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.

Cass Executive Development would like to offer you/your colleagues a 15% reduced rate on programmes within our newly expanded Open Enrolment portfolio!

Cass Business School News, New Courses and Scholarships.


This innovative portfolio of modular, intensive 2 to 3 day programmes will provide just-in-time learning personalised to your specific development needs.

This pioneering executive development approach will ensure you and your executives learn at the speed of business with topics such as:

  • Professional Development Programme for Non-Executive Directors – (16 April)
  • Leading Digital Transformations – (10-11 June)
  • Becoming Your Client’s Trusted Advisor – (17–18 June)
  • Corporate Governance: Creating Value for All Stakeholders – (1-2 July)
  • Strategic Decision Making for Leaders – (6-7 July)

Or try our flagship experiential executive leadership development programme delivered at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst which includes:

  • Strategic Leadership in Action – (Module 1: 15 to 26 June; Module 2: 14 to 18 September)

Please let me know if you or any of your colleagues may be interested in participating in our contemporary, action-oriented learning and networking experiences in our state-of-the-art executive thought-leadership and development centre to:

  • Personalise development objectives
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Cass Alumnus wins Thames Valley Mentor of the Year

Cass Business School News.
Mark NeildMark shakes hand of CMI CEO Ann Francke

At the Royal Institution on 26 March, Mark Neild, MD of Reading based Agileering Ltd was awarded Mentor of the Year 2014 for the Thames Valley Region.  Nominated for his work with African entrepreneurs through the charity Grow Movement, CEO Claire Jenkins noted “As well as inspiring his Rwandan client to new heights, Mark has been doing amazing things to support Grow Movement more widely. His insights into best practice in motivating and enabling our clients and when teaching, coaching or mentoring works best are hugely appreciated by our volunteer consultants.  His patient pragmatic coaching style is highly effective.”

In the UK, Mark is better known as one of the Mentors in residence at the new innovation hub Grow@Green Park, which launched in the middle of 2014. Co-founder Adam Clark praised Mark’s “great talent for cutting through complexity – getting straight to “cause and effect”. He sees the bigger picture clearly but also is exceptionally good at all those fiddly details you miss when you’re too close to your own business.”    Mark is also a mentor and judge for the City University City Spark startup competition and coached at the Oxford Launch weekend event at Said Business School last autumn.  Thames Valley SMEs can benefit from his experience through Growth Accelerator the Government backed scheme aimed at encouraging business growth in smaller firms.

In January, Mark took over as Chairman of Grow Movement and is now leading the charity through its own major growth program.  Mark’s aim is for Grow to have 100 times the impact by 2020 and is pleased to be working with Mark Salway at the Cass Center for Charity Effectiveness on the strategy.  One of his first tasks was to sign an agreement with the London Business School to collaborate on a study to determine the benefits of entrepreneur education on alleviating poverty in Uganda.  “We are going to run 600 projects with entrepreneurs in Uganda in the second half of this year – the scale is a little nerve-racking, but the opportunity is fantastic so we are really keen to recruit more business people to volunteer.  We have had some great volunteers from Cass and would love to have more.   We use phone and video conferencing so there is no need to travel, making it by far the most cost-effective economic growth program of its kind.”

From City to the City: 30 years of work and lessons learnt

Cass Business School News.

Alan BrightIn 1983, Alan Bright graduated from City with an honours degree in Banking and International Finance. He bought a flat in Docklands with his wife, a fellow City graduate, and started the six-mile daily commute into Central London, which he still does today.

“I arrived at City in 1980, a year after the Conservatives came to power under Margaret Thatcher. The then head of the business school, Professor Griffiths (now Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach), was one of Mrs Thatcher’s advisers and being at City felt like being close to the corridors of power – there was much discussion about monetarism, rational expectations and the Chicago School.

After City, I was a graduate trainee with Midland Bank (later bought by HSBC). I expected interesting and challenging work to be handed to me on a plate rather than having to go looking for it – I just kept my head down and did the work I was given, which was not what was expected. There were no long-term prospects and so I left, moving into market data with a succession of vendors.

In 2000 I was made redundant from Bridge Information Systems – later bought by Reuters – and, after a time at an internet start-up, I resurfaced as European editor at Waters, a City technology magazine.

I was working long hours at Waters but unable to deliver quite what my boss wanted. After waking up in the middle of several nights in a cold sweat – quite literally – thinking about work, I resigned in early September 2001. I was pulled out of attending a conference my employers were holding in the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001. Everyone at the conference died, including my boss and several colleagues. I was glad I had left on good terms.

Through a contact, I got a maternity cover job in marketing communications at SunGard Trading & Risk Systems – a software vendor. I stayed at SunGard for three years and then moved to GFI Group, an inter-dealer broker, with a speciality in credit default swaps (CDSs). Well before the credit crunch, the Financial Times regularly called me, asking for spreads on Icelandic bank CDSs. The market knew things were not right – the canary in the coal mine was singing, but being ignored. I left GFI in 2009 when the PR role switched to New York..

By now I was in my late forties and whenever I had left a job I had ended up back in the City. Was it to be the same this time? I had several interviews over the next few months but my heart just was not in it. I could not persuade myself, let alone an investment bank, that I was passionate about their PR.

While applying for work back in the City I had also started teaching chess in schools and doing paid admin and accounting work for a charitable trust. Finally, 18 months after leaving GFI, I started a part-time admin role at St Helen’s church on Bishopsgate – under the shadow of the Gherkin.

In the 1960s St Helen’s was just another church with a shrunken congregation caused by City depopulation; but a group of businessmen invited Dick Lucas, a young clergyman, to start lunchtime services – with an emphasis on sermons from the Bible on who Jesus was and what he came to do.

The church grew and flourished and since the 1960s many thousands of City workers, men and women, have come to lunchtime services at St Helen’s to hear the Bible explained; to meet in small groups to study the Bible together and to pray; to encourage each other to tell their colleagues about Jesus – see here for a video. I had been involved in St Helen’s for much of the past 30 years, as a City worker, and now I help run it, which is very satisfying. Click here for more.

And I still love the City: the architecture, the narrow streets and alleys, the coffee shops – they all combine to give it a unique atmosphere. I cycle to work most days – now along Super Cycle Highway 3, a route I have taken for many years and that one day turned blue beneath my wheels.

I also work for other charitable trusts and teach chess in four schools and run a summer chess programme for my local council. While working in the City I did not save enough money so that I no longer need paid work – but if I did not need to work I would probably choose to do little different than I am now doing: using my admin and accounting skills to help people hear about Jesus and teach a bit of chess.

Lessons learned:

  1. If you’re not being stretched, ask to be – or create your own projects
  2. Stay employable – ie, keep pushing yourself to learn new things. eg, when a new version of Windows comes out, embrace it (even if it is 8.0). You will learn stuff – even if it is an informed opinion on how rubbish it is.
  3. Stay in contact with people – not least so you can help them and they can help you in job searches. It really often is about who you know.
  4. Save money (or pay off your mortgage) so that when you no longer have the high-paid job (and I reckon the average age of falling off the career ladder is late forties) you are able to afford lower-paid jobs that might be more satisfying at that life stage.”