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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.

Cass guest lecturer and Organisational Psychology alumna Chantal Gautier launches new book. 20% discount available to students and alumni!

Arts and Social Sciences News, Cass Business School News.

Chantal GautierThe Psychology of Work: Insights into Successful Working Practices integrates psychological theory with personal narrative from global industry leaders, as well as those entering the workforce, to offer tangible insights into the real world of work. It is ideal for students, professionals and anyone with an interest in how successful organizations operate. It charts the development of the field of organizational psychology and provides the key theoretical frameworks. Crucially, it explores how these can be utilised to enhance organizational culture, and why this is so relevant and important in the modern workplace.

Through the inclusion of interviews with students, The Psychology of Work reveals what the future workforce expect of the organizations that they are going in to and encourages students reading the book to reflect on what kind of leaders they would like to be. The book is also a valuable resource to support professionals and practitioners, highlighting current working practices and the need for change, offering practical guidance on how to bring the ‘humane’ back into organizational life.

A special discount (saving 20%) is available to students and alumni who pre-order the book with the discount code POWL20 (offer expires 31 March). Enter the code when prompted at the checkout via

City alumna invited to present at the European Communication Research and Education conference

Arts and Social Sciences News.

Carolina_AreCity University London Journalism alumna, Carolina Are, was invited to present her undergraduate dissertation at the 2014 European Communication Research and Education (ECREA) conference.

ECREA is a society for communication scholars that holds a bi-annual conference featuring the best communication research, concepts and proposals from across Europe.

For her dissertation, Carolina produced a piece of research on how British journalists used Twitter to report on Margaret Thatcher’s death. It was awarded the prize for highest achieving dissertation on the BA Journalism course in 2014. As a result, Carolina was encouraged by her supervisor to submit a proposal based on this work to the ECREA selection panel. Carolina’s dissertation was subject to a strict peer review and was selected ahead of a number of experienced scholars.

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

Arts and Social Sciences News, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering News.

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.

XCity 2015

Arts and Social Sciences News.

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!


City alumna celebrated for debut novel

Arts and Social Sciences News.

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.

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

Arts and Social Sciences News.

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

Arts and Social Sciences News.


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.

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Journalism alumna Iona Craig wins prestigious award

Alumni Notice Board, Arts and Social Sciences News.



Iona Craig, BA Journalism 2010, is an independent journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen where she has been working as the Times Yemen correspondent since 2010. She has recently won the Frontline Club 2014 award, Print category, for her work in the region. The Frontline Club Awards seek to recognise new emerging talents and established names who have shown integrity, courage and independent spirit in their work.

Meet Iona

Iona used to work in the horse racing industry, riding and training racehorses in the UK, Australia and Ireland.  After thirteen years she left the world of jumping and racing behind her to return to the UK where she studied her degree at City in addition to studying Arabic for two years part-time.

According to her blog, since her graduation Iona has worked for: BBC Newsnight (in 2008), the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (2010), GCap Media (now Global Radio 2007-2008), Bloomberg News (2010) and gained valuable experience with the Sunday Times after winning the Tom Walker Trust Award in 2009.

In October 2010 she moved to Sana’a, Yemen and worked as an editor and then managing editor for The Yemen Times. Due to growing demand as Yemen’s revolution began she left the Yemen Times in February 2011 to concentrate on freelance work.

Iona’s work in Yemen

Craig has covered America’s covert war in Yemen for four years. Her investigation into a US drone attack that left 12 civilians dead, took her to travel undercover to the strike site six days after the bombing of a wedding convoy in remote central Yemen.

The Frontline Club describes her work:

“A story that it takes courage and careful preparation to report given the danger of kidnapping in Yemen. But it is important that people on the ground verify who is being hit by drones – otherwise the story is left to propagandists.

Iona Craig has done this convincingly in the sort of story that only a reporter who knows a country well can do.”

Iona has been back as a guest lecturer at City University London, spoken at the British Yemeni Society and Chatham House. She has also carried out workshops and training for journalists in both Yemen and the UK.

Learn more about Iona’s work.

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