City University London was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and was awarded University status in 1966. The University’s motto is "to serve mankind". It is committed to academic excellence, focused on business and the professions and located in the heart of London.City University London has strong links with the City of London and its Chancellor is the Lord Mayor of London. City’s vision for 2016 is to be a leading global university ranked within the top two per cent of universities in the world. To support the achievement of its vision, the University will implement its Strategic Plan including investing up to £200M in research-excellent academic staff, information systems infrastructure and its estate.