City’s Vision and Strategy 2026

City News.

Vision--Strategy-logoThe University is working on its Vision and Strategy for the next 10 years and has launched a series of engagement sessions with students, staff, the community and other key stakeholders with an interest in the institution’s future direction.

The Vision and Strategy 2026 and the supporting plans and strategies will be developed over a year and will come together from different strands of work – analysis, input from students, staff and other stakeholders and steered and led by the University senior leadership team. A final Vision and Strategy 2026 will be considered in May 2016 by the University’s Council and launched from 1st August 2016.

How you can get involved

As lifelong alumni of City, you are invited to attend a Business Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 from 8.45am – 11.00am at Cass Executive Education, 200 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD to give us your views on three specific areas: student employability; work placements; and, building partnerships.

This is an exciting moment for City and the event will also be a great opportunity to network, so please do come along if you can. Refreshments will be provided, and you can register to attend by emailing Bijel.Thakrar.1@city.ac.uk who can let you  have further details about the event.

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent Visits for Lunch

Cass Business School News.



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The Langham Hotel was the swanky destination for a lunch with the CEO and Chairman of the Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent (MBA Administrative Sciences, 1977) with the winners of the Defne and Muhtar Kent Prize in Entrepreneurship and the Coca-Cola Foundation scholars. Muhtar personally congratulated all scholars and presented them with a gift from Coca-Cola. Muhtar spoke very warmly about his time at then City University Business School and praised Cass for its achievements to date.

Prizes were awarded to Barbara Lisa (Executive MBA, 2014) and Daniel Riddett (Executive MBA, 2013) on behalf of the Defne and Muhtar Kent Educational Foundation, whilst Coca-Cola scholars Kajal Kanbi (BSc Investment, Insurance and Real Estate, 2017), Sameer Syed Alam (MA Publishing, 2012), Lynn Yu (BSc Actuarial Science, 2016) and William Johnson (BSc Banking and International Finance, 2016) were also there, and some took their chance to take a selfie with Muhtar Kent himself.

First runner-up in the Defne and Muhtar Kent Educational Foundation Prize in Entrepreneurship Barbara Lisa gets her prize from Muhtar Kent:

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Second runner-up in the Defne and Muhtar Kent Educational Foundation Prize in Entrepreneurship Daniel Ridett gets his prize from Muhtar Kent:

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And we had a rather large gift for Muhtar Kent to say thanks for his generosity:

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Academics and alumna share their experiences to mark National Women in Engineering Day

Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering News.

Lara Yusuff, BEng (Hons), Aeronautical Engineering

As long as you’re driven, determined to succeed and hardworking, you’ll prosper in engineering.

Lara Yusef

Lara Yusuff, studied for a BEng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering at City. After graduating, she went on to gain a Masters in International Business Management. After completing her studies, she worked for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and an aircraft interiors manufacturer as the Deputy Chief of Office of Airworthiness. Currently, she works for British Airways as a Quality Engineer. As part of her role, she conducts competency assessments and quality checks to ensure high standards are maintained at the airline.

How did you become interested in engineering?
I was introduced to engineering by my grandfather who is a mechanical engineer. Also, I’ve always had an interest in planes and aviation, so aeronautical engineering was a natural choice. As a child, whenever I travelled anywhere I would always find the airport and flying experience exciting and interesting.

I had a natural curiosity about how planes fly, the fact that they could seemingly defy gravity fascinated me. At school, maths was my best subject, which was a bonus as this was one of the subjects I needed to study aeronautical engineering.

Do you notice the gender gap in engineering?
Now that you ask, come to think of it, there are only a few women in my department and I happen to be the only female from my ethnic background but it’s not something I think about at all. I see myself as an engineer, not as a female engineer.

I’m not sure whether the gender gap is as a result of insufficient role models, or lack of interest or even information about the prerequisites for studying engineering which means that many young women don’t realise that they can actually do it.

Back at university, as a Student Ambassador for both alma maters, I had the opportunity to give talks to young people on the importance of higher education. As part of the Widening Participation Scheme, I worked with the Career Development team and educational institutions such as AimHigher to encourage our future leaders.

What do you need to be an engineer?
I think you need to be hardworking, passionate and determined to overcome the challenges one might face.

What are the common misconceptions about engineering?
It’s often thought that you have to be physically strong to be an engineer and that it’s a man’s job. In fact, while you might have to do some experiments, practical work and/or be hands on, generally I focus on the theoretical, scientific and managerial aspects about how things should work.

People also often think you have to be a genius or a geek, which isn’t the case either! As long as you work hard, you’ll do just fine. You definitely don’t have to be some kind of mathematical genius.

It’s also a misconception that only boys can excel at it or that you have to be a tomboy.

What’s the best thing about being an engineer?
I get to work with planes every day, which isn’t something you’d normally come across and on a daily basis too so I’m humbled to do this and for such a prestigious company.

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Smart Thinking with The Brain Exchange

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jeanetteJeanette Purcell is a Cass MBA alumna, graduating with a Distinction in 2001, and Managing Director of The Brain Exchange, an invitation-only problem-solving network for business professionals. She is also Managing Director of Jeanette Purcell Associates, a leadership and responsible management consultancy and a guest lecturer for Cass MBA and MSc programmes in London and Dubai. Previously she was the Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs (AMBA). She sat down for a quick chat about how The Brain Exchange came about, the problems facing leadership today, and cheese.

Tell me about your Cass MBA experience!

“Doing the MBA was an intense year where all other life interests had to fall by the wayside. I really threw myself into it, especially the group work. In fact, getting involved with the group was the key, making sure that it was harmonious and productive. We spent a lot of time together. All in all it was a life-changing experience – a brilliant thing to do in terms of all-round business knowledge, expanding my network and gaining inner confidence. It’s also much easier to exude that confidence in job applications when you can say you have an MBA from Cass.”

Do you participate in Alumni events?

“I have my own alumni network from my MBA and I have quite a few students that I keep in touch with from my guest lectures – in fact, one of them is now a client! I also go along to as many of the alumni events as I can.”

What gave you the idea for The Brain Exchange?

“When I moved on from my role as Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and into consultancy work, I realised very quickly that I was missing having a team around me to bounce ideas off and to help with creative problem solving. Most people decide things by talking them through with people they trust and respect, and this is what The Brain Exchange does for people without that inbuilt work team. It provides a business person with a forum to discuss business problems.

“With a colleague I set up a trial event, inviting 10 business people from different walks of life, including accounting, architecture and journalism. At each Brain Exchange, one person takes the hotseat, putting their issue to the group. There is then a moderated discussion for an hour, sticking to specific ground rules, and at the end of the hour the person in the hotseat should have ideas, potential solutions and actions to go away with.

Of those initial 10 people, each invited 10 more each, and The Brain Exchange flourished, holding one event per month since October 2013. It’s just been launched as a limited company, separate from my consultancy business. From September 2015 there will be an increase in the number of events, and the Brain Exchange idea is also spreading to organisations, for example the event at Cass, and to a charity which has members that will benefit from this forum.”

What is the biggest leadership challenge for companies today?

“My immediate reaction to this question is change management. It used to be that companies could go through a programme of change and then settle into the same business practices for years at a time. Now change is constant and significant. Companies need to be flexible and adaptable to the changing environment and to new technologies, to stay on top of the developments, and most importantly of all, bring their staff with them as the change happens.”

What is your most rewarding experience?

“Apart from doing an MBA? For me, rewards at work come from a feeling that you have accomplished something and that there is a noticeable impact from that change. As an example, when I was at AMBA I had a clear mandate for change and a huge challenge to go along with that. My goals included a strategic review, a desire to change the organisation’s priorities, and the wish to expand accreditation internationally. I achieved complete success in all three of these areas. Looking back on such a gruelling, difficult and controversial time, I’m happy to be able to say “blimey, we did that!” – and that’s the reward.”

Finally – it’s the quick-fire question round!

Favourite place in London: “Greenwich Park – it’s right by my house!”

Favourite place in Dubai: “The Old Town – it’s got a lovely marketplace and feels authentic.”

Must-check-everyday Website: “BBC News….or ebay!”

Dream travel destination: “Australia.”

Cheese or chocolate: “Can I pick cheesy chocolate – is that a thing?”

If you want to see The Brain Exchange in action it’s happening at Cass Business School, Bunhill Row on 14th July 2015. Price is £5. Click here for more details and to book your ticket.

Focus on #citylis Alumni: Kathryn Drumm

Arts and Social Sciences News.

Kathryn-Drumm-1b7fd6jPosted on 14/05/2015 to https://blogs.city.ac.uk/citylis by Ernesto Priego – part of “Focus on Alumni”, a series of blog posts written by #citylis alumni.

This post is by #citylis alumna Kathryn Drumm, Graduate Librarian Trainee at City University Library.

“I am currently eight months through a year’s graduate traineeship at City University Library. I had embarked on my MSc in Information Science at City after nearly 20 years in the broadcast industry but with no previous experience of the traditional sphere of libraries. Having seen the role advertised via the Jobs, Opportunities and Internships message board on the #citylis Moodle, I was keen to put the theory from the course into practice. I applied thinking that at the very least it would give me some valuable interview experience and was delighted when I was offered the post.

I spent the first six months in the library at Cass Business School. This is a much smaller site than Northampton Square. As such, it was a great introduction to library work as I did a little bit of everything – working on the front desk and helping with student enquiries, adding and withdrawing stock, processing memberships, collecting and collating statistics and helping out with promotions.

Having been a student at City was an advantage, as I was already familiar with using the library catalogue, Moodle and RefWorks. Answering queries from students is definitely easier if you have just been one. But there was a lot of “behind the scenes” processes that I wasn’t aware of as a student to learn about, as well as getting to grips with the range of financial databases available.

Of course there are the kinds of skills you can only pick up on the job, such as unjamming the printer and fixing the stapler!

After my six months at Cass, I have now moved to the main site in Northampton Square and am part of the digitisation and copyright team. At present, we are part of the way through a major project to copyright check PhD theses so that they can be digitised and made available via the British Library EThOS website and City Research Online.

I had started the course thinking that I would aim to find a position within industry, however my time here in the library has persuaded me that academic libraries may be my niche and I hope that at the end of my year here I can move on to a similar permanent position.”

Kathryn is on Twitter @dourgirl and City University Library @CityUniLibrary.