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Founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists in 1843, Coventry University is a modern institution with a tradition of teaching excellence and student satisfaction. Bases across the country include Coventry, Scarborough and London; one campus is in the heart of the capital's Square Mile. Bold international initiatives and partnerships with organisations across industries enable the university's 50,000 learners world-wide to benefit from placements and global opportunities to enhance their prospects.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

Coastal
Coastal

On the coast, near the sea

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: C85

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 24%

Student gender

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Coventry University’s Lanchester Library is open 24/7, 364 days a year with 1,400 individual study spaces and more than 550 computer workstations, as well as a free laptop loan service. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building including a dedicated postgraduate room and bookable group rooms. Spaces are zoned from silent to group and provide a variety of work environments to suit everyone.
  • Students have access to over 350,000 print books, 160,000 e-books, 95,000 e-journals and a broad range of other online and multimedia resources. Liaison librarians deliver subject-specific help and support. Working in collaboration with course tutors they provide both class teaching and one-to-one appointments.
  • Learning Resource Centres at London and Scarborough campuses offer a full range of library services with support for study, in addition to access to local print collections and the university's online collections. Coventry University London also has additional study and computer workstations within the Postgraduate centre and Financial Suite, along with support with digital skills.

Student jobs

  • The Futureworks, based in TheHub, is Coventry University's own recruitment agency. It helps students to find flexible, part-time work locally that fits around their studies. This helps students build CV-boosting employability skills, as well as earning extra money to help make the most of student life.
  • Students can find part-time work with the university itself, including work as a student ambassador. Student ambassadors play a big part in university open days, meeting potential applicants, answering questions and providing tours of the campus.

Careers advice

  • A great range of support facilities include faculty-based Employability Service teams, a central Careers Service, Enterprise HUB and Centre for Global Engagement – all helping students to optimise their university experiences, build work-ready skills and make successful transitions into employment or further study.
  • Careers support is personalised, with support and advice to broker international work or study options, internships, accredited placements, volunteering opportunities, and to build entrepreneurship and enterprise skills.
  • Students are also helped to build their job search capabilities, being prepared for rapidly changing job markets. Graduates have full continued access to the Careers Service.
  • Coventry University has strong links with both national and international employers; engagement events help students to meet and network with recruiters and other representatives from industry. Employers get actively involved with different aspects of students' development including advising on curricular content and hosting students for short or long-term work experiences.
  • A Careers and Employability Department at Coventry London helps strengthen the links between academic provision and employers; initiatives include guest lectures, industry visits, placement and internship opportunities.

Health services

  • In Coventry, health services include a GP practice on site with a team of mental health advisers, a counselling service, a team of welfare officers and a mental health mentor. There is also a physiotherapy clinic for staff and students.
  • At Coventry University London, support is provided by the Student Support Manager, Study Skills Tutor, Counsellor and Mental Health Mentor. Coventry University London have excellent working arrangements with local NHS services.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The teams provide assessments and ongoing one-to-one workshops for stress and anxiety, along with a range of different types of therapies.
  • Across all sites there is online registration for both counselling and mental health.

Disability support

  • The university's professional team supports students with disabilities and specific learning differences throughout their time at university. This begins pre-application, with familiarisation events on campus and support through the application process.
  • The university has adapted student accommodation available for disabled students who choose to live in university accommodation. Landscaped areas and buildings are fully accessible, providing an environment that can be used by everyone, including people with physical and sensory disabilities.
  • The university have worked with a company called AccessAble to develop access guides; these help students and staff find their way around the university campus.

Other services and facilities

  • Coventry University’s Centre for Academic Writing provides dedicated writing support, and Sigma, the Maths support centre, offers dedicated maths tutoring for all students on a drop-in basis. These services both offer workshops and online help, and are accessible to students from all campuses.
  • The university's Disruptive Media Learning Laboratory brings together academics, learning technologists, liaison librarians, educational developers and researchers. Its remit is to innovate and explore different approaches to learning, using 21st century methods like flipped classrooms, open courses, new models of online-learning, games science and gamification.
  • The Student Engagement Centre contacts all prospective students to ensure they have the information that they need before they arrive at the university. Once on their course, it continues to supports students to become fully engaged in their studies.

Students' Union

  • Coventry University Students' Union (CUSU) is based in TheHub in Coventry but has a presence on every campus. It is led by elected Sabbatical Officers who act as a voice for the student body, along with nearly 1,000 student reps. Democracy is a vital part of student life and shaping CUSU, representing important aspects of student experience from housing and student media to the LGBT+ community.
  • The CUSU advice centre offers students a free, independent and confidential advice service for a wide range of problems. The volunteering department provides opportunities for students to gain skills and enhance their CVs by volunteering in local schools, charity organisations or community groups.
  • Students can get involved in over 200 clubs and societies, including cultural, academic and sports clubs; and events include Welcome Weeks for new students, a Summer Ball, a popular Varsity sports tournament and One World Week, a celebration of global culture and diversity.

History

  • Coventry School of Design opened in 1843 in a former ribbon factory to provide core skills to the community – an ethos that the university retains today as it trains thousands in the local area.
  • Lanchester Polytechnic became Coventry Polytechnic in 1987, and then Coventry University in 1992. As a 'modern university' it continues to invest in teaching and improving access to its courses, opening four new campuses since 2010 including Coventry University London, CU Coventry, CU Scarborough and CU London.
  • In its 175th anniversary year – 2018 – the university was a principal partner in Coventry's successful bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021, heralding a programme of exciting events and projects over the next few years that the institution will be at the heart of.

Fascinating Fact

  • Practical simulations at Coventry University see healthcare students follow the full patient journey from emergency ambulance to hospital operation and rehabilitation in a community house, thanks to a new science and health building opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2018.​

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Steve Rogers – director of UX at Google Inc.
  • Philippa Snare – head of EMEA Marketing Group, Facebook.
  • Gerry McGovern – design director and chief creative officer, Land Rover.
  • Linda Spence – talent director, EMEA at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • David Yelland – former journalist and editor of The Sun, founder of PR specialist, Kitchen Table Partners.
  • Gideon Coe – BBC Radio 6 presenter.
  • Dr Aisling McLaughlin – deputy director for nursing, NHS England.
  • Ralph Debbas – chief executive of W Motors.
  • Robert Thomas – chief operating officer, Mercedes AMG Petronas.
  • Craig Callum – director at the National Transport Design Centre.

Address

Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB