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City University London
Motto To serve mankind
Established 1966 - gained University Status by Royal Charter
1894 - Northampton Institute
Type Public
Endowment £6.1m[1]
Chancellor The Lord Mayor of the City of London ex officio
Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg (acting)[2]
Students 21,410[3]
Undergraduates 14,530[3]
Postgraduates 6,880[3]
Location London, England, UK
Coordinates: 51°31′38″N 0°06′09″W / 51.527264°N 0.10247°W / 51.527264; -0.10247

City University London is a British university based in Northampton Square, Islington, London. The university has a research experience of over 100 years and has often been highly ranked for its graduate employability and graduate salaries.[4] The University's mission, as outlined in its Strategy, is to "lead London in education, research and knowledge transfer for businesses and the professions".[5]



The City University (known as City University London) traces its origin to the Northampton Institute, established in 1894, and named after the Marquess of Northampton, who donated the land on which the Institute was built, between Northampton Square and St John Street in Islington. The Institute was established to provide for the education and welfare of the local population. It was constituted under the City of London Parochial Charities Act (1883), with the objective of "the promotion of the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women belonging to the poorer classes".[6]

Originally there were six departments:

  • Mechanical Engineering and Metal Trades
  • Artistic Crafts
  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering
  • Horology (the science of time and art of clock-making)
  • Electro-Chemistry
  • Domestic Economy and Women's Trades

In 1903-04 a separate Technical Optics department was established.

In 1909 the first students qualified for University of London BSc degrees in Engineering as internal students.[6] Since 1909 the Institute had been involved in aeronautics education, and in 2009 the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences celebrated the centenary of aeronautics at City.[7]

In 1908 the Institute's swimming pool was used for the Olympic games.[6]

The Institute was designated a "College of Advanced Technology" in 1957.[6]

In 1961 the Institute's involvement in Information Science began with the introduction of a course on "Collecting and Communicating Scientific Knowledge".

In 1966 City received its Royal Charter, becoming The City University to reflect the institution's close links with the City of London.[8]

In 1971 the Apollo 15 astronauts visited City University London and presented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tait, with a piece of heat shield from the Apollo 15 rocket.[9]


Northampton Square in front of the main university building

The Chancellor of the University is the Lord Mayor of the City of London ex officio. For a number of years, students have taken part in the annual Lord Mayor's Show, representing the University in one of the country's largest and liveliest parades. The day-to-day running of the university is the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor. The current acting Vice-Chancellor is Professor Julius Weinberg[2]

The University is organised into seven schools:

Teaching and research ratings

Overall UK University Rankings
2010 2009 2008
Times Good University Guide 49th[10] 50th 40th[11]
Guardian University Guide 21st[12] 26th[13] 28th[14]
The Complete University Guide 44th[15] 46th[16] 48th[17]
UK University Ranking for graduate prospects and employability
2010 2009 2008
Times Good University Guide 10th[10] 13th 5th[11]
Guardian University Guide 11th[12] 11th[13] 6th[14]
The Complete University Guide 10th[15] 13th[16] 5th[17]

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the University rose to a ranking of 45, up 14 places since the previous RAE in 2001 when it was ranked at 59, according to Times Higher Education analysis of HEFCE's (Higher Education Funding Council for England) RAE data, from 159 universities or colleges.[18]


The University offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees as well as certificates and diplomas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. More than two thirds of City's programmes are recognised by the appropriate professional bodies such as the BCS, BPS, CILIP, Institute of Civil Engineers etc. in recognition of the high standards of relevance to the professions. The University also has an online careers network where over 2,000 former students offer practical help to current students.[19]

The City Law School offers courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and professional courses leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, as well as continuing professional development. Its Legal Practice Course has the highest quality rating from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.[20]

Since 1976 City has been home to a centre for the education of journalists, the highly-regarded Department of Journalism[21]. It has the UK's first chair in reporting, the Anthony Sampson professorship.

Partnerships, collaborations and spin-out companies


Simfonec was launched in March 2003 by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Simfonec was created through four of London's leading universities (Royal Veterinary College, King's College London, Queen Mary, University of London and City University London) as a collaborative Science Enterprise Centre (SEC) for the exploitation and transfer of knowledge, ideas and resources among three key sectors - academic, financial and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Simfonec encourages the development of an entrepreneurial outlook amongst researchers in science and technology and orchestrates the delivery of science ideas to the commercial marketplace.

Willis Research Network

In September 2006, City joined the Willis Research Network (WRN), a major, long-term partnership between leading international scientific institutions (including the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Imperial College London) and the global insurance broker, Willis Group Holdings. The purpose of the network is to evaluate the frequency, severity and impact of catastrophes such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and terrorism.


City University London and Queen Mary, University of London were awarded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) status by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in recognition of their work in skills training for 3,000 students across six healthcare professions.[22]


London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange is a consortium of nine universities. It was established in 2004 to foster collaboration and to promote and support the exchange of knowledge between the consortium’s partners and London’s arts and cultural sectors. The nine institutions involved are: University of the Arts London; Birkbeck, University of London; City University London; The Courtauld Institute of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; Guildhall School of Music & Drama; King’s College London; Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Hanover Research Council

City University London becomes the first UK member of the Hanover Research Council (HRC) - a Washington DC based research firm serving more than 17 Industries and over 100 American higher education institutions.

City of London

The University has excellent links with businesses in the City of London.[23] City University London has also joined forces with other universities such as Queen Mary and the Institute of Education (both part of the University of London) with which it jointly delivers several leading degree programmes.

City Technology plc

The University is the birthplace of City Technology plc (an LSE listed spin-out of City University London), the world's leading manufacturer of fuel-cell gas sensors used in worker safety, automotive, medical and emissions monitoring applications. Part of Honeywell (USA) since March 2006.


The main City University building in Northampton Square.

The University has sites throughout London,[24] with the main campus located at Northampton Square in Islington, close to the busy Upper Street area.

Other academic sites are:

The School of Community and Health Sciences, is geographically the largest school with sites at:

In 2000 the University embarked on a major overhaul of university buildings across all sites:


  • Following a donation from the Sir John Cass's Foundation, a multi-million pound building, Bunhill Row, was built for the Sir John Cass Business School.
  • A new Research Centre for Energy and the Environment was completed in 2001/02. One of the very few of its type worldwide, the Centre boasts some of the most advanced engine research facilities in Europe.
  • Construction of the Fight for Sight Optometry Clinic - a new £5m facility dedicated to optometry teaching, clinical practice and research.
The Grade II listed College Building.


  • A £23m landmark building to house the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Language and Communication Science opened in 2004. The building uses the latest construction ideas for low-energy design and includes computing and experimental laboratories.
  • Accommodation at One Canada Square was acquired in 2006 for Cass Business School's Executive Education programme.
  • The reconstruction and redevelopment of the University's Grade II listed College Building (following a fire in 2001[25]) was completed in July 2006. It houses a new high-tech Human Computer Interaction Design lab, supported by The Vodafone UK Foundation.
  • In 2006, the Department of Radiography gained a brand-new purpose-built clinical skills suite. The suite is equipped with some of the most up-to-date imaging and radiotherapy equipment available; the Department claims this to be the best-equipped radiography clinical skills suite in England


  • In 2007 City's School of Arts received a £10m building refurbishment. The project ran until autumn 2008 and saw the complete redevelopment of parts of the College Building.
  • A brand new Students' Union venue opened in October 2008 called TEN squared. It provides a hub to socialise in during the day between lectures and hosts a wide range of evening entertainment including club nights, society events and quiz nights.
  • In September 2007 many classrooms were installed with cutting edge classroom technology including touch-screen control, video conferencing software and high-quality audio to increase the focus of student generated input.

Notable academics and alumni



Arts, science and academia

Government, politics and society

Business and finance

Media and entertainment



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