City Graduate School: Enriching Research, Supporting Success
City University London's Graduate School has been officially opened by Professor John Fothergill, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) and its Dean Professor Ken Grattan. All research students registered on a research degree programme at the University are members of the City Graduate School. It will work in close partnership with the academic schools and Professional Services of the University in order to meet the diverse needs of City's research student body.
At the official opening, Professor John Fothergill, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) said the School will support City's commitment to academic excellence: "As well as being of value to the individual, PhD students make an exceptional contribution to the life of a research intensive university like City. They underpin much of the research culture and are a significant part of the research environment. The benefit to the university is enormous and the wider contribution to the knowledge economy is very substantial."
Professor Ken Grattan, Dean of the City Graduate School emphasized the role of the School in building the community of research students across City, commenting: "City's Strategic Plan is ambitious in its research agenda and our research students play a key role in that, making a very important contribution to our research successes and to meeting the performance targets in the plan. The formation of the City Graduate School at this time is a clear indicator of the University's commitment to enhancing its research profile and enriching the learning experience of our research students."
The City Graduate School aims to strengthen City's research student community and support their personal, professional and academic development through creating a stimulating research environment. Opportunities will be provided for research students to gain experience in communicating and promoting their work both nationally and internationally.
The Graduate School Library Centre, a dedicated silent study area open to all postgraduate students of the University, was opened last month by City's Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran and provides an ideal environment to work and interact away from a Department.