Journalist alumnus Andrew Marshall wins Pulitzer Prize

City University London alumnus Andrew Marshall has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He becomes the first graduate from City’s Journalism Department to win the prestigious prize.

Andrew was recognised with colleague Jason Szep for their series on the oppression of the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar. Congratulations to Andrew from all of us.

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Staying connected with City has helped Alumna to excel in her field

Jaz Rabadia (BEng Mechanical Engineering 2006, MSc Energy Environment Technology & Economics 2009) talks about how staying connected with the University has helped her to excel in her field, raise her profile and continue her professional development.

She said: “City University has been such an integral part of my career and the six years I spent there were six of my best. I feel indebted to the university as I am sure many others do. I would encourage more alumni to reach out and offer their insights and experience to current students to ensure we have a pipeline of future professionals ready for what the world will have to offer”.

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The Tab, online newspaper founded by City Alumnus, sponsors new journalism bursary

City University London is delighted to announce a new bursary for prospective MA Newspaper Journalism orMA Interactive Journalism students. The bursary, sponsored by The Tab, an online newspaper for university students, will be offered over 3 years.

The Tab was founded by City alumnus Jack Rivlin (MA Newspaper Journalism 2012) and Cambridge University alumnus George Marangos-Gilks.

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Memorial Prize named after Optometry Alumna

Rita Watts

Rita Watts

Rita Watts (Ophthalmic Optics, 1961), who sadly passed away last year, very generously left an unrestricted gift in her Will for the Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City University London.

The Division will use her gift to fund an annual prize for the next 10 years, called the Rita Watts Memorial Prize, which will be awarded to an undergraduate Optometry student with the highest first year marks.

Abdulqadir Karimjee, the first student to receive this prize, is a second year Optometry student who is interested in pursuing a career in optics or visual optics. About receiving this prize he says:

“First and foremost I would like to thank Rita Watts for her generosity and for giving students just like myself the opportunity of being recognised for their academic success. City University London is a university that supports you, pushes you to do your very best and recognises its students as individuals rather than just a name on a list. I am grateful for alumni like Rita who share this vision as this prize has truly made a difference to my student experience at City.”

Professor Chris Hull, Head of the Division, also comments on the Prize:

“It’s a great honour that the late Mrs Watts chose to recognise her alma mater with such a generous gift. Studying optometry at City clearly left a mark in her affections. Her legacy has given us a chance to recognise and reward academic excellence for those we hope will become leaders of the profession in the future. Congratulations to Abdulqadir on becoming the first recipient of this prize; we shall watch your career with great interest.”

If you are interested in discussing a gift in your Will and how it can best be used to support our students, please contact Jennifer Palmer on 020 7040 5559 or at

Cass Alumnus and Founder of Humble Grape Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign

James Dawson (MBA 2004) is a multi-faceted entrepreneur with an International background. After studying Economics and Psychology in South Africa he did an MBA at Cass and then went on to work as an MD in the financial sector with roles in Paris, New York and London.

In 2009 he started Humble Grape, a profitable wine merchant and events company, which already has an existing private and corporate client-base in London, along with an extensive portfolio of 130+ unique wines, directly imported from boutique, family-owned, vineyards.

James Dawson

James Dawson, Humble Grape Founder

James explains why he decided to become an entrepreneur: “Creating something from nothing, breathing life into it and then nurturing its growth is one of the most exciting things I could possibly imagine.  Being the master of your own destiny and being able to do what is best for the business makes me excited to face each new day.”

Business Expansion Campaign

Humble Grape has decided to expand onto the high street with a wine bar and retail shop in Shoreditch, and James’ team is raising awareness about a crowd funding campaign launched recently.

James explains the objective of the campaign: “The main point of the campaign is to give people the opportunity to take part in the Wine-Tech revolution which aims at disrupting a 500 year old business, something that has already started a few years ago in the U.S. and that will gradually happen to London in the next 5 years. We believe that technology together with a fun educational approach can really simplify the way people connect with the world of wine.

Equity crowd-funding is a fantastic opportunity for startups to expand with the help of everyone, from investors to the community. The equity offered is 15% on the entire Humble Grape brand and anyone can invest from as little as £10. By supporting us, you also support all the sustainable little vineyards we import the wine from, raising awareness of high-quality handcrafted products and healthy drinking.”

They are also organising a crowd-funding free party on Thursday 27 March, and it is open to everyone interested. Jeff Lynn, CEO of Seedrs, will be the guest speaker.

To learn more about the Humble Grape, please visit their website:

Dr Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington Memorial Fund

Dr Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington was a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Admissions Tutor for the Civil Engineering undergraduate course and Course Director of the MSc in Civil Engineering Structures. She died aged 38 in March 2012 after a long fight against cancer and the Dr Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington Memorial Fund was set up in her memory.

Christiana packed an immense amount of teaching, research and administration into her eight and a half years at City University London. She was a dedicated academic and brought a special enthusiasm and understanding to her teaching and interactions with students ensuring that they had the best possible experience during their studies.

The variety of roles that Christiana took on whilst a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences meant that she came into contact with colleagues from across the School.  Your contribution to the fund will be used to support undergraduate and postgraduate students in Civil Engineering.

You can visit the Christiana Dymiotis-Wellington memoriam page here where you can donate to the fund in her memory.

Cass MSc Alumni/Student Get Together Events – 27 February and 6 March, 2014

Calling all students and recent alumni of our Cass MSc courses. As it’s been a while since you left us here at Sir John Cass Business School it would be great to see your lovely faces again!

Cass Business School are pleased to announce their first Alumni/Student Get Together events on 27th Feb 2014 and 6th March 2014 (depending on your course)… a brilliant opportunity to meet old faces and make new friends over a couple of drinks.

Tickets £10 (including drinks and snacks). All proceeds from ticket sales go to the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

For recent alumni of our MSc Real Estate/Trade and Finance/Management courses get your ticket here.

For recent alumni of our MSc Finance/Quants programmes get your ticket here.

Current students can visit the Course Office to get their ticket.

We look forward to seeing you!

Beating Cancer Through Gaming

Current City students and alumni have been instrumental in producing a new smartphone game in which players analyse real cancer data with the aim of finding new treatments.

While people are playing ‘Play to Cure: Genes in Space’, the app will sift through a pool of data, highlighting genetic faults which can cause cancer.

Developed by Dundee-based Guerilla Tea, players guide a spaceship along an intergalactic assault course to collect a precious material known as “Element Alpha”.

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