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 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.
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.
Thanks to the generosity and support of the City of London Corporation, The City of London Academy was able to take forty Year 11 students on a residential study weekend to the Mill on the Brue Activity centre. The weekend was in preparation for the forthcoming GCSE examinations and provided students the opportunity to take part in focused, small group revision sessions for English and Mathematics, led by staff from the academy. Students took part in intensive learning sessions focusing on English Language examination skills, the texts and poetry that feature in the English Literature examinations, and core Mathematics skills. By the end of the weekend students were able to demonstrate progress in both subjects and all
students walked away with greater enthusiasm and a stronger belief in their own abilities.
There is a new Head in charge of City of London Freemen’s Junior School in Ashtead – at least for one day. Dominic Quantrill, a Year 4 student, took over leadership of the school from current Head Matt Robinson for the whole of Monday 23 May. “I like it and want to do it more,” explained Dominic, when asked about his day being Head. “It is an easy job.” Dominic’s duties included meeting with staff, leading assembly, observing Year 4 classes, eating lunch with three friends in a special dining room and an inspection of the site. Junior School Head Matt Robinson said: “The school was in very good hands all morning. Dominic’s authority and humour was very well received by all”. 9-Year-old Dominic won the opportunity to become Head for a Day as part of a silent auction run by Year 9 of City of London’s Freemen’s School. The auction raised over £2,300 for Woodlands School.