Professor Raoul N. Franklin CBE FREng

Partnerships winner

Past Staff

Professor Raoul Franklin is a physicist, who served as Vice-Chancellor of City from 1978 – 1998. He was a true visionary and built some of the key foundations that City stands on today. The University transformed under his leadership to meet changing business and economic needs, against a backdrop of government cuts and declining student numbers. He had the courage to shift the focus of the university from engineering to a much broader educational and research portfolio. Among his achievements was the successful incorporation of St Bartholomew’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Charterhouse School of Radiography. It was under his leadership that our previous strapline, “the University for business and the professions” was created. He was focused on leveraging the B2B potential of City and developed many successful partnerships, including with the NHS and other education institutions as a validation partner. His work resulted in the university winning four Queen's Awards for Enterprise (for technology, in 1982 and 1985 and for export, in 1988 and 1991). He was made CBE for his service to the University in 1994.