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Warwick and the US

The University of Warwick has had a strong connection to the US since its founding fifty years ago.

Two of the University’s five Vice-Chancellors have been American and Warwick’s previous Chancellor, Sir Nick Scheele, was Chief Operating Officer of the Ford Motor Company.

Due to the generosity of Helen Martin, a local resident with links to the US, the University was able to launch a student exchange scheme in 1967 with a group of prestigious US universities, including University of California-Berkeley. This initial relationship with prestigious US institutions has grown and developed over the years and last year more than 120 Warwick students went on study abroad placements to US universities.

Helen Martin became Warwick’s largest ever benefactor. She was motivated by helping a new British university incorporate the best traditions of US campus life. Over the past five decades her charitable trust has funded Benefactors, a US styled hall of residence; the Warwick Arts Centre, a large multi venue performing arts venue inspired by the Hopkins Centre at Dartmouth College; and countless sport and athletics facilities.


Today, the University’s faculty have active research collaborations in universities across the US and Warwick is the only European university to be a partner of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a unique public-private research center that uses New York City as its laboratory and classroom to help cities around the world become more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient.


In 2000, President Clinton chose the University of Warwick as the venue for his last major foreign policy address outside the US. (Pictured: Then Vice Chancellor Brian Follett and Prime Minister Blair listening to President Bill Clinton.)


The late Dr Oliver Sacks, renowned neurologist and clinical professor of neurology at Langone Medical Centre at NYU, was a visiting professor at Warwick from 2012 until his death in August 2015.

Helen Martin Studio

A new studio created as the final part of the recent £8million redevelopment of Warwick Arts Centre was named ‘Helen Martin Studio’ in honour of her generousity in 2010.

Miss Helen Martin

Miss Helen Martin
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