The theme of This is City 2022 is ‘progress’ and the continuation of City’s community making a difference at the University and beyond.

Published Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022 in University news

The 2022 edition of This is City, an annual magazine for students, staff and alumni of City has been released.

The theme of This is City 2022 is ‘progress’ and the continuation of City’s staff on making a difference on student’s lives. City is working towards full equity and progression has been made with the University being shortlisted for ‘University of the Year’ in the UK Social Mobility Awards 2022.

The magazine covers City’s plans and its New Vision and Strategy for 2022-30 – which includes information on City’s acquisition of Urdang, research carried out by alumni and students and programs that have been set out for current students’ employability.

President’s Foreword

President Finkelstein welcomes all to This is City 2022 and celebrates the University’s achievements.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to This is City 2022, the annual magazine for students, staff, alumni and friends of City.

Since his appointment, the University has better aligned their courses with the demands of the industry. Additionally, City has climbed within university rankings and the research has been rated as world-leading according to the Research Excellence Framework.


This section of This Is City focuses on how this year’s theme has manifested within City’s plans for the future and its New Vision and Strategy 2022-30.

In the Features section there is an interview with Jessica Jones Nielsen, City’s Extraordinary Woman 2022, a detailing of City’s vision and strategy 2022-30, a launch and explanation of City’s new Career Activation Programme and City’s acquisition of Urdang Academy - which is one of the UK’s most prestigious performing arts academies.

City Life

The City Life section of This is City focuses on how City is working towards transforming the lives of its students and staff, as well as the local community and wider world. City is on the Road to Race Equity – as part of the University’s commitment to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for the entire community.

City Life also focuses on sustainability and how the University addresses issues within Climate Change, such as the launch of COP26@City and partnering with nine other London universities to help deliver the 2023 London Student Sustainability Conference.

This section also focuses on other changes in the university such as City’s recent change of school names, improvements in social mobility and the diversity of opportunities available in City’s short courses.

Research and impact 

Each of City’s six Schools produce world-leading and internationally excellent research.

In This Is City 2022, there is research about defending media freedom, tackling loneliness and more, including STEM students and alumna pointing the way to a sustainable future.

Alumni to watch

Anthony Coleman shares the stories of alumni who are making a difference around the world – including interviews with Caroline Faraj, Daniel Taylor, Kim Smith and Jules Buker.

You can read the magazine in full on the This is City website.