words and were much easier to read. In line with his goals, he became a proficient and frequent user of email.

Kanti's writing before and after therapy.

Garfield Weston Foundation logo City, University of London are grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir Samuel Scott of Yews Trust, to the P F Charitable Trust and to many friends for their generous donations towards the continuation of this life-changing work and research.

There is so much more we can do. If you are interested in finding out more about this vital project please contact:
Professor Jane Marshall OBE:

Dr Celia Woolf:

Or if you would like to help stroke survivors recover please contact:

Jason Barlow:, +44 (0) 20 7040 5231

The Professor Roger Wootton Memorial Prize

The Professor Roger Wootton Memorial Prizes have been established to encourage excellence and innovation in City’s current Engineering Students.  The two prizes, to be awarded annually, are the Extraordinary Balloon Exploits competition which will be awarded to undergraduates, and the Aviation Management Essay award, to be awarded to post-graduates.    

Roger, of course, was our much loved Dean of Engineering at City University between 1996 and 2014.  Amongst his proudest achievements was the setting up of the Masters programmes in Air Transport Management and Aircraft Maintenance Management. His endearing and, sometimes, mischievous personality made him extremely popular amongst his students.  As a lecturer he was a strong believer in applying theory to practise: to illustrate a point about methane gas he once stood up to his waist in a pile of cow manure.  

Can you help inspire City’s current Engineering students? We want to make sure that our students have the best possible educational experience, and a donation to this fund will help us do that.  Make a donation today.  

If you want to discuss any specifics with regard to making a gift, please do not hesitate to contact Jason Barlow, the Regular Giving Manager, on 020 7040 5231 or at

Student hardship

Hardship Fund

Our Hardship Fund is there to support students who find themselves in situations where there is a real danger that they will not be able to complete their studies.

Michaela Carroll always wanted to be a journalist and embarked on her degree at City certain that she was in the perfect place to fulfil that ambition.

However, at the beginning of her final year of study her father died and Michaela contemplated having to drop out. Travelling home to the north of England every weekend to be with her family placed a huge burden on her finances. It was at this point that Student Support stepped in and saved Michaela’s degree.

This vital support enabled Michaela to graduate with First Class Honours the following year and she has already made significant inroads into the journalism industry working for both the BBC and a news charity within The Economist.

Michaela told us about her wider ambitions in journalism and what the Student Support fund meant to her: “I want to make more and more people aware of what is going on in the world, to bring those stories that are often overlooked and don’t get told into the mainstream. City has given me a flying start to my career and that Student Support were there for me at such a difficult time has played a major part in me graduating.”

We promise it will not be wasted.

Student Support does not hand out money indiscriminately. We only help those students who are in genuine – and blameless – financial difficulty.

Help us to help them and donate now.

Care Leaver's Initiative

Supporting and enabling young care leavers to achieve their academic potential through our dedicated care programme is a priority at City. Breaking the social care cycle is essential in giving these young adults the chance to see a promising future unfold.

With that in mind, we aim to not only attract more care leavers to the University through our outreach work, but when they are here to provide them with a comprehensive support package that includes an annual bursary, a designated member of staff to offer them practical and pastoral support, priority accommodation that extends through the summer, priority for professional mentoring and mental health monitoring.

One of City’s care leavers, who has spent almost all of her life in care, was incredibly daunted by the prospect of studying at university. “It just felt that there was no safety net there and that if things went wrong, and with no one to turn to for support, it would simply be a huge waste of money and time. But after better-than-expected A Level results I really wanted to give it a go. What swung it was the amazing support that is in place for young people who have grown up in care. The bursary alone was a real tipping point for me. And having that member of staff who is always there when you’ve got concerns or worries has been invaluable. I’m just about to start my third year and – yes, I know it’s a cliché – I really feel that the world is about to become my oyster. It certainly didn’t feel like that three years ago.”

Learn a little more about City’s Care Leavers Initiative.

Help us to help them and donate now.