Financial Times European Business Schools 2014 Ranking

The Financial Times has today published its European Business Schools ranking 2014 and Cass has been ranked 4th in the UK and 19th in Europe.

This ranking is compiled by amalgamating the Financial Times’ rankings for Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Education and MSc Management, and we are pleased to have maintained a high position.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our alumni, for your contribution to our continuing high rankings.  I hope that those of you who will be called upon to participate in future rankings will continue to support the School as Cass ambassadors.

Best Regards

Professor Steven Haberman


City alumnus launches new book – Digitizing Government: Understanding and Implementing New Digital Business Models

Digitizing GovernmentDr Jerry Fishenden (BSc Music, 1984; MPhil, 1996) is pleased to announce the launch of his book at an event on 3rd December at the Royal Institute of British Architects .

Join thought leaders, politicians, practitioners and journalists including Chi Onwurah MP (Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office) and Liam Maxwell (UK Government Chief Technology Officer) at what will be a well-attended and impassioned debate. Discussion will revolve around how to deliver better digital services in government and call for radical transformation of the way in which we think about, commission and deliver UK GOV services.

The book, Digitizing Government – Understanding and Implementing New Digital Business Models, provides practical advice for understanding and implementing digital transformation to increase business value and improve client engagement.  Easy-to-read, it is organized into “why”, “what”, and “how” sections and examines the major elements of digital transformation, with clear steps for improved execution of digital strategies.

It is available for sale on both Amazon UK and Amazon US.

An exciting new initiative offered by Cass Executive Education, which includes a preferential rate for participation in 2015 of 20% off the full programme fee for you and/or four colleagues!

200 Aldersgate 92In response to the ever growing need for intense, relevant and impactful learning experiences for busy executives we are launching a portfolio of short development programmes for 2015. Aimed at those looking to innovate, invigorate and galvanise their workforce in order to transform business, we seek to improve professional agility and equip executives to achieve new heights in the areas of leadership, strategy, governance, general management and finance.

As an alumni member, I am delighted to announce that you and/or four of your colleagues will receive a preferential rate for participation in 2015 of 20% less than the full programme fee. As you will have come to expect from Cass, the programmes bring together academic excellence, cutting edge research, contemporary business insights, practical exercises together with individual coaching and focus.

If you would like to learn more about the new programme portfolio, or can identify colleagues within your organisation that might benefit from attending, please call my colleague Charlotte Kramer on 020 7040 8269 or email her – Alternatively you may wish to forward this information to colleagues responsible for learning and development within your organisation.

I trust you will find our portfolio of programmes compelling and thank you for your continued commitment to Cass.

Dr JoEllyn Prouty McLaren
Cass Executive Education

XCity 2015

XCityIf you are a PG Journalism alumnus, it’s that time of year when we ask for your help reviewing and updating the details we currently hold for you. As you know, XCity Magazine is City University London journalism department’s flagship publication. Each edition includes a bumper directory of over 4,500 alumni and their career history since graduating from the University. Putting in all of the updates is a tough job carried out by a dedicated team of current Magazine MA students.

The deadline for submitting your details is Monday 2 February 2015. If we do not hear from you by this date, we will assume all of your details are correct.

For more information and to update your details, please visit our website. Thanks!


MSc Real Estate 2011 alumnus receives Highly Commended Award

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Kostas Papacharalampos MRICS received the award in Planning and Development at the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards 2014.

Kostas says, “I had the pleasure of having fantastic professors while at Cass, and great support from everyone in the Cass Masters and Careers teams.”

My year at Cass was my first step into property development and the UK’s business world, relocating to London from Greece in mid-2010. I am very grateful and am a proud Cass alumnus.’

Congratulations Kostas!

City alumna celebrated for debut novel

She RisesCity University London Creative Writing alumna Kate Worsley has been awarded a 2014 Historical Writers Association (HWA) Award.

From a total 21 entries, Kate was chosen to receive the HWA Debut Crown for her first novel She Rises, a tale of dangerous adventure in an 18th century warship.

The awards were announced at the Harrogate History Festival where all five shortlisted authors took part in the festival’s New Blood discussion panel.

Judges awarded the £2,000 prize to the novel they believed to be the best debut historical novel published in the UK this year.

This year’s judging panel comprised founding HWA committee members and leading novelists, publishers and journalists.

Kate studied for an MA in Creative Writing (Novels) at City where she was mentored by acclaimed historical novelist Sarah Waters.

Read full article

Alumna Ayesha Mustafa (MA Transnational Media and Society 2007) listed in the BBC’s 100 Women of 2014

logoThe Founder & Director of, an online fashion retail site, Ayesha partners socially responsible brands from all over the world, working closely with their founders to create new and exciting products. These products have received acclaim from numerous leading fashion publications, including British Vogue.

Congratulations Ayesha!

Read Ayesha’s interview for Guardian Professional (June 2014), in which she discusses the rewards and challenges of running a sustainable online fashion portal.

Q and A with Clifford Thompson – MA in Creative Writing alumnus discusses prestigious summer scholarship


Clifford Thompson, City University London MA in Creative Writing alumnus, received a scholarship from the writers’ colony The Norman Mailer Centre over the summer.

The Norman Mailer Centre awards scholarships to promising writers to continue the literary legacy of the twice Pulitzer Prize winner, Norman Mailer. Following Mailer’s death in 2007, the Centre was set up by Mailer’s long-term friend and collaborator Larry Schiller, in order to foster the talent of a new generation of writers. It’s supported by Mailer’s family and fellow writers, including Salman Rushdie and GQ Magazine.

As part of his scholarship Clifford spent three weeks in the US and was invited to attend the Centre’s On the Road programme held at the University of Utah; a workshop for promising writers. More than twenty writers were invited to participate, with places awarded for fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Previously Clifford worked as a firefighter before becoming a staff journalist at the BBC where he has worked for twenty years. He has a BA (Hons) in Humanities from Birkbeck, University of London and City’s MA in Narrative Non-Fiction, from which he graduated in 2012 with a distinction. We caught up with him to ask him about his experiences on the prestigious programme.

Read interview


Say hello to Schooner!

Whilst studying for his Executive MBA at Cass Ali Saribas decided he wanted to start a business, but never imagined it would be in the periphery of the fashion world.

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Ali, and his business partner Kemal, thought that they would start a business in tech, designing a new App; “My friend and I were heavily debating what the next best idea would be, which always ended up with us trying to design a new mobile application. We eventually realised that there was no point in trying to build something that we had no real passion for. My friend called me to meet-up for drinks as he had found the next big idea…. a plain white t-shirt.”

Schooner t-shirt

Schooner t-shirt

But this is no ordinary t-shirt. Schooner is focussed on delivering ethically and environmentally-friendly wardrobe basics. “We are trying to increase the value propositions to customers that we think matter the most. We have made it our mission to keep the retail price at minimum to showcase that something that has been produced ethically and environmentally-friendly can not only be of high quality but also not at astronomic prices.”

And boy have they managed it! The 100% organic cotton t-shirts feel luxuriously soft. The premium cotton is sourced from Turkey, chosen because it is part of the Better Cotton initiative, which improves the production of cotton and is better for the environment it grows in as well as the people who produce it. If that’s not ethical enough, Schooner donates 20% of each sale to the charity War Child, and provide a certificate with each t-shirt letting the buyers know who their donation will help, along with stories of kids in the refugee camps. “We wanted to help today to ensure a better tomorrow for the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war.”

If you’re not already reaching for your credit card and ordering your Schooner t-shirt, then this will be the deal breaker; “The t-shirts retail for £11, which is competitively priced against the high-street. It comes in a fully recyclable package with a piece of soap to make sure that the t-shirt smells nice when you open it.”

To find out more about student entrepreneurship at City, please visit City Starters.


Cass Supply Chain/Operations Management Professionals Meeting – 27 November 2014

Cass Supply Chain Society is delighted to invite you to the first Cass Supply Chain/Operations Management Professionals Meeting on 27 November 2014.

The purpose of the event is to provide a networking opportunity for current MSc Global Supply Chain Management students and alumni working in supply chain industry.

Time: 18.00

Location: Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, EC1Y 8TZ, London

Participants: Current Cass MSc Global Supply Chain Management students and Cass alumni working in supply chain industry.

We would love you to share your professional experience with our students, therefore we hope that you will get in touch if you are happy to share your knowledge about the supply chain industry, its challenges and day to day operations.   

17.50 Registration

18.00 Welcome speech from Dr Sinéad Roden, Senior Lecturer in Operations & Supply Management and Co-Director of MSc in Global Supply Chain Management and Byung-Gak, Senior Lecturer, Supply Chain Management

18.10 Promotional video about MSc Global Supply Chain Management programme

18.15 Discussion with alumni working in the Supply Chain industry.

18.50 Networking session and refreshments

Please RSVP by 17th November 2014 to Brian Choong (

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

With best wishes,

Christian Read-Nilsson
Managing Director
Cass Supply Chain Society