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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Development and Alumni Relations Team welcomes two new senior members

Alumni Notice Board, City News.

David Street, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, joined City in January having spent nine years in a similar role at the University of East Anglia (UEA). Prior to his time at UEA David worked for a firm of fundraising consultants and has been involved in voluntary fundraising roles for many years. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

David’s current role is to develop the University’s relationships with individuals, trusts and foundations and companies who share our vision and objectives. After completing postgraduate qualifications David is very aware of the important role former students can play in the lives of current and future students and cites careers advice, mentoring of students and internships as examples of where the University needs help.

David’s role is also to help identify those who might be prepared to support the University in financial terms to help City meet its continuing challenges in an increasingly changing economic environment.


Sue Rees, Head of Alumni Relations, joined in March and has responsibility for overseeing all of the alumni relations activity for City graduates.  Originally from west London, she has over 20 years’ experience in Higher Education, having led the alumni relations programmes at both Anglia Ruskin University and University of Ulster.    Last year Sue was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship enabling her to spend five weeks in the USA looking at alumni programmes.  Sue has a BA Hons in History and Economics, and Diplomas in Management and Education Marketing.

Sue said:

“I am really looking forward to meeting with as many of you as I can over the months to come, and finding out how we can build on the excellent service that the Alumni Relations Office already provides. “


For more information about the Development and Alumni Relations Team, please visit our website

Ethical Issues in the Use of Telecare

Events, Health Sciences News.

Date: 17 April 2012

Time: 13:00 – 14:15

Location: AG01, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB, United Kingdom

Speaker: Jennifer Francis: Research Analyst, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Location: Room AG01, College Building, St John Street, City University London, EC1V 4PB

Note: Please let us know if you have any special requirements.

Contact: Please reserve a place by contacting Doria Pilling:

Jennifer Francis will examine the ethical issues which local strategies and protocols should reflect and which practitioners should think about when supporting people to use telecare services. The provision of telecare services raises ethical concerns particularly with regard to vulnerable people such as people with cognitive impairments, including dementia. For example:

  • How can practitioners ensure that monitoring people through telecare does not threaten their dignity, choice and privacy?
  • What control and flexibility will the individual have over the service?
  • Are all practitioners aware of Mental Capacity Act requirements to ensure that the individual has the capacity to give informed consent to the provision of a potentially intrusive telecare service?
  • How can practitioners support potential users to make decisions about whether to select the most appropriate type of telecare service that would best meet their needs?
  • What is the responsibility of equipment manufacturers to reduce the potentially stigmatising effect of certain types of telecare/telehealth equipment?

The presentation draws on SCIE’s Report 30: Ethical issues in the use of telecare (Perry et al., 2010), which is based on research commissioned by SCIE from the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities. Jennifer will use SCIE’s Social Care TV film about telecare ethics to introduce the topic and provide an overview of the issues.

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Language in autism spectrum disorders: From low-level auditory discrimination and prosody to high-level gesture and embodiment

Arts and Social Sciences News, Events.

Date: 02 May 2012

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Location: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

Series: Annual Psychology Lecture

Speaker: Dr Inge-Marie Eigsti, University of Connecticut (Clinical Division)

Annual Psychology Lecture at City University London

The autism spectrum disorders are a set of serious neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impairments in two interrelated domains: social interactions, and language and communication. Our understanding of the origin of language deficits in ASD has long focused on social deficits; many researchers have attributed language delays primarily to the lack of social interest. Recent research from our lab, and others, has complicated this picture. We have demonstrated that language impairments in ASD seem at least partially driven by deficits in very low-level (core) cognitive processes, which may cascade upwards and lead to much more comprehensive deficits in both communicative and social processes. These low-level  or core cognitive processes include 1) atypical strengths in auditory discrimination, 2) deficits in temporal coordination of motor movements, and 3) differences and similarities in implicit learning.  We report on both deficient and intact processing in these domains.  The identification of core cognitive deficits may provide clues to the core mechanisms underlying the symptom presentation in ASD.

Inge-Marie Eigsti’s research addresses a fundamental issue in human cognition: how constraints imposed by brain development and core neurocognitive processes impact on more complex aspects of cognition and learning, with an emphasis on language acquisition. As a scientist, she is intrigued by the interaction of language acquisition and brain development. As a clinician, she is motivated by the prospect of understanding the puzzles presented by atypical development and its consequences, and what implications this might have for intervention. Although most research on language acquisition and neurocognitive processes is based on typically developing learners, the study of perturbations in development can often lead to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of growth and change. Dr Eigsti uses several converging approaches to study these issues, including behavioural paradigms and structural and functional imaging in both atypical and normal populations.

Dr Eigsti is currently Associate Professor of  Psychology at University of Connecticut (Clinical Division) and Research Scientist at Haskins Laboratories.

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While in Russia: City University Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Arts and Social Sciences News, Events.

Date: 18 May 2012

Time: 19:30 – 19:30

Admission Price: £10 / £5 concession

LOCATION: LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NG

Tickets will be available from The Barbican box office shortly

The City University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Weeden returns to LSO St Luke’s to present an evening of Russian music, including the wonderful, and rarely performed Symphony No.1 in G minor by Vasily Kalinnikov

Soloist, Tatjana Goldberg joins the orchestra for a performance of Wienawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2.


Glinka, Mikhail: Kamarinskaya
Wieniawski, Henri: Violin Concerto No.2, Op.22
Kalinnikov, Vasily: Symphony No.1 in G minor

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