Congratulations and goodbye Class of 2021! To mark this bittersweet occasion, take a trip down memory lane of the last three years in London and at City.
Published Friday, 23rd July, 2021 in University news
It’s that time of year again – City students are leaving the nest and going off into the real world. To all those wide-eyed 2021 graduates, congratulations! It has been a pleasure to have you as part of the student body at City and we hope that you have made life-long memories of your time here.
With graduation comes a time of reflection, where you’ll suddenly wonder where all that time went. In the spirit of reminiscence, please enjoy a trip down memory lane highlighting some memorable moments at City and London from the last few years.
- City Law student wins gold for Team GB – Rufus Scholefield, enrolled in the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL), and his Great Britain teammates won gold at the FISU World University Championships. He achieved this whilst juggling essays and exams, showing that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.
- Donald Trump visits the UK – the trip which was his first official visit since becoming US president led to much controversy, particularly in London where people took to the streets and also gave us the six-metre (19.7ft) “Trump Baby” balloon that floated outside parliament.
- The Duchess of Sussex visits City – HRH The Duchess of Sussex visited City to attend an engagement with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), welcomed by President Professor Sir Paul Curran and students from the Commonwealth.
- City signs up to the UN Sustainable Goals – City demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by signing up to the UN Sustainable Goals, building on its strength as the greenest university in London.
- City turns 125 years old – Tuesday 9th July 2019 marked 125 years since a foundation stone was laid to start construction of the Northampton building in 1894, and an award ceremony was held to recognise key figures in both City’s history and modern day.
- Covid-19 Lockdown – No introduction needed and we’ll leave it at that one month where toilet paper suddenly became rarer than gold…
- City globally ranked in the top 200 institutions by the Times Higher Impact Ranking 2020 – Another achievement demonstrating City’s commitment to sustainability, the THE Impact Ranking placed City in the top 200 globally and 21st in the UK.
- City’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion – The aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by the US police saw protests taking place all over the world, including in London, calling for a reformation. City, upon examining its historical ties, found links between Sir John Cass and the slave trade and committed to renaming the business school.
- UN Global Goals report – Publishing a first-of-its-kind report, City presented examples and case studies on how it is aligning its activities to meet each of the 17 UN Global Goals on Sustainable Development.
- The Death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – 09 April 2021 marked the tragic death of HRH Prince Philip, father of HRH Anne The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London.
- The Business School (formerly Cass) to be renamed Bayes Business School – Starting September 2021, The Business School will be known as ‘Bayes Business School’. Bayes’ theorem suggests that we get closer to the truth by constantly updating our beliefs in proportion to the weight of new evidence, which was the motivation behind adopting the new name.
- Professor Anthony Finkelstein appointed as the new President of City – In December 2020, President, Professor Sir Paul Curran announced that he will be stepping down after 11 years in office. In his place, Professor Anthony Finkelstein has been appointed as the new President and he took up office in June 2021.
If you’re graduating from City this summer then congratulate your class and share your favourite memories from your time at City using the #CityClassof2021 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.