City of London Freemen’s School Bhargava Scholarship

City of London Freemen's School

The City of London Freemen’s School is delighted to have secured a
generous bequest from local lady Mrs Bhargava, whose long and successful career was a result of her own enjoyment of mathematics. The scholarship is for a current year 11 girl (16+) who is looking to study Mathematics in the sixth form, with a view to studying mathematics or related disciplines at university. The Bhargava Scholarship can cover the School Day Fee and extras, subject to financial means testing, in order that a deserving candidate from a financially limited background would not need to worry about covering fees, transport, uniform and trips costs. We are actively looking to target potential pupils from the most deserving families in order that we can provide the most benefit. To apply, a female student will need to live within 15 miles of the school (KT21 1ET) in keeping with Mrs Bhargava’s own links with Ashtead and Leatherhead. Applicants will need not only to meet the criteria for the Scholarship, but also achieve the entrance requirements for Freemen’s Sixth Form. If you know of any suitable candidates, we are very happy to answer any further questions which you may have on 01372 822444 or email

The Speak Out Challenge – The City Academy, Hackney

Speak Out Challenge

This half term, two year 10 students, Ferdosi Abbott and Rebecca Iyase, took part in the regional finale for Hackney in the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge with great success, both delivering inspiring speeches. The contestants had just one day of public speaking training at The City Academy, Hackney before taking the microphone at the competition which was held at Skinners Academy. They were also joined this year by year 11 student Matteo Fernandes, who acted as a judge as he was a runner up in the competition last year. Both Rebecca and Ferdosi did very well, with Ferdosi coming first out of 14 finalists and winning a £100 gift certificate. Ferdosi, whose speech was about making an impact in the world no matter how small you are, said: “I felt overwhelmed and I couldn’t believe it when they called my name. It was a great experience and I loved having my voice heard!” She will now take part in the London grand final in July with all the other finalists from London boroughs. The Speak Out Challenge is annually run with funding by the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Speakers Trust, in order to promote confidence and public speaking in students.

Gresham College Appointment

Gresham College

Gresham College has just announced the appointment of Jo Delahunty QC as the new Gresham Professor of Law. Following on from the successful tenures of Baroness Ruth Deech and Sir Geoffrey Nice QC. Professor Delahunty QC is the 37th person to fill this position dating back to 1597. As a leading barrister specialising in cases concerned with families and children, Professor Delahunty QC will deliver her series of free public lectures on When Worlds Collide: The Family and the Law. These lectures will take place in Barnard’s Inn Hall, near Chancery Lane, beginning in October, and will cover topics as varied as the radicalisation of minors and the influence of expert witnesses in court. For more information visit the Gresham College website.

The City Bridge Trust Stepping Stones Celebration Event

Stepping Stones

The City Bridge Trust has recently announced grants made on the second funding round of its Stepping Stones investment readiness programme, with nearly £800,000 awarded to 15 organisations. This programme supports charities and social enterprises in London who wish to access the social investment market. Funding helps organisations develop their ideas, bring in new technical assistance and get products ready for market. To celebrate these grants an event was held at the headquarters of UBS, who have played a key role in the programme, providing both funding and expertise in the form of corporate volunteers who have helped the Trust to assess funding proposals. At the event City Bridge Trust’s Chairman, Jeremy Mayhew, announced that a third round of grants would be held this Summer.

UK’s Global Maritime Professional Services


The Research Team in the Economic Development Office published a well-received report in April on the UK’s Global Maritime Professional Services. The report highlighted that the UK is the global leader in maritime professional services, adding £4.4bn to the UK economy and employing over 10,000 people, mostly in highly skilled, highly paid jobs. The next research report to be published in early June will be looking at International Credit Markets. It will give analysis on the growth prospects of international credit markets and make policy recommendations on how to widen international access and facilitate further development. For an overview of all research published in the last year, the Research Review 2015 is now online.