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Focus on #citylis Alumni: Kathryn Drumm

Arts and Social Sciences News.

Kathryn-Drumm-1b7fd6jPosted on 14/05/2015 to 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.

City Doctoral Student Publishes First Book on Horticultural Therapy in the UK

Arts and Social Sciences News.

Author Photo Outside Karnac Bookshop“Working with veterans really ignited my interest in trauma”, says Joanna Wise, author of the recently published ‘Digging for Victory: Horticultural Therapy with Veterans for Post-Traumatic Growth’, “and the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology here at City has allowed me to develop this interest both clinically and as the subject of my research”.

“Through the Doctoral programme I’ve had access to cutting edge research on the neuroscience of trauma, and I’ve been supported to put this new knowledge into practice and increase my confidence and expertise with a variety of relevant clinical placements with a broad range of client groups”.

“I chose Counselling Psychology, and City University in particular, to further my career as they are sufficiently confident and forward looking to support diverse views and encourage the exploration of what might constitute effective, accessible, mental health care for hard-to-reach client groups such as veterans. My doctoral research here will follow on from the evidence base I set out in my book: I’ll be flying out to Belfast next week to visit a PHA-funded Horticultural Therapy project that is piloting a combination of mindfulness and nature-based methods to improve the mental and physical well-being of veterans with PTSD. This is a really exciting time to be involved in research that explores effective ways of helping people cope with trauma, and I couldn’t do this without the support and expertise of the Department of Psychology and the facilities available here at City.”

“If readers are interested in the work I am doing on Horticultural Therapy with veterans, please visit Karnac Books.

See your future in health care? Start here

Health Sciences News, New Courses and Scholarships.

HealthCity’s School of Health Sciences offers a range of Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) degree courses for alumni who have a first degree from a subject non-related to healthcare, but wish to work in the healthcare sector.

Our PG Dip courses are funded by the NHS for home students and on successful graduation students gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), providing an internationally recognised professional qualification, allowing them to work in the healthcare sector in the UK and overseas.

Find out more about our courses:

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing / Adult

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing / Child

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing / Mental Health

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We have limited places available to study on our PG Dip courses this September, so if this sounds like the next step for you, check out our course pages and apply through UCAS undergraduate today.

For further information on all our courses please contact our Admissions Team via phone 020 7040 5000 or email

Drinks and Networking Reception with the Dean of Cass Business School, Brazil – May 2015

Cass Business School News, Events.

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Professor Steve Haberman will be visiting Brazil in May. To coincide with his trip he would like to invite you to join him and Ruth Velenski, Head of Corporate Development, for a drinks reception in either Rio or Sao Paulo.

These events are an opportunity for you to meet other local alumni and find out more about the latest developments at City.

Monday 18th May – Windsor Atlantica Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1020 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro RJ, 22010-000

Wednesday 20th May – HSBC Tower, Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 3064, São Paul

Booking information will be available shortly. In the meantime, please save these dates to your diary.

You are also warmly invited to join the City University London & Cass Business School – Brazil (Alumni & Supporters Group). This is an alumni-led group which we hope you will find useful for making new connections and sharing information.

We do hope you will be able to attend one of the evenings.

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