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Alumnus Profile – Keith Armstrong (PhD Adhesion Science and Technology, 1991)

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Keith in a Piper Tomahawk aircraft, 1990

Keith Armstrong, who is now 83, graduated twice from City’s Chemistry Department. In 1978, at the age of 47, he was awarded an MSc in Adhesion Science and in 1991 a PhD in Adhesion Science and Technology. His professional experience and long years in the aircraft industry allowed him to write his book: Care and Repair of Advanced Composites. The book offers an in-depth look at the principal materials and processes involved in manufacturing, inspecting and repairing advanced composite aircraft structures as well as structures in the automotive, marine, railway, sporting goods and wind power generation industries. The book has sold nearly 3,000 copies.

A long career in the aircraft industry

His career within the aircraft industry started at a very early age. Keith made model aeroplanes till he left school and then became an apprentice at Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, Weybridge, a British aircraft engineering conglomerate that produced a whole suite of military products. He also served for three years as a Technical Officer in the RAF, from 1955, in lieu of National Service where he operated Vickers Valiants our first “V” Bombers.

British Airways (BA) employed him in 1967 as Development Engineer in the Structures Group, a job that offered him the opportunity to research, study and develop composite materials including light weight carbon-fibre which has been used for commercial aviation ever since.

Keith also obtained a private pilot’s licence that he used for his job as part of the BA Flying Club and took him to places like Hamburg and France. He logged 420 hours in his log book and piloted about 500 landings.

BA allowed Keith to study at City University London one day a week. He was later invited to submit a Thesis for a PhD on research work he did at BA on adhesives for aircraft repairs. On retirement from BA as a Principal Development Engineer he designed composite repairs for Monarch Airlines at Luton and also delivered a training course for personnel there and for other companies.

Writing a book to collect his work experience

Keith decided to write his book: Care and Repair of Advanced Composites while he was retiring and working part-time. The book was written with training purposes in mind according to Armstrong. “My degrees from City were very helpful in getting lecturing work after I retired from BA.” he says.

Keith’s book is a worldwide reference for repair technicians and design engineers in both aerospace and non-aerospace industries. Chapters include: Introduction to composites and care of composite parts, materials, handling and storage, manufacturing techniques, original design criteria, safety and environment, repair techniques and many other relevant areas of expertise.

Finally, on a more personal basis, Keith was involved with the BA Christian Fellowship for 24 years and has been involved in Methodist Churches all his life. He also enjoys family history, which he finds very interesting.

Arts Management alumnus and also Orchestra Conductor, Timothy Carey, will be at the Singapore Lyric Opera season

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Timothy CareyBorn in London, Timothy Carey studied the cello and the piano from a young age. He then went on to study conducting with Professor Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has worked with several orchestras throughout Europe and Asia since his debut in 1999.

A devoted advocate of new music, he has collaborated with The Opera Group, Opera W11 and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on new operas by Edward Rushton, Julian Philips, Stuart Hancock, Tobias Picker, Julian Philips, Judith Weir, Russell Hepplewhite and Jonathan Dove.

He studied the MA in Arts Policy and Management at City University London and graduated in 2003, and has also recently become a regular coach at the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School, a testament to his growing reputation in the world of opera.

Timothy will return to Singapore Lyric Opera, opening this month to conduct Lehar’s The Merry Widow, hailed as the “Queen of Operettas”.

For further information about his career, please visit Tim’s website.

Enjoy reading pocket-sized stories? You will love Sixpenny, a literary magazine founded by a couple of City Alumnae.

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Sixpenny MagazineOnce upon a time Elizabeth Leonard and Kate Thomas graduated from the Creative Writing (Novels) programme at City University London. They both had a common interest: writing stories to delight audiences.

They then embarked on a journey to create Sixpenny, a digital magazine of illustrated short stories. Each issue has six stories that take six minutes to read: three are written by widely published authors, and three are by unpublished authors. They will be launching their first edition this winter and are now looking for writers and illustrators, who will get paid for their work, to join their initiative.

Meet the founders

Elizabeth: “After graduating from NYU, I joined the “real” world with a proper job, a house, a car, and a promise to write when I was a “stable” adult. I turned in my resignation for this life in exchange for one I was better at. I moved to London to study at City University and wrote my first novel. I love the sound of the Thames as the tide comes in, sunsets over the Hudson, Hemingway, walking through a new city with an old friend, and a cheap spiral-bound notebook with a good pen.”

Kate, on the other hand, attended Cornell University and Goldsmiths in London for several years but graduated from neither of these fine learning institutions. She says: “I started taking myself seriously when I became a mom and I now hold a Masters degree in Creative Writing. I am a fan of surprising punchlines, the search for life on other planets, brave truths, keen observations, and people who laugh a little too loud.”

Why Sixpenny?

This is the little story of how Sixpenny was born according to their founders: Long, long ago, there were magazines filled with illustrated stories. They created a market for writers and illustrators to hone their craft and make a living, and they gave readers a steady supply of stories they could truly enjoy. When these magazines began, some were called sixpenny magazines, because they cost a sixpence – affordable enough for just about everyone. But over time, all of these ‘everyman’ fiction magazines died. Luckily, while out in the woods one day, we found a single cell of a sixpenny magazine hidden away in a nugget of amber. Soon after, we discovered the emerging technology of the internet. Thanks to that little pocket computer called a mobile phone, people are reading again so we decided that now is the time to bring back the Sixpenny.

Want to contribute?

Kate and Elizabeth are looking for creative writers who can produce literary fiction short-stories that keep the reader engaged and excited from the first word to the last. Each story should be a six-minute read – 1000 words, give or take (just a little). The six stories selected for each issue will be illustrated before publication in Sixpenny.

They are also looking for illustrators who can produce GIF illustrations as well as graphic short stories. To be considered you will need to submit a portfolio. For more information and guidelines, please visit Sixpenny’s webpage.

Don’t forget that the first edition of Sixpenny will be released this winter. Don’t miss it!

Cass MBA Alumni develop a great app for busy Londoners

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Lukas Linsbichler and Ash Bhadal met while studying the Executive MBA at Cass Business School in 2011. They both had a very strong drive towards starting their own business and that’s how Drinqsmart was born. After all their hard-work and commitment they will officially launched their initiative on Wednesday, and the event was held at Cass Business School.

Drinqsmart: An App helping busy Londoners to plan their after-work life

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Drinqsmart app

According to Ash and Lukas their idea was strongly influenced by their busy and stressful life while studying for their Masters. They realised that people, especially in London, have hectic routines and also time constraints to their social lives and, very often, their private relationships suffer. Friends and family are overshadowed by work and academic commitments.

They thought that it would be amazing to have a platform that facilitated planning meet ups with friends after work in an easy and fun way. That was when the Drinqsmart app was developed. Drinqsmart’s vision is to “Give time back to smart Londoners”, to allow them to use their time better for activities they genuinely enjoy.

How does Drinqsmart work?

Drinqsmart is an app that allows you:

  • To discover friends and venues near you
  • To connect and invite friends, who are in the mood to meet up for drinks
  • To use a venue chat where you and your friends can get together before you meet and exchange venue ideas.

There are many other benefits to users, as the founders point out: “The benefit is clearly saving time and being able to meet friends more often. In a modern, fast city like London, people move very quickly and private or social life is only a residual after work. The Drinqsmart app gives people the chance to use this time more efficiently by being able to meet friends spontaneously, organise drinks easily and find the best venues. All in the one app to “Get your night started” whenever you like.”

Why is the app unique?

Ash says: “There is no other app available offering the same integrated functionality as Drinqsmart. There are many other apps using use geo-location to check people in and listing venues around you, and other apps allowing you to chat with friends, but all of them are doing it separately. The unique offering of Drinqsmart is to have them all in one platform and allowing users to create an exclusive network of friends around the concept of going out.”

How to get the Drinqsmart app?

The app is only available to iPhone users, at the moment, and you can download it by going to: http://ow.ly/xRTVu Android users will be able to download it after summer 2014.

Finally, Ash and Lukas told us how their MBA helped them to stay focused on their journey: “The MBA gave us the confidence to make educated decisions about our strategy, leveraged our network to hire our CTO and get great contacts for marketing. An amazing fact is that after an MBA you can actually run a company on your own. From formulating marketing plans to accounting, from legal to HR and so on. What we have also learned is it that a good portion of gut feeling and street smartness is needed to manage a start up in the given time. We strongly recommend an MBA to anyone who wants to create their own business; it definitely arms you with all the tools you need to succeed and a great network you can leverage.”

Find out more about Drinqsmart: www.drinqsmart.com

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.

Journalist alumnus Andrew Marshall wins Pulitzer Prize

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City University London alumnus Andrew Marshall has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He becomes the first graduate from City’s Journalism Department to win the prestigious prize.

Andrew was recognised with colleague Jason Szep for their series on the oppression of the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar. Congratulations to Andrew from all of us.

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The Tab, online newspaper founded by City Alumnus, sponsors new journalism bursary

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City University London is delighted to announce a new bursary for prospective MA Newspaper Journalism orMA Interactive Journalism students. The bursary, sponsored by The Tab, an online newspaper for university students, will be offered over 3 years.

The Tab was founded by City alumnus Jack Rivlin (MA Newspaper Journalism 2012) and Cambridge University alumnus George Marangos-Gilks.

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