City, University of London marks formal accession to the University of London
It formed part of the University’s Foundation Day celebrations
City, University of London has received its Certificate of Accession to the University of London federation at a ceremony presided over by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The Certificate was presented to City’s Chair of Council, Mr Rob Woodward and President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, as part of the University’s Foundation Day celebrations.
Foundation Day is the University of London’s annual recognition of the granting of the University’s first charter by William IV on 28th November 1836. As well as marking the 180th anniversary of the creation of the University, this year’s event also saw the conferment of Honorary Degrees and recognised 80 years since the completion of Senate House, the University’s administrative headquarters.
Speaking after the event, Professor Sir Paul Curran said:
“This formal occasion marking our accession to the University of London is the next chapter in City’s story and a reflection of our success. We bring our historic strengths, professional credibility and deep-rooted City of London heritage to the diverse and dynamic academic community that is the University of London. We look forward to playing a full part in the federation’s future”.
Over 400 guests attended this year’s ceremony, including staff and students from the 18 independent member institutions of the University.
The University of London presented its first honorary degrees in June 1903. Among the recipients were the Prince and the Princess of Wales, while later awards were made to King George V and Queen Mary. Since then, the accolade has been bestowed on a wide range of distinguished individuals. Recipients have included actress Dame Judi Dench, Noble Prize-winning poet and playwright T S Eliot, ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn and renowned sculptor Henry Moore. Among this year’s recipients were Michael Hayman, Baroness Tessa Blackstone and Professor Peter Kopelman.