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City's Annual Court Event

The 44th annual Court event was held earlier this month. The event was an opportunity for members of Court and other friends of the University to hear about City's recent academic and financial achievements and our plans for the future.

by Sarah Birdsall

It was chaired by Pro-Chancellor and Chair of City's Council, The Honourable Apurv Bagri who spoke about City's heritage, making the point that although the University will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, our history dates back much further than that, to the late 19th century.

Professor Paul Curran at the Annual Court MeetingFollowing a short film about the University, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran, outlined the process now underway to develop the Strategic Plan or 'route map' to realise our Vision for City in 2016. The strategy will call for investment in people, in IT and in our estate. Professor Curran reassured the audience that by next year's Court event the Strategic Plan will be ready to share with the University's stakeholders.

Chief Finance Officer, Phil Harding, followed and gave an overview of City's financial performance over the past year making the point that in the academic year 2014/15 the University will feel the full benefit of increased undergraduate tuition fees.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Court event was a presentation by City's Professor Sir Roger Jowell who leads the European Social Survey, a multi-country, biannual survey funded by the European Commission and each participating country. The survey aims to measure and interpret changing social attitudes and behaviour. Sir Roger answered his own question of "why bother?" by telling the audience that the survey challenges national stereotypes, informs governance both within and across countries, contributes to social theory and explains the differences and similarities in national attitudes and behaviour.

In his closing address, City's Chancellor, the Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Michael Bear said: "City is thriving and well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future. It is a world class University in a world class city".

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