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School of Health Sciences Health Conference, 29th – 30th January 2015

Events, Health Sciences News.

City University London, in collaboration with Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Centre invites you to join us for City University London’s, School of Health Sciences, Health Conference, Dubai.

The 2-day conference will cover topics including:

  • Language, Learning and Cognition in Children and Young People
  • Chronic Disease: Implications for Assessment and Management.

This conference is designed for: Teachers/Educators, General Practioners, Family Physicians, Paediatricians, Residents, Interns, Nurses and other allied health professionals.

CME Accreditation.

This conference is free of charge.

Venue: Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic, Medical Center, Building 14, Dubai Health, Care City.

To register please visit

Get free eye tests, contact lens fittings, aftercare and 20% off new designer glasses, all while supporting our 3rd year Optometry students.

Alumni Notice Board, Health Sciences News.

City Optometry77City’s newly refurbished Fight for Sight Clinic offers free sight tests, contact lens fittings and aftercare. The clinic recently joined forces with Topcon, a manufacturer of optical equipment for ophthalmology and surveying, putting it at the forefront of developments in eye care technology.

As well as a standard eye test, you will receive a check for underlying health conditions such as diabetes and glaucoma using a state-of-the-art OCT camera which takes a digital photograph and 3D cross-sectional scan of the back of the eye.

Not only will you receive a thorough eye examination, your support will enable our Optometry students to continue to develop their clinical skills.

As a City alumnus you are also entitled to a discount of up to 20% off a complete pair of glasses (frames and lenses) including a range of exclusive designer styles.

To book your appointment please call 020 7040 8338 or email

City University London, Fight for Sight Optometry Clinic, 7-9 Bath Street, London EC1V 9LF. Closest tube station: Old Street

Congratulations to Class of 2014

Arts and Social Sciences News, Cass Business School News, City Graduate School, Health Sciences News, Law News, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering News.

Nearly 2000 students have received their degrees at City University London summer graduation ceremonies. The successes of City’s six schools were recognised during the celebrations at the Barbican in the heart of the City of London. City was also delighted to award its first international joint degree certificates.

Read full article…

City University London Graduations Summer 2014

City University London Graduations Summer 2014
















To see the photos from your graduation day visit our virtual gallery!

Graduation Day – Monday 14th July 2014

Graduation Day – Tuesday 15th July 2014

Graduation Day – Wednesday 16th July 2014

We also posted some snaps on Facebook and Twitter!

Annual London Reunion 2014 at City

Alumni Notice Board, Arts and Social Sciences News, Cass Business School News, Events, Health Sciences News, Law News, Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering News.

Every year City University London alumni are invited back to their alma mater for the Annual Reunion in London. The event gives former students and members of staff an opportunity to catch up and network while enjoying refreshing drinks and lovely food. The most recent reunion took place on Saturday 12th July.

Alumni and their guests were welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran, who spoke about recent developments at City and the exciting changes which are happening around the campus, including the new CitySport building on Goswell Road, due to open in late 2014.

This year, for the first time, the Reunion offered a number of optional activities in collaboration with the five Schools. The School of Arts and Social Sciences welcomed alumni with a fascinating talk, delivered by Professor Jean K Chalaby, Head of Sociology, about the TV industry and its cultural significance. Ronen Palan, Professor of International Politics then examined the meaning of a fair, economically stable and politically legitimate society after the Global Financial Crisis, and finally Professor Stephen Cottrell, Head of the Departments of Music and Culture and Creative Industries, presented the latest operations of Music at City and played a selection of recent student work.

Guests were also invited to explore the outstanding new facilities of the Clinical Skills Centre at the School of Health Sciences. Professor Stanton Newman, Dean of the School, gave them a warm welcome and also explained the importance of the School’s leading healthcare research and its impact on policy and in society. There was also an opportunity for attendees to participate in interactive demonstrations.

Annual London Reunion 2014

Annual London Reunion 2014













Professor Steve Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School, talked about the latest developments in the School and encouraged attendees to participate actively on any activities offered at Cass. Meanwhile Law Librarian, Emily Allbon, was offering a library tour to our guests and explaining the introduction of a new online resource called Lawbore. This tool will help City Law students to access a variety of information that will help them with their studies, including their mooting and legal research.

The new School of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering was introduced by Professor Roger Crouch who then led a tour of the recently refurbished laboratory facilities and gave a presentation about the recent School achievements and its future direction. Finally, there was an entrepreneurial showcase organised by the Enterprise Office. A couple of City alumni entrepreneurs were invited to present their businesses and talk about their experience.

The 2014 Reunion continued when our guests gathered back at the Great Hall where there was the opportunity to network whilst enjoying refreshments. Alumni from over the decades were invited to leave messages on a message board. Here are some of their memories:

“My time at City (Northampton College) was the best time of my life.” Richard, 1958-1964.

“Even though I am an alumna now, I still do feel like a student of this wonderful university” Natalia, 2013

“Being a student at City was the best time ever for me! I miss all those days and great friends from all over the world” Keta, 2004

“Two of the most productive years of my life, academically and for personal development. A very inspiring start-up session too!” Janet, 2001

Several alumni expressed their warm feelings towards City by making donations to the City Future Fund, enabling us to improve the experience for their successors at the University and a number also signed up to be a Mentor under the widely recognised Professional Mentoring Scheme.

Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to welcoming you in 2015!

Annual London Reunion 2014 Photo gallery

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.

Memorial Prize named after Optometry Alumna

Alumni Notice Board, Health Sciences News , .
Rita Watts

Rita Watts

Rita Watts (Ophthalmic Optics, 1961), who sadly passed away last year, very generously left an unrestricted gift in her Will for the Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City University London.

The Division will use her gift to fund an annual prize for the next 10 years, called the Rita Watts Memorial Prize, which will be awarded to an undergraduate Optometry student with the highest first year marks.

Abdulqadir Karimjee, the first student to receive this prize, is a second year Optometry student who is interested in pursuing a career in optics or visual optics. About receiving this prize he says:

“First and foremost I would like to thank Rita Watts for her generosity and for giving students just like myself the opportunity of being recognised for their academic success. City University London is a university that supports you, pushes you to do your very best and recognises its students as individuals rather than just a name on a list. I am grateful for alumni like Rita who share this vision as this prize has truly made a difference to my student experience at City.”

Professor Chris Hull, Head of the Division, also comments on the Prize:

“It’s a great honour that the late Mrs Watts chose to recognise her alma mater with such a generous gift. Studying optometry at City clearly left a mark in her affections. Her legacy has given us a chance to recognise and reward academic excellence for those we hope will become leaders of the profession in the future. Congratulations to Abdulqadir on becoming the first recipient of this prize; we shall watch your career with great interest.”

If you are interested in discussing a gift in your Will and how it can best be used to support our students, please contact Jennifer Palmer on 020 7040 5559 or at

A man of vision – remembering Geoff Woodward

Health Sciences News.

Many in the optometric community and students and staff at City and Moorfields Eye Hospital are mourning the loss of Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Woodward who passed away at his home on 9 November.

Professor John Barbur from the School of Health Sciences recalls an outstanding colleague and friend whose association with City began in the 1950s.

Edwin Geoffrey (Geoff) Woodward, who died at the age of 79, was an outstanding optometrist, an expert in contact lenses and an international leader in his field. His greatest interest was in keratoconus, a degenerative disorder of the eye that formed the topic of Geoff’s doctorate thesis. His significant contributions in this field made over many years found clinical applications that received international recognition.

Geoff commenced his long association with City in 1952 when he joined the Northampton Institute (later to become known as City University London) to study Ophthalmic Optics in the Department he was later to lead, but then headed up by Bill Swaine.

He qualified in 1955 and then completed two years of National Service in Europe and Malaya, where he served as an Ophthalmic Optician in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Geoff was particularly proud of his field work in Malaya where he worked in several hospitals. On completion of his National Service, Geoff returned to study pathology and contact lens practice in 1957, followed by practice work and teaching appointments in London, Newcastle, Denmark and Norway. Later Geoff was appointed Principal Optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital working in the Contact Lens Department.

Geoff committed much of his time to the profession of Optometry where his administrative skills and dedication were second to none. He served on the General Optical Council and chaired its Professional Conduct Committee. He also served for many years as a Council Member and later as President of the College of Optometrists where he strongly promoted the academic side of the College through direct support for research in Optometry.

His appointment as Head of the Department of Optometry and Visual Science at City University London in 1987 gave Geoff the opportunity to pursue what are arguably his greatest professional and academic achievements. In research, he brought together basic scientists and clinicians with benefits to both. His office became his laboratory where his collaborative efforts led to work on keratoconus and corneal topography. The new approach to corneal curvature measurements Geoff developed in collaboration with basic scientists continues to provide significant advantages, particularly when large surface irregularities make conventional techniques difficult to apply, such as in keratoconic eyes. Geoff also pursued his strong interest in contact lens materials and related infections, largely through collaborative projects with Moorfields Eye Hospital. His efforts helped secure new accommodation for the Department’s Clinics and strengthened considerably the Department’s links with Moorfields Eye Hospital which continue today. He helped young lecturers to develop academic careers and supported the development of the Applied Vision Research Centre in Optometry and Visual Science to promote closer interaction between scientists and clinicians by pursuing fundamental research with clinical and industrial applications.

Following his retirement, Geoff became Emeritus Professor in 1999 and in spite of continuing with many of his professional activities, he managed to spend more time with his family and particularly his five grandchildren who were an important part of his life.

Geoff remained true to his scientific beliefs by bequeathing his body to the Department of Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University for medical research. There will not be a burial, but a Memorial Service to honour Geoff’s life and achievements will be organised in January 2014.

Edwin Geoffrey Woodward FCOptom, DCLP, PhD – 1934-2013

The Optometry department has a strong presence at this year’s AOP awards

Health Sciences News.

The Optometry department were well represented at this year’s annual Association of Optometrists awards dinner at the Birmingham Hilton on the 7th November.

Polly Dulley, who obtained both her BSc and MPhil from City, became Great Britain’s optometrist of the year. Bernard Gilmartin, who also received his PhD from City, was presented with the evening’s top prize, the lifetime achievement award.

Unfortunately, although Ron Douglas and Steve Gruppetta, shown with the host for the evening, BBC Breakfast Naga Munchetty, both made the last 3 of the lecturer of the year award, the gold medal position eluded them. However, City definitely would have got the team medal on points (if there were such an award).

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