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Academic Excellence and Business and the Professions

City prides itself on its innovative approach to education. Our commitment to, and passion for, academic excellence ranks us 6th out of London universities (The Complete University Guide 2017). Our courses are enriched by the research of our academic staff. 75.7% of City’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) was rated as being of world leading 4* (23.3%) and internationally excellent 3* (52.4%) quality.

Our concurrent focus on business and the professions provides our students with opportunities for direct interaction with future employers and makes our courses relevant, exciting and topical. Many have innovative modes of study involving placement opportunities and engagement with high-profile visiting lecturers from the professions. This complements the academic expertise offered within the University.

High Quality Learning

Our approach aims to support students in becoming professional, analytical and enquiring graduates who can play a substantial role in their professional environment.

To support learning at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, we have recently established an integrated learning environment that combines physical and virtual learning spaces. This is used to support students in their studies, supplementing lectures and seminars with high quality online material. The department for Learning Enhancement and Development supports our staff in creating new and responsive learning opportunities to lead our courses into the future.

As the highest academic body, Senate is responsible for the University’s academic policies and regulations. This framework aims to support high quality learning and the maintenance of academic standards that underpins our degree-awarding powers. This function is supported by the Academic Development Unit.

Student-Staff Engagement

The success of our courses is dependent on effective engagement and communication between students and staff. We are number one in London for student satisfaction according to the The Complete University Guide 2017. City is the only London institution to be placed within the top 20 for student satisfaction. This significant result comes after City received its highest ever student satisfaction score in the 2015 National Student Survey.

In conjunction with the Students’ Union, a key priority for the University is listening to the views of our students, discussing what we do well and understanding where we could make improvements. This interaction is a highly visible part of University life and feedback from students is a core part of how we determine the direction of our education.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • City Law School, incorporating Inns of Court School of Law
  • School of Health Sciences, incorporating St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • School of Arts and Social Science, including the Department of Journalism
  • School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Sir John Cass Business School


City University traces its origin to the Northampton Institute, established in 1852 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”.

Northampton Polytechnic Institute was an institute of technology in Clerkenwell, London, founded in 1894. Alumni include Colin Cherry,Stuart Davies and Anthony Hunt.  Arthur George Cocksedge, a British gymnast who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics, was a member of the Northampton Polytechnic Institute’s Gymnastics Club and was Champion of the United Kingdom in 1920. In 1937. Maurice Dennis of the (Northampton Polytechnic ABC) was the 1937 ABA Middleweight Champion. Frederick Handley Page was a lecturer inaeronautics at the institute. The Handley Page Type A, the first powered aircraft designed and built by him, ended up as an instructional airframe at the school. The novelist Eric Ambler studied engineering at the institute.

The six original departments at the institute were Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering; Artistic Crafts; Domestic Economy and Women’s Trades; Electro-Chemistry; Horology(the science of time and art of clock-making); and Mechanical Engineering and Metal 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. 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. In 1908 the Institute was used for the Olympic Games.Boxing took place at the Institute.

The institute was designated a “College of Advanced Technology” in 1957.

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 itsroyal charter, becoming “The City University” to reflect the institution’s close links with the City of London. In 1971 the Apollo 15 astronauts visited City University and presented the vice-chancellor, Tait, with a piece of heat shield from the Apollo 15 rocket.

In October 1995 it was announced that City University would merge with both the St Bartholomew School of Nursing & Midwifery and the Charterhouse College of Radiography, doubling the number of students in City’s Institute of Health Sciences to around 2,500.

City University formed a strategic alliance with Queen Mary, University of London in April 2001. In May 2001, a major fire in the college building gutted the fourth floor offices and roof. In August 2001 City University and the Inns of Court School of Law agreed to merge. Following a donation from Sir John Cass’s Foundation, a multimillion-pound building was built at 106 Bunhill Row for the Cass Business School.

A new £23 million building to house the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Language and Communication Science was opened in 2004. In January 2006, City University announced that the Cass Business School would be opening a new campus in Canary Wharf’s One Canada Square, specialised in courses designed for senior managers. The reconstruction and redevelopment of the university’s Grade II listed college building (following the fire in 2001) was completed in July 2006.

In 2007 the School of Arts received a £10m building refurbishment. A new students’ union venue opened in October 2008 called “TEN squared”, which provides a hub for students to socialise in during the day and hosts a wide range of evening entertainment including club nights, society events and quiz nights.

In January 2010, premises were shared with the University of East Anglia (UEA) London, following City University’s partnership with INTO University Partnerships. Since then City University has resumed its own International Foundation Programme to prepare students for their pre-university year. In April 2011, it was announced that the current halls of residence and Saddler’s Sports Centre will be closed and demolished for rebuilding in June 2011. It was proposed that the new halls of residence and the sports centre would be reopened in September 2013.

City University announced that it will join the University of London in August 2016, and proposed changing its name to City University of London.

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