Sunday, 10 April 2011

A world Class University

Last Thursday was the City University London, Chancellor's Dinner. As Lord Mayor, Alderman Michael Bear is the Chancellor of the University. A great many friends and supporters of the University sat down to an excellent dinner. The Marketors, through the Marketors Trust, provide very significant financial bursaries to students of Cass Business School, part of City University. It's a rolling 3 year programme of financial support. The Dinner was both a recognition of support and an update on the University.

City University is over 100 years old and is ranked in the top five percent of universities in the world. Cass is only one of seven schools which make up the university in total. The evening began with the Lord Mayor speaking about the role of the university, its academic excellence, the support it receives and his hopes for the university in the future. It fell to an alumnus of the university, Daniel Finkelstein, to make the keynote address. Since both his father and brother have been Professors at the university it seemed more than fitting. Daniel is the Executive Editor of The Times, its Chief Leader writer and a weekly political columnist. As a Conservative adviser he united with George Osborne and David Cameron, amongst others, to form a strategy to modernise the Conservative party.

He spoke eloquently about his time at the university, and the value it brings to its students (10th in the UK for graduate employment). He was followed by a star student, and multiple award winner, Beth Shrubsall reading for a Civil Engineering Batchelors degree. She extolled the university's support for less well off students and the contribution the university had made to her own life.

City University goes from strength to strength and as Marketors we should be proud and pleased to play a part in its success.

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