Imperial College Faculty of Engineering

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Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London
Former names
City and Guilds College
Established2001 (2001)
DeanProfessor Nigel Brandon[1]
CampusSouth Kensington
City & Guilds College
Royal School of Mines

The Faculty of Engineering is the engineering school of Imperial College London, and one of the three main faculties the college.[2] It was formed in 2001 from the former City and Guilds College and the Royal School of Mines - two of the three original constituent colleges of Imperial College when the latter was formed in 1907. The faculty is located at Imperial's main South Kensington campus, where teaching and research take place.

The faculty offers undergraduate Bachelor's and Master's of Engineering courses,[3] as well as postgraduate courses leading to MSc, MRes and doctoral degrees. Undergraduates studying at faculty departments obtain the appropriate Associateship according to their course, either the Associateship of the City & Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) or the Associateship of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM) depending on the historic association of their department.[4]


Department of Aeronautics, Roderic Hill Building, Prince Consort Road

The origins of the faculty lie in the Central Technical College, which was founded by the City and Guilds of London Institute, opening in 1884. The college moved into a new building in South Kensington on land bought by the 1851 Exhibition Commissioners, in an area set out by Prince Albert for the purpose of science and knowledge, known now as Albertopolis. The building was built by Alfred Waterhouse, and was adjacent to the Royal School of Mines and the Royal College of Science. In 1907, the same year as Imperial College was founded, the college was renamed The City & Guilds College, and was incorporated into Imperial in 1910 as a constituent college.[5] Although the City & Guilds College was governed by Imperial College following its incorporation as a constituent college, the City and Guilds Institute maintained seats on the Court of Imperial College.

Dyson Building, Exhibition Road

In 2012, Imperial College restructured, creating a new faculty structure, and the Faculty of Engineering was created. The City & Guilds College, along with the other constituent colleges, ceased to exist as a separate entity. In September 2013 the Mechanical and Aeronautical engineering building at Imperial College was renamed City and Guilds Building to acknowledge the historical legacy. The name of the constituent college also survives in the City & Guilds College Union (CGCU) — the student union for the Imperial College Faculty of Engineering and the Imperial College Business School. In September 2013, the Mechanical Engineering Building was renamed the City and Guilds Building (CAGB) to honour the links between Imperial College and the City and Guilds College.[6] After an extensive refurbishment, the City and Guilds Building now houses the Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics departments.

Alumni of the Imperial College Faculty of Engineering, unite under the City & Guilds College Association. Established in 1897 as the Old Centralians, the Association adopted its current name in 1992.[7]


City and Guilds College Union[edit]

InstitutionImperial College Faculty of Engineering (historically City and Guilds College)
LocationSouth Kensington, London, United Kingdom
PresidentAndrew Hill
Vice presidentsAlessandro Bonardi, Federico Trotta, Nicolas Forster, Marius Bilsdorfer
TreasurerShreya Basu[8]
AffiliationsConstituent Union of Imperial College Union

The City and Guilds College Union represents students who are undertaking courses from the departments of Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering, and Computing courses at the college. Other students within the faculty are represented by the Royal School of Mines Student's Union. The City and Guilds Union's name derives from the original City and Guilds College from which the faculty was formed. The student's union brings together the department societies, and organises events throughout the year, and to welcome new students.[9] The union has a traditional rivalry with the Royal College of Science Union, against which it engages in traditional food fights,[10] as well as constant attempts by each union to steal the mascots of the other.[11]


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  5. ^ "City and Guilds College | Albertopolis | RIBA". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012.
  6. ^ "City & Guilds legacy celebrated as building is renamed | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ "About | City and Guilds College Association". Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  8. ^ "committee :: CGCU".
  9. ^ "events :: CGCU".
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  11. ^ "Mascotry, A New Policy for Constituent Unions". Retrieved 30 August 2018.