City celebrates success and welcomes new Chancellor at the meeting of the Court
City University London has held its Annual Meeting of the Court, providing an opportunity for key stakeholders to learn more about the University's strategic direction and achievements during 2014. The Court includes members of the Council and Senate, representatives from City Livery Companies and stakeholders from collaborative institutions and partnerships.
The Annual Meeting was the setting for the installation of the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow, as City's latest Chancellor. Alan is the 687th Lord Mayor of the City of London and a specialist in investment banking. During the meeting, Alan was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of his services to the City of London.
Of his new role at City, Alderman Yarrow said he was "incredibly proud", describing the University as "a stunning academic institution." He introduced himself to the Court, commenting: "As the new Chancellor I think we should be speaking louder about what a great asset this University is to the City and how much it contributes to the country. As ambassadors of the City I hope you'll join me in sharing the success of this great institution."
Following the Chancellor's introduction, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Paul Curran provided a review of the year and Professor Richard Verrall (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Strategy & Planning) outlined progress against the University's ambitious Strategic Plan. Stephen Avery, Chief Financial Officer, presented an overview of City's finances. Professor of European Union Law, Professor Panos Koutrakos, then delivered an academic presentation, highlighting some of the research activities taking place at The City Law School.
Speaking about the University's academic progress, Professor Sir Paul Curran said: "We have invested and continue to invest; in people, infrastructure and our estate. Now halfway through our Strategic Plan, our investments are beginning to bear fruit as we strive to take our place among the world's leading universities."
"Factors like our research income, the satisfaction of our students and undergraduate entry qualifications have never been higher. Our rankings both nationally and internationally are increasing and we continue to transform the lives of our students on a daily basis. This week's spectacular achievements in the national Research Excellence Framework will go a long way to securing our strong academic reputation both nationally and internationally."