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Making the most of your time at City

Alumni Notice Board, City News.

London Skyline

City University London’s location in the heart of the City of London offers students a wide range of unique opportunities. Georgia Skupinski studied International Politics and Sociology at City and graduated in the summer of 2015. Here is her advice for students joining us this academic year:

Favourite area of London

I have so many favourite areas of London and they’re all so different and diverse, so make sure you explore everywhere you can. Portobello Market is fabulous on the weekend, take a hike up Primrose Hill or the Royal Greenwich Observatory for some great views. Explore the parks, most of them have boats in the summer which are really fun. The museums are free, take advantage of them. The Maritime, Imperial War and the National History museums are my personal favourites. Experience amazing food at Brick Lane market on the weekend, enter the lottery at the theatre – you may win free tickets, go for a run along the South Bank.

London is a city of opportunity, so make sure you make the most of it.

Favourite part of the City campus and place to study

My favourite part of the City campus is the College Building. It’s such a beautiful building and it holds so much history, look it up – the Great Hall was once where the Olympic Boxing was held. I love the College Common room for studying in between lectures, but I am a massive fan of the sixth floor of the library. Everyone respects the ‘silence’ rule and it’s a great place to go and focus.

If you need to do group work, the library has plenty of group study areas that you can book out. I found this really great – far better than trying to coordinate a group study or presentation in a noisy public café.

Places to go for a night out

Locally to City there is a Propaganda held on Friday and Saturday nights which is always a great night out and not too expensive. If you’re considering a more central location, there’s Tiger Tiger, Piccadilly Institute, Loop Bar and Sway – they’re always suitably busy and play everything from chart to 70’s/80’s/90’s music. Camden Koko, in fact the majority of Camden, is great for an alternative night out. If you’re over 21, Infernos in Clapham is a great night for cheesy music. There are so many places to go in London to suit everybody and I recommend the Design My Night website to find the type of night to suit you.

Places to eat

My favourite restaurant is Cafe La Divina on Upper Street, just up the road from City. It’s a great little independent Italian restaurant and the food is delicious while reasonably priced. Oblix in the Shard is also amazing – not so reasonably priced but is great for special occasions, I went there after my graduation.

Places to go for a drink

My favourite bar is either Dirty Martini in Liverpool Street or Madison which is a rooftop bar overlooking St. Paul’s. There are so many bars with great locations in London, so make sure you explore.

Coffee shops

I’m a creature of habit, so my favourite coffee shop is Starbucks, it’s consistently good everywhere I go. However they have managed to bag themselves so many great locations around the City, my favourite being the one in St Katherine Docks overlooked by Tower Bridge. You can sit there and watch the boats go in and out, it’s a really lovely location.

Hidden gems around campus

Tinseltown – I don’t know anyone who hasn’t ended up there at 3am after a heavy night of revision. It’s a short walk from Northampton Square, it’s open until really late and you can eat all the American diner food your heart desires. Nando’s in Angel is also great as City students get 20% off.

There are plenty of great places in Angel to eat – definitely take a walk down Camden Passage and Exmouth Market, both are really close to the University.

Advice for new students starting in September

Your time at University isn’t just about what you learn academically, it’s about you whole personal experience from learning to do your laundry, making new friends, dealing with personal issues and setbacks, to striking the work/social balance. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get it right the first, second or even third time – you will eventually.

Don’t hesitate to ask for support, go and see your personal tutor or the nurse, mental health nurse if you can feel yourself slipping. University life can be a massive change and City is here to support you.

The careers service is amazing, make sure you use it. I didn’t in my first year so I ended up cramming a million appointments into my last two years.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your future post-City. Think about filling out your summers with internships, you’ll thank yourself when you’re applying for full-time employment or further study after University. Also, see what part-time employment City has to offer. Unitemps and the Ambassador schemes have been a lifesaver for me financially and I’ve really enjoyed myself.

I have absolutely loved my time at City. Your time here goes so fast and I believe that is because I have enjoyed it so much. City promotes such a friendly environment and everyone is very welcoming. As soon as I saw Northampton Square I fell in love and I am sure you will too. I have a lot to thank City for and I hope that you are able to share the same experience.

Meeting new people and make friends

The best way to make friends is to completely throw yourself into everything and attend every event that you can find. Don’t worry if you haven’t found someone to go with, the chances are that the majority of people there won’t know anyone either.

You can also join a sports club or society. You’ll find people here that you have things in common with and that’s a great way to bond. I also recommend the Ambassador Scheme again, as I have made so many friends through this.

Post by Nicola Ranson, Communications Officer

City’s Vision and Strategy 2026

City News.

Vision--Strategy-logoThe University is working on its Vision and Strategy for the next 10 years and has launched a series of engagement sessions with students, staff, the community and other key stakeholders with an interest in the institution’s future direction.

The Vision and Strategy 2026 and the supporting plans and strategies will be developed over a year and will come together from different strands of work – analysis, input from students, staff and other stakeholders and steered and led by the University senior leadership team. A final Vision and Strategy 2026 will be considered in May 2016 by the University’s Council and launched from 1st August 2016.

How you can get involved

As lifelong alumni of City, you are invited to attend a Business Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 from 8.45am – 11.00am at Cass Executive Education, 200 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD to give us your views on three specific areas: student employability; work placements; and, building partnerships.

This is an exciting moment for City and the event will also be a great opportunity to network, so please do come along if you can. Refreshments will be provided, and you can register to attend by emailing who can let you  have further details about the event.

Students celebrate their achievements at January’s graduation ceremonies

Cass Business School News, City News.


Over 2,000 students celebrated their graduation from City at ceremonies held at the Barbican in January. The graduates were  joined by their families and friends and four distinguished individuals who received honorary doctorates from the University.

Banker Mr Richard Gillingwater CBE; journalist Mrs Penny Marshall, senior judge His Honour Judge Brian John Barker CBE QC and lawyer and economist Dr Anthony Papadimitriou all received awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to their professions. Dr Papadimitriou had the added pleasure of sharing this significant day with his son, MSc Shipping, Trade & Finance graduate Alexander Papadimitriou.

You can read speeches from all of City’s Honorary Graduates by visiting

Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor commented:

“Graduation is a highlight of the academic year and provides our students with the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with those who have helped and supported them. It also allows the University to present honorary awards to those who have achieved professional or academic distinction in their fields and are considered outstanding role models for our students. It is a privilege to award degrees to everyone graduating this week. They will join our community of over 130,000 City alumni.”

In 2015, over 5,000 students will graduate from City.


If you were at one of the ceremonies, please visit our Facebook page where we have uploaded an album from each day – feel free to tag, like and share! Alternatively, please find us on Flickr.

Thank you to our photographers, Francis Churchill (International Journalism 2015), Anna Pantelia (International Communication and Development 2015), Helena Kardova (International Journalism 2015) and Anna Villafuerte (Media Studies and Sociology 2017).

Win an iPad mini!

If you graduated in January, make sure that you join our Online Community before Friday 20 February to enter our prize draw. Three lucky winners will receive an iPad Mini 2 and four runners-up will receive a gift voucher worth up to £100.

If you are a City graduate, please visit for more information.

If you are a Cass graduate, please visit for more information.

Careers events

Alumni can continue to access City’s Careers Service for up to three years after graduation.

To find our what events we have coming up for recent graduates, including:

  • industry- specific panel events
  • employability skills sessions
  • company presentations
  • cv/cover letter/application form workshops
  • mock assessments
  • psychometric tests and;
  • volunteering opportunities

please visit our website

City staff, alumni and honorary graduates recognised in New Years Honours List

City News.

The New Year Honours list pays tribute to the achievements and service of a wide range of people across the United Kingdom and has been published annually since 1890. This year 1,164 people were recommended to the Queen for an award, including nine City staff (Alan Parish pictured left), alumni and honorary graduates:

His Hon Judge Brian Barker, CBE, QC, Hon LLD Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2014 Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Administration of Justice and to Charity.
Mr Matthew Hodson, MBE MSc Post-Registration Nursing CPD Programme Postgrad, 2009 / Visiting Lecturer, School of Health Sciences (since 2012) Awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire ( MBE) for services to Respiratory Care.
Dr Alice Maynard, CBE Ashridge MBA, 1992 (Affiliated College) Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to People with Disabilities and their Families.
Professor Julienne Meyer, CBE Professor of Nursing, Care for Older Adult, School of Health Sciences Awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Nursing and Older People.
Mr Alan Parish, BEM City Volunteer Archivist and Alumni Events Organiser / BSc Electric & Electronic Engineering SW – F/T, 1960 Awarded British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Higher Education.
Professor Dame Eileen Sills, DBE, CBE MSc Nursing – P/T, 1993 Awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Nursing.
Mr Simon Vincent, OBE BSc Banking and International Finance, 1985 / Former Cass MSc in Management Advisory Board Member Awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the Hospitality Industry.
Mr James Ward, OBE Professional Legal Skills, 1999 Awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Law and Order in the South West and service to the community.
Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE, CBE, Hon DSc Honorary Doctor of Science, 2014 / Chancellor, City University London, 2013-2014 Awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the Legal Profession, Diversity and the City of London.

The University’s brand new gym and sports centre, CitySport, is in its final stages of completion and will open on 2nd February 2015.

Alumni Notice Board, City News.

City Uni Sports Hall extended 02

The centre on Goswell Road will serve students, staff, the local community and of course, you our alumni, who will be eligible for special membership rates.

There is a gym split over two floors, fitted with the most sophisticated fitness equipment available today. The centre will be the hub for all University sports, with a large competition hall for team games, and studios for fitness and wellbeing classes.

For a virtual tour and more information on the facilities and membership, please visit the website.

If you have photos from your own time playing sport at City, please share them with us! Email or send hard copies (which we are happy to return) to Alumni Relations Office, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB.

City University London is seeking to recruit External Members to two of its Research Ethics Committees

City News.

ethicsThe External Members role on the Committees is to provide an independent perspective on all aspects of the ethics of research investigations involving human and animal subjects carried out in the University or under the auspices of the University, by its Schools, staff or students.

The External Member should be able to commit to attend at least 80% of the meetings (the number of meetings vary between 4 and 10 depending on the Committee). The Member should be external, independent and not professionally concerned with research on human participants. The External Member will be an individual who has professional standing but who has not been employed or been involved (including as a student) in any capacity with the University for a period of 5 years.

The role of the member includes:

• Reading and reviewing all applications against generally accepted ethical standards.
• Considering policy issues (e.g. best practice, application forms and guidelines) and other issues relating to research ethics.
• Attending at least 80% meetings of the Committee and contributing to the discussion of applications for ethics approval and other items of business.

The meetings take place during business hours. Applications are distributed to the members before the meetings to be reviewed. The volume of applications varies depending on the Committee. Applications are normally allocated to members to take the ‘lead’ on, meaning that the application is presented by one member who will have read it more thoroughly. However, members are required to read all applications. External Members may also be asked to take the lead on applications.

The position of External Member is unpaid.

The City University London Research Ethics webpages give information about ethics at City.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter (explaining in particular why you are interested in this position, why you think you would be appropriate for it and what you could contribute to the Committee) and your CV to Anna Ramberg (, Secretary to the Senate Research Ethics Committee. If you are successful, we will contact you in due course to arrange for a short informal interview with some of the members of the Committees.

Annual Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries Evening 2014

Alumni Notice Board, Arts and Social Sciences News, City Future Fund, City News, Events, Health Sciences News, Law News, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering News, New Courses and Scholarships , , , .

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 get 10% discount on postgraduate courses and Postgraduate Open Evening

City News, Events.

If you are a City University London alumnus you can benefit from a discount on fees of at least 10% when applying for one of over 150+ postgraduate courses at City. The next postgraduate open evening is 19th February 2014. To get further information about the discount send your enquiries to To attend the postgraduate open evening sign up for the event here.

Congratulations to City University London’s Newest Graduates!

Alumni Notice Board, Cass Business School News, City News, Events.









Last week more than 2,000 students received their degrees at City University London’s first graduation ceremonies of 2014. The successes of City’s six schools were recognised during the celebrations at the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London.

Graduates were joined by four distinguished individuals who were recognised for their outstanding contributions to their professions. The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, The Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Jim O’Neill and Professor Jörg Steinbach all received awards from the University.

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To see photos from the graduation ceremonies, please visit our Flickr and Facebook pages.

A warm welcome and congratulations go out to our newest alumni!

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