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Supporting our students to support the local community

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Students celebrating Ada’s 100th birthday in local care home

Rida Khan, Karishma Patel and Anjorna Nanda celebrating Ada’s 100th birthday in a local care home. Their project, The Senior Citizens Venture, aims to tackles loneliness and promote the health and happiness of elderly people.

The Student Development Team has benefited tremendously from donations of both time and money from our alumni community. This has allowed us to support even more of our students through professional mentoring and enabling students with a passion for volunteering to develop their own projects.

Our Annual Report 2014 – 2015 tells you more about the work that we have been doing.

We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from the City Future Fund and will continue to develop our work so that current students are supported from the start of their time at City to the point where they too become an alumnus.

If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to this work, please contact


City Alumni! Will you spare one hour of your time with a current student?

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Snapshot Scheme

The Careers, Student Development and Outreach Department at City University London runs an initiative to help students engage with employers and helpful alumni to allow them to experience what the work environment is like.

Snapshot: Your Insight into Industry, is an initiative that offers a great opportunity for highly motivated students to get a “foot in the door” of business and the professions, develop their interpersonal skills and boost confidence, while offering you as Alumni a great way to keep in touch with the University and talent of the future.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for professionals who are able to spare one hour of their time in February to give a current student a short tour of their office environment and share some information on their career path to date.

How do students join the Scheme?

This is a highly popular scheme, where students have to apply for a place. The programme focuses on highly motivated students who will derive the most benefit from industry exposure and candidates are chosen based on their motivation and level of commitment.

How will you be matched with students?

Throughout the selection and recruitment process, students are asked to specify their industries of interest. We will then match them with employers and alumni who are able to provide them with more insight into their chosen field.

Does this really help students learn more about industry?

Absolutely! Many of our students join the scheme because they feel that they do not have access to professional networks. A recent Snapshot student, having attended a tour of Bloomberg’s offices, said “Bloomberg’s relaxed and diverse working environment really impressed me and this has encouraged me to do further research into their company. Hopefully I can send a graduate scheme application by the end of summer”.

The Scheme also received a commendation at the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for “Excellence in engagement with business, the professions and partner organisations”.

How can you help?

If you would like to volunteer your time to help out a student, please do get in touch with Vin Bhabra directly at

This initiative is supported by City’s FutureFund.

Talk to you in November! Annual Telephone Campaign

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As the autumn term approaches, we are looking forward to speaking to many more alumni as part of the annual Telephone Campaign. From the 3rd November, an enthusiastic team of students from City University London will be calling alumni to find out more about their time at the University and let them know about the amazing things that have been achieved thanks to donations to the City Future Fund from alumni like yourselves.

Last year, over 1700 conversations were had between students and alumni. Memories were shared, advice dispensed, and an incredible £72,000 was pledged to support the Annual Fund this year.

The Annual Fund is a way for alumni to make City an even better place for current and future students, providing unique opportunities and extra support that would not otherwise be possible. The generous donations made during the Telephone Campaign are the backbone of the support that we can offer students through the Annual Fund, such as bursaries for talented undergraduates and career development opportunities for all students at City.

Emma was one of the first recipients of the City Future Fund bursary. This year she is writing her dissertation and hoping to apply for a Master’s degree.

“I have enjoyed my time at City so much that I have decided to apply for an MA in Speech and Language Therapy to follow on from this course. I am so grateful for City Future Fund for supporting me and making the enormous leap, from working mum to student mum, a successful one. It has had a ripple effect to the rest of my family too. My daughter was set on finishing college and going straight into work. She thought university meant moving away from home, combined with a miserable workload and boring lectures. My experience has inspired her to stay on at college to gain enough UCAS points to apply for university herself.”
Emma Rhodes 3rd Year BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science

We hope you have time to speak to a student this year and consider making a donation to support the Annual Fund. 100% of every gift you make goes towards student-based projects, helping to give more students the opportunity to thrive while at City.

Interested in supporting the Annual Fund? Please get in touch with Rachael on or call her on 020 7040 4236

Contributed by Rachael Gil

Annual Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries Evening 2014

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Scholarship-Awards-Ceremony-2014One of the most enjoyable events in our academic year, according to the Vice-Chancellor of City University London Professor Paul Curran, is the ‘Annual Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries Evening’.

The event brought some of our most outstanding students together with some of our most generous and committed donors in an evening filled with emotional thank you speeches and a warm family atmosphere.

The purpose of the evening was to formally recognise the students who have received these awards and to also say thank you to the individuals and organisations that have generously funded them.

Deborah – Fay Ndlovu, who received the Wellcome Trust Scholarship and is finishing her MA in Science Journalism, gave a truly inspirational speech about her academic and personal journey and thanked the Trust for supporting her. She highlighted the importance of facing challenges in order to re-discover her own abilities, and also how she will be going back to her hometown in South Africa as a ‘new woman’.

Deborah said “I have acquired a diverse set of skills through this course and renewed my confidence in my career and myself. I have learnt through my time at City that an academic institution isn’t just designed to equip students with professional skills but can build their personality as well.”

“Thank you to the Wellcome Trust and to all of you donors who have allowed me and all the students here tonight to see that, paraphrasing actress Lupita Nyo’ongo, ‘No matter where I am from – and what my past is – my dreams are valid’

Students who benefited from the City Future Fund Scholarship and Travel Bursary Scholarship were Duc Hoang, Zoe Rinaldi, Justyna Wolczyk, Zahra Abdollahi, Karthik Budidha and Natalia Grincheva.

City University London would like to thank all the institutions, charitable foundations, Livery companies and individual donors who have made these scholarships, prizes and bursaries possible. Your support enables the University to recognise outstanding academic performance and continues to help us attract the most able students. Learn more about supporting our students.

Alumni donate over £72,000 to help current students

Cass Fund, City Future Fund.

City University London alumni pledged to donate £72,000 during our recent Annual Telephone Campaign last November. Donations were made to the City Future Fund and Cass Fund, which provides financial support and professional mentoring to students during their time at university.

A big thank you goes out to our alumni for the contribution you have made to help make a positive impact on the lives of students at City.

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City Future Fund Telephone Campaign

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The City Future Fund’s biannual telephone campaign will run from 2nd November to the 24th November. A team of City students will be calling alumni to talk to them about recent developments and seek support for the City Future Fund.

The City Future Fund supports three key areas: World Class Research, Student Support and Community Outreach.  We are grateful to all those who donated to the City Future Fund last year. Alumni and friends raised over £63,000 which funded student scholarships and bursaries, enabled PhD students to present their world class research across the globe, gave 200 City students mentors for the year and much more.

Many alumni we spoke to also shared how much they liked talking to someone who was studying at the same institution as they did, and how enjoyable it was to catch up on the developments that have taken place at City since they graduated.

We hope to be able to raise even more for the City Future Fund this year and make an even greater impact on the lives of our students.

Thank You Event 2013

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Hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Curran, our annual ‘Thank You’ event recognises and celebrates the generosity of our most valued supporters. Guests heard from the students and staff they have helped and learned how their support has benefited the University as a whole.

Guests were also able to see how City has grown and developed since their last visit during a tour of the campus.

To see photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

For more information on how to become a City supporter, please visit our website.

Annual Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries Evening 2013

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The Development and Alumni Relations Office hosted the Annual Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries Evening on Thursday 24 January.

The prizes and scholarships awarded not only recognise students of outstanding ability but also enable students experiencing financial hardship to study at City University London. Congratulations to all the students that were nominated and awarded this year!

We would also like to thank all the institutions, charitable foundations, Livery Companies and individual donors who have made these awards possible.

If you would like to know more about supporting City students in this way, please contact David Street, Director of Development and Alumni Relations – or +44 (0) 20 7040 55.

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated last month!

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Welcome to your Alumni Network.

If you didn’t pick up any graduation souvenirs on the day, you can browse our alumni merchandise now! The range we have on offer includes bespoke jewellery, class of 2012 hoodies, t-shirts (printed with your name and those of your fellow classmates), Waterman pens and City branded certificate frames.

The City Future Fund, which supports current students, receives up to 20% of the revenue from the sale of these items.

We have also uploaded some photos from graduation to our Facebook page. Please feel free to tag, comment or add your own.


Launch of Volunteer Management Programme

City Future Fund.

This week, City is launching a new Volunteer Management Programme. Current students who would like to make a difference and help change lives in Islington are encouraged to apply for funding of up to £250 to set up a volunteer project.  Students will present their project ideas to a panel of City staff, alumni, ex-staff and the Students’ Union Executive team who will then decide on the level of funding.  City is committed to helping the local community and this programme will address the needs of one of London’ most deprived boroughs.

It is only with a very generous donation from an alumna that we have been able to set up this programme. A regular donor to the City Future Fund, the alumna was so impressed with the impact the City Future Fund is having on students, that she wanted to help more.  One of her passions is helping community groups in need so asked for her donations to be directed to helping students get involved in volunteering in Islington.  We are very grateful to our alumna for her ongoing support (she wishes to remain anonymous).

Students involved in the programme will benefit from project management, budgeting and volunteer experience, all shining examples to put on their CVs for those important job applications.  Above all, the local community will benefit and with support from City alumni, we hope to continue the programme next year.

For more information on how to become a City donor, please contact Lucy Gabe, Senior Campaign Manager – or  +44 (0) 207 040 3098.

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