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Coventry University’s roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry School of Design, which subsequently became known as the Coventry College of Art in 1954.
1970 was a landmark year – the college became Lanchester Polytechnic (named after renowned English engineer Frederick Lanchester) and then (in 1980) Coventry Polytechnic.
In June 1992 the Further and Higher Education Act enabled the institution to adopt the title of Coventry University, and bestowed on it the powers to award its own degrees.
Two major developments in as many years saw the University’s London Campus opened in the heart of the capital in 2010, followed in 2012 by Coventry University College.
Today Coventry University is one of the country’s leading 'modern universities', with over 26,000 students and a robust academic presence regionally, nationally and across the world.
Location and Transport
Coventry is one of the top 10 largest cities in the UK, and was ranked in 2014 as one of the world’s best student cities by global education specialist QS.
The University’s campus is nestled in the centre of the city, with iconic sites such as Coventry Cathedral, the Herbert Art Gallery and Coventry Transport Museum on its doorstep.
Coventry is in the heart of the West Midlands, with excellent rail links to London (one hour) and Birmingham (20 minutes) and motorway links via the nearby M6, M1 and M40.
One of the UK’s major airports, Birmingham International, is just a 10 minute train journey away from Coventry, making the city internationally well-connected.
The city is situated a stone’s throw from the leafy county of Warwickshire, with the historic towns of Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare), Warwick, Kenilworth and Royal Leamington Spa within easy reach.
• Coventry University accepts a range of qualifications that enable students to progress onto undergraduate programmes.
Entry requirements range from AAB–BCC, depending on the subject.
The 25,635 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:
Level of study
Mode of study
As well as traditional degree course,s Coventry offers part-time, short and Continuing Professional Development courses.
The taught experience is based on the design of the course with assessment appropriate to the topic being studied.
Learning is based on an enquiry-led approach; students investigate real world problems as a base to their theoretical learning.
Employability is embedded into all of the learning at Coventry University and is core to the student experience.
Prompt feedback on assignments – we aim to get marks and comments back to you within 10–15 working days.
Research Programmes commended by the QAA for the training that we provide and the attention given to career development.
A research framework that provides you with a supervisory team who have the skills and knowledge to support and encourage your progression.
Quality and Research Support provides expect advice, administration support, training and skills.
Coventry University is an evolving and innovative university with a growing reputation for excellence in education.
Independent surveys show that the student experience at Coventry is excellent with very high scores for the teaching experience, assessment and feedback and personal development.
With strong vocational emphasis of courses and links with the best industry organisations, the university is firmly focussed on preparing students for successful futures.
Lanchester Library – home to almost 1,200 study spaces and 550 computer workstations.
Sport and recreation facilities.
Smart Campus, Wi-Fi enabled and hundreds of PCs and Apple Macs available.
The Disabilities Office is based in The Hub and has a team of staff who can provide advice and support on a range of issues.
Academic and support staff work in partnership and aim to create an environment where disabled students are able to take an active role in the educational and social activities available at the university.
Practical advice and support for prospective students wishing to study at Coventry.
Coventry University Students Union is based in The Hub.
An independent charity, separate from the University.
Some 140 student clubs and societies operate to create an amazing social environment.
More than 1000 students act as course and social representatives, working to make the University even more student focussed.
Sport and Recreation Centre, houses our refurbished Fitness Suite, sports halls and activity studio.
Members can use the sports halls to play sport including football, volleyball, netball, badminton, and cricket.
Qualified staff on hand to advise on training programmes and use of equipment.
In-house physiotherapist to provide treatment for injuries and longer term conditions.
A variety of programmes for all levels of ability including Active Universities for 'come and try it' and 'learn to play' style sessions, Be Active for informal competitions and leagues and Active Lifestyle for classes and courses such as Spinning, Body combat.
Sports Scholarships for high level athletes competing at national or international level.
There is also an outdoor facility where students can play football, cricket, hockey or rugby on the astro turf or grass pitches.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
In September 2011 the new student building, The Hub, opened. Typically used by 4000 students per day it is also home to a variety of student services such as careers, health and wellbeing, chaplaincy, student union.
The Hub brings together vibrant retail, catering and entertainment spaces.
In September 2012 an iconic new Engineering and Computing Building opened to students.
2014 saw the introduction of the Disruptive Media Lab in Lanchester Library, an interactive new work-space for students and staff.
A new super-laboratory for Health and Life Sciences will be built for 2016, creating a collaborative research environment for students and researchers.
Availability of Part-Time Work
Coventry University has its own recruitment agency for part-time work (Future works).
The Careers and Employability Service will help students with choosing postgraduate courses and graduate job vacancies. They will also help you research alternative careers and notify you about any upcoming job fairs.
Charles Morgan – Former Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company
Debbie Isitt – Film Director (Nativity, Confetti)
Jimmy Doherty – Entrepreneur and TV personality (Jimmy’s Farm, Jimmy’s Food Factory)
Ian Callum – Design Director for Jaguar
Gerry McGovern – Design Director and Chief Creative Officer for Land Rover
Kevin De La Noy – Film Producer (The Dark Night Rises)
Mark Fetherston – Automotive Designer (Exterior designer from Mercedes Benz)
Steve Rogers – Director, Google
David Yelland – Journalist and Former Editor of The Sun
Julian Jenkins – President- Aston Martin (The Americas)
Matthew Macklin – Middleweight Boxer
Gideon Coe – Radio 6 Presenter
Neil Carson – Former CEO of Johnson Matthey PLC
Jerry Dammers – Musician and Founder of the Specials