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Colleagues gather to thank Professor Steve Haberman for his contribution to Cass

Having completed his tenure as Dean, he will remain at the School as Professor of Actuarial Science to focus on research

Friends and colleagues of Cass Business School have gathered to recognise the contribution of Professor Steve Haberman as he steps down as Dean.

During his tenure, the School recorded its highest research rankings with 84% assessed as world leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Cass also received its best student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey.

Appointed Deputy Dean in 2002, Director in 2007 and Dean in 2012, Professor Haberman has been an intrinsic part of the leadership team which has overseen Cass’s growth over the past 13 years. During the event, he recalled how the School’s change of name and location was a turning point:

“Back in 2002, the School reached a key moment in its development. City University London had just invested in its future with our new home at Bunhill Row and a generous donation from the Sir John Cass Foundation led to our name change, both of which lifted morale and helped to instil a sense of belief among staff and students”.

Since then the School has grown in every area. Cass’s full-time faculty now numbers 170 – a significant expansion.  The results of the REF 2014 placed the School in the top 6 for its business and management research while other rankings highlight world leading expertise in subject areas including banking, corporate finance and actuarial science.

The programme portfolio has also increased in size and quality, with more students able to take the UG and MSc courses. The development of the Executive PhD has also bolstered the School’s educational offer. 

The professional service provision at Cass has increased to support this growth with dedicated teams responsible for careers, alumni, marketing and course provision. Most recently, Professor Haberman expanded the Entrepreneurship team to better position the School to take advantage of its proximity to Tech City.

During his time as Dean, Professor Haberman also developed the Cass estate with projects including the refurbishment of the undergraduate space at Northampton Square, the redevelopment of the 6th floor of Bunhill Row to accommodate the MBA cohort and the addition of 200 Aldersgate for Cass Executive Education.

“In 2002, the School was very good when compared nationally. Now, 13 years on, it is very highly regarded as an extremely good school internationally. That journey has involved everyone at Cass and indeed at City University London, and by everyone, I mean staff, both academic and professional; visiting faculty; students; alumni; and external friends.

"All of us here tonight are proud of the School, its achievements and it’s upwards trajectory, which I’m sure will continue - I know my successor as Dean, Professor Marianne Lewis, is going to take the School to new heights.

"Overall, as I hope that you will see, this is a great success story. Something for which we can all share the credit. So, thank you all for your support. It has been tremendous fun”.

Professor Haberman will remain at Cass Business School as Professor of Actuarial Science and will return to a focus on his main research areas of longevity, annuities and pensions.

Professor Marianne Lewis will officially take up the position of Dean of Cass Business School on the 1st November.  She has been working with Professor Haberman, in the position of Dean Elect at Cass, since September.

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