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The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a world-leading campus university, located in Coventry in the centre of the UK. Born out of boldness, imagination and collaboration, it is constantly among the top universities in the UK league tables. The university provides the highest academic and research standards, encouraging students to explore new perspectives, both within and outside of their course.

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Rural
Rural

In or close to the countryside

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: W20

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. 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 64%
  • Postgraduate 36%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 83%
  • Part Time 17%

Where students come from

  • UK 65%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 25%

Student gender

  • Male 50%
  • Female 50%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Library contains around one million printed volumes including 15,000 rare and early publications printed in English, German, French and Italian and dating from the 17th century onwards. Electronic resources include over 55,000 e-journals, 605,000 e-books and 455 databases.
  • Students can access study spaces, computers, printing and scanning facilities, multimedia resources, skills development sessions, 'Study Happy' well-being sessions, and more.
  • Fully accessible and open 24/7 when the university is open, the library has a coffee bar and a café to help students stay refreshed while they study.

Student jobs

  • There is a variety of part-time work on campus, with flexible hours that students can fit around their studies.
  • The university's own employment agency, Unitemps, recruits for jobs on campus and in the local area, and Warwick's My Advantage service details a variety of local job opportunities too. These could include office work, web design, helping front of house or backstage at the Arts Centre, or working in one of the campus shops, bars or cafés. Unitemps also advertises holiday jobs, such as those supporting conferences run on campus over vacations.
  • Students can also join the Warwick Welcome Service, which involves helping with recruitment events like open days, and telling prospective students about life at Warwick.

Careers advice

  • Careers consultants work with students to help them explore, decide, plan and implement their next steps, helping with CVs and applications, offering support for interviews and assessment centres and providing skills sessions to prepare students for life beyond the university.
  • The university runs a wide variety of careers events each year including careers fairs, presentations, networking events and workshops – with nearly 300 employers visiting campus annually to meet students. Former students can also attend and access online vacancies posted by employers specifically seeking Warwick graduates.
  • The service offers help with work experience and internship opportunities. Students can apply for Warwick's paid Summer Internship scheme, explore financial support, or access learning resources to help find, prepare for and make the most of their work experience.

Health services

  • The Health Centre at Warwick gives access to a wide range of health services for students living on campus or within the catchment area. Students living off campus are encouraged to register with local clinics instead.
  • Services offered on campus include treatment of acute and chronic illness (and reviews for chronic conditions); referral to secondary medical services; sexual health services including chlamydia screening and cervical smears; organising HIV tests; travel clinics, immunisation and preventative care, and more.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Warwick's Counselling Service is open to all students and offers free professional therapeutic counselling. Students can meet a counsellor face-to-face or email them; join group therapy; or use the university's extensive self-help resources.
  • The Health Centre, Security Services, Residential Life teams, and local walk-in services are ready to help any student facing an urgent mental health crisis; spiritual support is available at the multifaith chaplaincy.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • The Disability Service provides tailored support for students with a disability or specific learning difference, and can put in place individual reasonable adjustments to ensure students can successfully complete their course and get the most out of their time at Warwick.
  • The team also promotes disability awareness and inclusion across the university.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Student Services at Warwick offer a wide range of support on issues students might face when studying at a university. For example, the Student Funding Office offers advice and help with money issues, and works with students to find solutions to money problems.
  • Facilities like the sports centre and music centre can help students to follow their passions and stay healthy and happy.

Students' Union

  • Run by students for students, the Students' Union (SU) helps students make the most of their time at Warwick by providing representation, support, opportunities, activities and value for money. With more than 300 student-run societies and sports clubs, Warwick's SU is one of the biggest in the UK.
  • The main SU building features a pub, nightclub, bar, restaurant, baguette outlet and tea shop. All the proceeds from these outlets are reinvested back into services for students.
  • The SU also organises the Warwick Fringe Festival. Held in the summer term, the festival celebrates all forms of performance and the arts, and gives student societies the opportunity to showcase their work around campus.

History

  • From the moment its first 450 students arrived on the 400-acre campus in 1965, the University of Warwick has been forward-focused.
  • The original campus was built on land owned by both Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council, and has since grown quickly in scale and ambition.
  • Today 25,000 students from approximately 150 countries thrive within the university's community.

Fascinating Fact

  • In 2009 a team at the University of Warwick designed a racing car powered by chocolate, with a steering wheel made from recycled carrots and bodywork that included potatoes. The car could get up to 135mph, running on bio-diesel made from chocolate, fat and sediment from the wine trade.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Stephen Merchant – BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe-award winning writer, director, radio presenter, and comic actor.
  • Baroness Valerie Amos – director of SOAS, University of London, Labour politician, life peer, former leader of the House of Lords, eighth UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs; first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
  • David Davis – Conservative MP, former secretary of state.
  • Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson – current president of Iceland, former historian and academic.
  • Andrew Haldane – chief economist and executive director of monetary analysis and statistics at the Bank of England.
  • Ruth Jones – creator of Gavin and Stacey, TV and radio actress and comedian.
  • Simon Mayo – award-winning radio broadcaster.
  • Lord Gus O'Donnell – former cabinet secretary and head of the home civil service; now Baron O'Donnell of Clapham.
  • Leslie Valiant – computer scientist and ACM Turing Award winner.
  • Oliver Hart – expert economist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2016.

Address

University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL