Alumni get 10% discount on postgraduate courses and Postgraduate Open Evening

If you are a City University London alumnus you can benefit from a discount on fees of at least 10% when applying for one of over 150+ postgraduate courses at City. The next postgraduate open evening is 19th February 2014. To get further information about the discount send your enquiries to pgenquiries@city.ac.uk. To attend the postgraduate open evening sign up for the event here.

Cass Alumna Launches Professional Network for the Finance Industry in London

Victoria Salem (MSc Management 2012) recently launched The Golden Network, a professional networking community designed for members of the financial industry in London. The Golden Network will organise sophisticated events and offer its members advantages and offers, through collaboration with high-standing partners around London and aims to be London’s premier member’s community for the financial sector.

The Golden Network will also guarantee its members exclusive access to high-end clubs, bars and restaurants around London. In order to preserve its core values of privacy and exclusivity, access is restricted so that members’ services remain relevant and enjoyable.

After graduating in 2009 from the University of Paris Dauphine with a Master’s degree in Economics, Victoria interned for Macquarie Bank in Sydney in business strategy, and in strategic planning for Condé Nast (London). She then gained her second Master’s degree, in Management from Cass in 2012, before spending a year in Private Wealth at Merrill Lynch.

Having acquired a variety of work experience and skills, she decided to create her own business and in February 2014, The Golden Network celebrated its official launch at Vogue House in London.

Speaking of her new venture Victoria says: “having a clear entrepreneurial mind and leadership skills, I always knew that one day I would start my own business. With The Golden Network, I have assembled everything I am passionate about – networking events, socialising, VIP treatment, high standing venues and sophisticated nights out – and decided to create a business out of it. Being an entrepreneur is a 24-hour job, but it is the most interesting and enriching adventure I have ever undertaken.

Whilst working in finance myself, and being an avid networker, I was disappointed by the lack of focused networking opportunities. While communities existed, I found them too open-ended to be really useful and was inspired to create something new.

The next step is to develop the same type of community around the world (Asia being probably the next destination).

So please do visit the website, follow me on LinkedIn and hopefully one day I will be welcoming you as a member!”

Engineering Alumnus Publishes Book of Poems

Clayton Didier (BSc Civil Engineering 1963) recently published a book of poems entitled Echoes & Memories (Revised Edition): A Collection of 31 Poems. The book stands as one man’s testament to a life filled with everything from world war to present day happenings and is cast against the background of living on two continents, with comparisons in culture, levels of social and political development, opportunities, expectations, and quality of life.

The poems are about nature and the nature of man. They revisit people, places, and concepts that have stood out in the Clayton’s life, and he hopes will stand out in yours.

For more information about the book and Clayton visit the author’s website.

Cass Alumnus is Beneficiary of Santander Internship Scheme

Santander UK is helping fund internships for City graduates to work for smaller companies in an effort to encourage the young population to consider working for an SME rather than a large business. The scheme is open to all City students and recent graduates.

We caught up with Stelios Fragkasis (BSc Management 2012), a City alumnus of Sir John Cass Business School and one of the beneficiaries of this scheme. Below are excerpts from his interview.

If you are an SME or City graduate and would like to know more about this scheme, please contact Vin Bhabra in City Careers Office on Tel: 020 7040 8425, Email: manvinder.bhabra.1@city.ac.uk.

1. What is your current position/occupation?
I am an intern leveraged finance analyst

2. Why did you choose to study at Cass?
I chose Cass for its top ranking as a global business school and for its tailored courses to the business world. Besides, I was attracted to its links with the City and to its location at the heart of London.

3. What is your most treasured memory of your time at Cass?
The opportunity to mix with people from different cultures. But, I will always remember the demanding modules and the wide number of team projects.

4. How did you get to know about this internship?
I received an email from City Career’s office outlining that City advertises internships with SMEs. Then, I sent my CV.

5. What does the internship entail?
Portfolio monitoring  of private equity owned companies

6. When you’re not working, what’s your favourite thing to do in London?
Meeting friends and moving around London.

7. And lastly, what does the future hold for you?
I am interested in extending my knowledge in financial markets and obtaining the CFA qualification.

Law Alumnus to Walk the Length of Great Britain for Charity

Big Dave's Little Stroll

David Redmond (BVC 2006, LLM Criminal Litigation 2007) is walking the length of Great Britain to raise money for Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support and the MS Society.

Called “Big Dave’s Little Stroll,” Dave is going to walk from John O’ Groats to Lands End. Starting on 30th June 2014, he will be completely on his own, will be carrying all his own kit for the entire journey and will be sleeping in a tent every night.

His rules are simple: no cars, buses, boats, trains or planes… no donkeys or other livestock… no hitching a lift on a passing teenagers handlebars or nicking the skateboard or rollerblades off of the local kids. Only pure leg power is going to drive him for the 1100 or so mile journey and what is more… he is aiming to achieve this in about 50 days (give or take).

All the money raised will be divided equally between his three chosen charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society and Help for Heroes.

To find out more about Dave, why he is taking on this challenge and to donate to his cause visit his website. You can also follow him on Facebook.

Getting by with a Little Help from her Friends

Christina Jensen

Many of the students lining up to collect their degree certificates at City University London’s graduation ceremonies at the Guildhall last month were fulfilling a life-long dream. For student speaker Christina Jensen the realisation of that dream must have seemed a distant prospect when she experienced a very real nightmare.

Christina had been working as an intern at the Danish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, for just a few weeks when she witnessed one of the worst terrorist atrocities in the country’s history at the Westgate Shopping Mall on 21st September 2013.

Despite experiencing such a traumatic event Christina completed her MA and had some inspiring words for her fellow graduates: “What this past year’s experiences has proven to me is that it is an uncertain future and world that we live in, but that our success comes from within. It come from us believing in ourselves, believing that we can make a difference and be the best we can be.

“No matter what the future holds, no one can take away from us that we are sitting here today and finished what we started. Our education from City University London is something that will be with us forever, supporting our future goals.”

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Cass Graduate Launches Finance Career with Prestigious First Job

Leon Bezverkhni

More than 2,000 students from City University London donned caps and gowns last month to collect their degree certificates during the first graduation ceremonies of 2014.

Leon Bezverkhni was one of those who celebrating at Guildhall having already got a foot on the career ladder. The Cass Business School student secured a highly coveted place on the graduate analyst program with Deutsche Bank Switzerland. Originally from France, Leon came to Cass to study for the MSc Financial Mathematics.

“I chose Cass because of its distinguished reputation. Finance is an industry as risky as it is crucial. I wanted to give myself the best chance to find my dream job in the industry. With its close links and proximity to the City, Cass seemed like the obvious choice”.

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City Graduate Earns his Scroll at 83

Tony Spurgin

Though Tony Spurgin joined over 2,000 students graduating from City University London last month, his success was unique.

The 83-year-old resident of San Diego, California, earned a PhD in Engineering with a dissertation titled: “Safety and Economics of Nuclear and High Risk Organisations”. Remarkably, he completed the degree as a part-time candidate in three years, which is the standard duration for a full-time doctoral student.

His return to the nuts and bolts of rigorous academic study also marked a homecoming to his alma mater. Spurgin holds a B.Sc in Aeronautical Engineering (1952) from City’s predecessor, the Northampton Engineering College and fondly recalls his student days at Northampton Square:

“In those days I enjoyed most of the subjects which were taught by excellent tutors. These included topics such as mathematics, metallurgy, aerodynamics and aircraft performance. I was also the recipient of a team tie for water polo and a full cap in rugby.”

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UPDATE: The Times Higher Education did a Q&A with Tony. You can read it here.

Congratulations to City University London’s Newest Graduates!

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Last week more than 2,000 students received their degrees at City University London’s first graduation ceremonies of 2014. The successes of City’s six schools were recognised during the celebrations at the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London.

Graduates were joined by four distinguished individuals who were recognised for their outstanding contributions to their professions. The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, The Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Jim O’Neill and Professor Jörg Steinbach all received awards from the University.

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To see photos from the graduation ceremonies, please visit our Flickr and Facebook pages.

A warm welcome and congratulations go out to our newest alumni!