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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Library re-opened

City News.

We are happy to announce that Level 5 of the Library at Northampton Square has now re-opened on schedule.

The book floor has been redecorated and has new carpets and lighting along with improved wifi connectivity. The layout and the 180 study spaces have been designed to facilitate silent study and new shelving and signage will create the scholarly environment to complement the previous refurbishments that created collaborative study spaces on Levels 2 and 3 of the Library.

City Journalism Department’s 35th Anniversary Reception


14 September, 18:30 – 22:00
The River Room, Glazier’s Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD

If you are a graduate of our Journalism Department, we would like to invite you to a drinks reception at the spectacular Glazier’s Hall, London in September.

This event is an opportunity for you to come together with Department staff to recognise 35 years of world-leading journalism education.

As you know, we have an outstanding reputation in the industry. We have achieved this through state-of-the-art facilities and high-quality staff. It is, therefore, with great sadness, that we say goodbye to two members of our team this year, Anna McKane, Undergraduate Course Director and Heather Purdey, Director, International Journalism MA.

We hope that you will be able to join us at the reception in thanking Anna and Heather for their valued contribution to City and in celebrating this milestone in our history.

Speaker: Professor George Brock, Head of the Journalism Department


Please RSVP to confirm your attendance:

You are also invited to leave your farewell messages to Anna and Heather on the RSVP form. These will be printed into books for them.

If, unfortunately, you are not able to attend, please update your contact details using the same form so that we can keep you informed of other events and activities.

Reopening of City’s bandstand

City News.

The last remaining bandstand in a residential square in London has been refurbished – by City! The 1930s shelter in Northampton Square has been officially reopened after its restoration funded by the University.

Our  predecessor, the Northampton Institute, started as a community education centre in the square in 1896 before it became City University in 1966.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran said: “We hope that the bandstand will be a symbol of the proud history that we share with this part of the borough of Islington.”

City, Cass and Santander Community Day on Freightliners Farm

Alumni Notice Board, Cass Business School News.

What has the Development and Alumni Relations Team been up to lately?

Well, as part of our relationship with Santander, who currently sponsor nine scholarships for City students, we were asked to coordinate a ‘Community Day’. Our brief was to find an activity for a group of 20 staff from City, Cass and Santander Universities that would provide some benefit to the community.

This led us to Freightliners Farm, situated in the heart of Islington. It is predominantly run by volunteers, many of whom have suffered from mental health issues or have physical disabilities. Freightliners provide the opportunity for members of the local community to engage with the environment, and each other, through animal care, horticulture, and sustainable practices. The livestock includes chickens, cows, sheep, rabbits, some rather cheeky goats, two fabulous, enormous pigs, Tina and Tamara and beehives. Arable farming comprises a small meadow and several covered and outside gardens. Some of the produce from the farm can be enjoyed in its cafe.

We spent the whole day at the farm, cleaning the animal’s pens, shovelling manure for use as organic fertilizer, and rebuilding the chicken coop. We all got stuck in and it was a thoroughly satisfying day.

For more information about Freightliners, which offers free admission to the public, please visit It is well worth a visit as the smiling children visiting throughout the day demonstrated!

To see a short video clip from the day, please visit our YouTube Channel.

To see some photos from the day, please visit our Flickr account.

Saddlers is ‘shaping up’ / Call to former sports club & society members


Date: Tuesday 19 July

Time: 17:30

Venue: Saddlers Sports Centre, 122-130 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7EJ

City University London has enjoyed some exciting sporting events in its history, including hosting the 1908 Olympic Games boxing tournament!

The story of sports at City is like a walk through the annals of history and over time City has offered activities as diverse as jumping, shooting, gymnastics and swimming.

The most recent chapter has seen 37 years of sporting community built up around the current Saddlers Sports Centre in Goswell Road.

Join us as we celebrate this history, thank the Saddlers themselves and bid a fond farewell to the current building as it closes its doors for an exciting redevelopment project.

Due to re-open late in 2013, the new Centre will provide students, staff and the community a high-quality sports venue with outstanding facilities.

Register your interest on the evening for a chance to win free membership for a year.

We are also looking at ways we can engage former City sports club / society members with current University life. Please get in touch if this applies to you!

5.30pm – Arrival and exhibition
6.00pm – Toasts and speeches
6.20pm – Celebration and sports showcase

Please RSVP, even if you will not be able to attend. You will see that there is space on the form for you to tell us if you were a member of a City sports club or society.​ni/saddlers-is-shaping-up

Graduation and Alumni Reception for BMus and BA Creative Industries

Arts and Social Sciences News, Events.
Date: Tuesday 26th July
Time: 18.00 – 22.00
Venue: The King’s Place (Battlebridge Room), 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
The Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise would like to invite all former Music and Creative Industries students to a drinks reception at Kings Place. This event will be an opportunity for alumni from these programmes to catch up with old friends, and network with other cultural sector professionals.

We will also be celebrating the graduation of the latest cohort of students from the Department, who will have received their awards at the Barbican earlier in the day.

We plan for this reception to become an annual occasion, so we do hope you are able to join us for this inaugural event.

There will be wide range of staff attending the event, including Professor Christina Slade (Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences), Professor Stephen Cottrell (Professor of Music, Head of the Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise), Dr Miguel Mera (Head of the Centre for Music Studies) and Vicky Woollard (Head of the Centre for Cultural Policy and Management), amongst many others.

RSVP: Please RSVP, even if you will not be able to attend. By updating your contact details, we will be able to keep you informed of other events and activities you may wish to attend in the future.

Invitation to join your local City Alumni Group

Alumni Notice Board.

As graduates from an international university, City alumni can be found all over the world. If you live outside the UK,  you are invited to join your local City Alumni Group  – we have over 55 worldwide.

There are many ways you can benefit from being a member of one of our International Groups. For example, if you have just moved, you might want to get some advice to help you settle in. If you are interested in building your professional network, being involved with local events would be great for you.

Please click here for a list of countries in which we have International Groups. Email your local Coordinator for information on group activities to date and how you can join in.

If there is not a group in your region but you are interested in meeting up with other alumni and helping to build the City brand locally, please click here for information on becoming one of our Group Coordinators.

International Updates


In June, Cass Business School graduate Robert Grant hosted four events for alumni currently living in Canada. Two were held in Toronto, one in Vancouver and a final event in Victoria. Further events are being planned for the autumn.

To get involved in future activities, please email


James Shuster (Music 1978) is planning to host a September picnic for alumni living in the California / Arizona / Nevada area.

If you are interested in being involved (either with the organising or attending) please get in touch for more information – If you are friends with any City alumni living in these areas, please pass this message on to them. It’s possible we do not already have their contact details.

In August, we were thrilled to welcome one of our Alumni Group Coordinators for Ghana back to City (and very pleased to hear that it was warmer than in Robert’s hometown of Kumasi!). 


Robert Kyei-Gyau (International Journalism, 2006) was visiting London so it was a great opportunity for us to show him around the new Journalism Department and find out what we can do to support the Alumni Network in Ghana.

Robert is planning to host an event in Accra this autumn. Please contact him directly if you would like to be involved.

Robert Kyei-Gyau

From left to right: Celia Enyioko-Hanniford (Alumni Communications Executive), Robert Kyei-Gyau (International Journalism, 2006) and Carly Stewart (Alumni Network and Events Manager)

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