City University, London

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City University is an institution of higher learning in Clerkenwell, London, England. Offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, it consists of the Institute of Health Sciences, the Cass Business School, London (AMBA and EQUIS accredited), the Institute of Law, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Informatics, the School of Arts, and the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. It has nearly 11,500 students as of March 2004. The University was ranked 21st in the Guardian University Rankings 2005.

City University was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute (named for the donor of its campus, the Marquess of Northampton), and admitted its first students two years later. Intended to promote "the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women belonging to the poorer classes," the Institute held classes at night, and tuition was variable according to "what may be reasonably expected to be paid by persons belonging to the poorer classes between the ages of 16 and 25." Charter departments were those of Mechanical Engineering and Metal Trades, Artistic Crafts, Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, Horology, Electro-Chemistry, and Domestic Economy and Women's Trades.

In 1900 the Institute began offering day classes in engineering. Nine years later students began to qualify for bachelor's degrees in the University of London and its faculty were made Recognised Teachers of that institution. Thereafter the Northampton Institute came to be known as the Northampton Engineering College.

1957 saw a name change to the Northampton College of Advanced Technology and the addition to its programs in technical and vocational education of courses in mathematics, computer science, and the liberal arts. In 1966 the school received a Royal Charter and became The City University.

St Bartholomew's College of Nursing and Midwifery and Charterhouse College of Radiography were incorporated into the university in 1995, and in 2001, the Inns of Court School of Law (founded 1852) merged with the university's Department of Law to form the current Institute of Law.

The Department of Civil Engineering is home to one of only a few geotechnical centrifuges operating in England. It is a centre for world class research in geotechnics.

The University's Cass Business School is considered to be an institution of international repute.


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