Coventry University

OVERVIEW

Founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists as the Coventry School of Design in 1843, and in 2018 celebrating 175 years, Coventry University is a dynamic and outward-looking institution with a tradition of teaching excellence, impactful research and bold international partnerships.

Through Coventry’s worldwide network of collaborators in academia and industry, the 50,000 learners studying its degrees in different countries enjoy access to global opportunities which ensure their employment prospects are enhanced. The university is recognised internationally for its expertise in health, peacebuilding and agroecology, and for the world-leading calibre of its engineering and design graduates – particularly in the automotive field.

As an ambitious and innovative university, our research makes a tangible difference to the way we live. Coventry University is already known for delivering research that makes a significant contribution to a number of global challenges, but it has bigger ambitions – including growing its research staff to 2,000 by 2021 and focusing on fields where its experts can be dominant.

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated significant areas of Coventry’s research as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’, with its allied health professions work being ranked joint 5th in the UK and almost three-quarters of its work in the art and design category being rated as either four or three star quality.

In recent years Coventry’s student satisfaction levels and teaching quality have also been rated amongst the best in the UK, which has contributed to impressive rises in every major university league table and a gold rating in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Central to this success has been the university’s bold approach to higher education developments, including new campuses in Scarborough, London and Poland, and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – its ‘faculty on the factory floor’.

Coventry ranks 13th and as the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2019, and is top in the UK – and third in Europe – for how well it engages with its students according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Europe Teaching Rankings 2018. It is also listed by THE as one of the world’s top 200 young universities, as well as earning the title ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The latter describes Coventry as “one of the most innovative modern universities, bold with its vision of what the 21st century student experience should be”.

Coventry is also a serious contributor to its regional economy. A study from 2018 estimates that graduates of the university will contribute £560 million to the UK economy over their lifetime, while one in every seven higher education students in the West Midlands attends the university. It was revealed, too, that the university supports 12,200 jobs across the country and contributes almost £800 million in annual gross value added to the UK economy.

The university’s estate is continually evolving, with a half billion pound investment in its Coventry city campus – as well as new developments in Scarborough, London and Poland – playing a key role in enhancing students’ and academics’ learning and research opportunities.

Department structure

 

Coventry University is made up of four faculties:

 

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Coventry University has a rich heritage of developing talented artists and designers. As the oldest part of Coventry University, the faculty now boasts specialist resources and state-of-the-art technology, recognising changes in the arts and preparing students to become talented professionals. The faculty includes the School of Art and Design, the School of Humanities and the School of Media and Performing Arts.

 

The Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing

Located in the heart of Coventry, the faculty includes the School of Computing, Electronics & Mathematics, the School of Energy, Construction & Environment and the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Automotive Engineering. Its specialist research centres, including the Centre for Fluid & Complex Systems and the Centre for Manufacturing & Materials Engineering, allow students and staff to research pressing global issues, while also developing valuable skills for future employment.

 

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

The faculty consists of the School of Life Sciences, the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. With a brand-new campus building, students learn in state-of-the-art facilities, including hospital simulation and exercise environments. The faculty has an excellent reputation for graduate outcomes.

 

Faculty of Business and Law

Made up of the Coventry Business School and Coventry Law School, the faculty offers a number of specialisations. Coventry Business School specialises in Economics, Finance and Accounting, Marketing and Management, and Strategy and Leadership, offering a range of research and academic programmes alongside industry experience. Coventry Law School’s specialisations include International Law and Oil, Gas and Energy Law. Students have access to the Moot room, to practice in a realistic, modern courtroom during their studies.

No. of students per staff

Percentage of International Students

45%
14.4%

Student Ratio of Females to Males

52%
48%

Campus

Coventry campus

Coventry currently occupies a purpose-built 33-acre (130,000 m2) campus in Coventry City Centre adjacent to Coventry Cathedral and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. It occupies a mix of new purpose-built buildings, converted structures, and those inherited from its predecessor institutions.

The centrepiece of the campus is The Hub, an award-winning building which opened in August 2011. The Hub is the home of the Coventry University Students’ Union, student support services, a bar/nightclub, a food hall and food outlets which are catered by Sodexo In September 2012, a new £55 million engineering building was opened, with facilities such as a full-scale Harrier jump jet, a wind tunnel and flight simulators.[27][28] The Hub was awarded a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and between them The Hub and the engineering building feature sustainable initiatives such as grey-water harvesting, a biomass boiler and a green roof. The opening of the buildings marks the first stage of a £160 million redevelopment plan of the campus phased over 15 years.

Coventry’s £20 million library opened in 2000 and is on the outskirts of the campus. It was officially opened by Princess Anne in September 2001 and contains over 2,000 print periodicals, 350,000 monographs, and more than 6,000 video tapes, audio tapes and films. The library has a distinctive turreted exterior and has won awards for its interior design which features a light distribution system to make the most of natural light throughout the building.

There are two converted buildings on the campus. A former car engine factory built in 1910 located next to the university’s library now houses the Coventry Business School, and a cinema built in 1880 on Jordan Well is currently home to the School of Media and Performing Arts, now part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and formerly part of the Coventry School of Art and Design.

To the south of the main campus is the 20-acre (81,000 m2) Coventry University Technology Park, a business park owned by Coventry University Enterprises Limited, a commercial subsidiary of the university. Tenants of the park are small businesses which receive support from the university and are allowed access to the university’s library. The park is also home to conference facilities at the TechnoCentre building, the Coventry and Warwickshire New Technology Institute, which works with companies to address skills shortages in ICT and advanced technology,[citation needed] and a digital lab for serious game and other technology development.

Building names

Coventry has adopted a policy of naming its buildings after people or organisations with a significant local or regional impact. These include former Coventry-based automotive company Armstrong Siddeley; Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry; Coventry-based automotive pioneer Frederick Lanchester; Victorian novelist, critic and poet George Eliot; the father of the bicycle industry James Starley; former MP for Coventry East and political journalist Richard Crossman; artist Graham Sutherland; and founder of the Morris Motors automotive manufacturer William Morris.

CU Coventry

CU Coventry was established on campus in 2012 and is an offshoot of Coventry University, providing full-time and part-time professional courses such as accounting, legal studies and marketing. CU Coventry is independent from the university with its own staff and facilities, though its programmes are validated and awarded by the university. Courses offered are flexible, meaning that tuition fees at the institution are often lower than the maximum £9,000 universities in the UK can charge for full-time courses. The part-time nature of many of the courses delivered means classes can run at atypical times, such as evenings and weekends.

CU London

CU London was established as a new campus in 2017, offering a range of full-time and part-time courses in Dagenham, East London. Located in the former Dagenham Civic Centre, the campus focuses on “high quality, low-cost, career-focused” education, which is flexibly structured to fit around students’ lives. CU London has offered over £95,000 in bursaries and scholarships to local students and schools in the Borough of Barking & Dagenham to make higher education more accessible.

CU Scarborough

The University opened a new facility, CU Scarborough, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 2016, as part of a new £45 million development, in the Weaponless area of the town. The University contributed £12 million towards the project. Courses include Law, Science & Engineering. The site also incorporates a new sports and leisure village and University Technical College (UTC), for 14-18 year-olds.

Coventry University London

Coventry University’s London campus was opened in 2010 as part of a trend seen by a number of different British universities, where a campus in London was set up with a predominately international student body to build the universities’ international reputation. The campus operates out of University House, 109-117 Middlesex Street in the City of London, almost 100 miles southeast of Coventry.