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Staff and students at City University had a royal engagement last month, welcoming a very special guest to the opening of the campus’ new Northampton Square entrance. HRH The Princess Royal, who holds the position of chancellor at the university, met faculty and members of the...

Staff and students at City University had a royal engagement last month, welcoming a very special guest to the opening of the campus’ new Northampton Square entrance.

HRH The Princess Royal, who holds the position of chancellor at the university, met faculty and members of the student body as she toured the first part of a multi-million pound project to transform the City estate.

Aimed at creating “a sense of community” while providing a “high-quality and inspiring environment”, the revamped entrance comprises social spaces, a coffee shop, seating areas and exhibition space.

President of the university, professor Sir Paul Curran, described HRH’s visit as an honour and hailed the official opening of the entrance as an “important day in the history of City”.

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He said: “Over the coming decade we will retain our unwavering focus on quality that has served us so well in recent years, we will grow where we can without compromising quality and we will do so in partnership with others within London, across the country, and around the world The visit concluded with the day’s VIP pulling back the curtain on a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Also unveiled was a timeline of City’s history – including its establishment in 1894, appointment by Royal Charter in 1966, and accession to the University of London in 2016 – and a stainless steel sculpture depicting one of the cloaks that form part of City’s crest.

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