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Public Programme of Events

A futuristic car dashboardMay 2021 - 'Invention'

Welcome to the University; we play an important part in this city of ideas and invention; a university is a city’s lab, its workshop, a crucible of ideas; we make things – and make things happen.

Key events:

Coventry Moves (Saturday 15th May)

Roadshow 1: Invention (curated by Innovative Manufacturing and Future Materials GRP) A series of online, digital and socially distanced events and activities

Pint of Science Festival (17th - 20th May)

A mother protects her children

June 2021 - 'Sanctuary'

What does it mean to provide sanctuary? How does it feel to need sanctuary? Our research has highlighted the importance of sanctuary as a concept, told its histories, and contributed to policies for its future. We work collaboratively with those who give and receive sanctuary. This month, the university will explore this concept across its disciplines and faculties.

Key Events

Roadshow 2: Sanctuary (curated by the Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network) Lots of planned collaborations, events and activity will take place online.

A festival crowd in front of the word community

July 2021 - 'Community'

What does it mean to be part of a community or neighbourhood? How can universities work with their local communities? This month we focus questions such as ‘What do communities need to grow and thrive?’, ‘What does being a good neighbour entail?”, and ‘How can communities work and play together?’

Key events

Led by the Community Engagement team, July will focus on our Spirit of 2012 funded project in Canley

August 2021 - 'Freedom'

Freedom is everything in the university. Freedom of speech and freedom of ideas are critical to us, as are the issue of civil liberties, and the freedoms brought about by protest and civil unrest. In the university, freedom to experiment brings about change and innovation. This month, we’ll explore freedom - and how it might feel to be tentatively regaining our own freedoms...

A microphone in front of a packed audience

September 2021 - 'Words and Voices'

Words and Voices – this month we’ll focus on the power of words: spoken, written and sung. We’ll celebrate the 120+ languages spoken in our city and work with our multilingual communities. We’ll explore how we can write, speak and sing together – as well as listen and read? Where can words, language, song and prayer take us?

Key events

'Roadshow 3 - 'Words and Voices @ Godiva Festival (curated by the Connecting Cultures GRP)

- in collaboration with local groups, artists and writers, will focus on Poetry, Life Stories, and Language

October 2021 - 'Futures'

"The task of the university is the creation of the future,” said the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. We explore the big questions. Imagine the future: what does it feel like? What does it look or sound like? What really is and could be the role of the university in realising futures? How can the university interact with and learn from the city and its surroundings, in creating the future? How does it contribute?

Key events

Roadshow 4: Futures (curated by CIM) – sessions and activities asking what does the future sound like?

A child plays with a globe

November 2021 - 'Coventry in the World'

Coventry is a city which is enriched by the diverse communities that have made their home here. The University of Warwick is an internationally significant institution which draws in staff and students from all over the world. The focus of our research reaches all around the world too. This month we will highlight the global dimensions of what we do at the university.  

Key events

ESRC Festival of Social Science

Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

Screening Rights Film Festival

Warwick Arts Centre – collaboration with Change Festival and ‘Feelings of Freedom’ weekend

A plate of food

December 2021 - 'Feast!'

We love a celebration at the university. This month’s theme draws on the origins of the word feast and its Latin root, festa, meaning ‘holidays or feasts’ from festus: festive, joyful, or merry. We will explore celebrations of all kinds and all faiths this month as well as reflecting on the research that we do into food, from food cultures around the world to food security, food scarcity and the future of food.

Key events

Roadshow 5: Feast! (curated by the Food GRP)

WAC collaboration - Christmas lectures on the theme of Feast!

A close up of a face covered in colourful face-paint

January 2022 - 'Being Human'

What does it mean to ‘be human’? How has our research helped us understand humanity (and its limits). What aspects of humanity should we cling to and what should we let go of. What scientific discoveries have broadened or changed our understanding of humanity? And what are the limits on focusing on the human: how might we imagine a world beyond the human?

Key events

Roadshow 6: Being Human (curated by the Behaviour, Brain and Society GRP)

An exercise class warms up

February 2022 - 'Health'

Our research is at the cutting edge of new thinking about health and wellbeing. We have perhaps never been more aware of the need for research into health as we are now, and we search for hope and innovation in health care as never before. In this month we will showcase our collaborations across the city and beyond which strive to improve the health and wellbeing of all. Our events this month will focus on problem solving and working together for a fitter, healthier world.

Key events

Roadshow 7: Health (curated by the Health GRP with involvement from the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing)


March 2022 - 'Amazing Women'

This month we focus on women’s lives, women’s stories, and, particularly, the work of great women who have pushed all areas of our research forward. We reach out to the female researchers of tomorrow and celebrate women who have made great contributions to the world. We want to raise up women’s voices and showcase the work that women have produced and the things they have made.

Key events

Roadshow 8: Amazing Women (curated by Centre for the Study of Women and Gender)

Alternative Trails: Mapping South Asian Women’s Activism in the City (walking project, led by Centre for Social Change)

A festival crowd listen to music

April 2022 - Campus Festival!

Keep your eyes peeled for more details on this later in 2021.