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From research and blog-writing to Twibbons and events, we're all getting involved in City of Culture activities. Read about our projects below, read blogs from staff and students, and find out how you can join in.

Coventry’s universities prepare for City of Culture with cultural projects open to all

Coventry’s universities embarked on a series of collaborations to bring their research directly to Coventrians in the run up to UK City of Culture 2021. Working with local cultural groups, the University of Warwick and Coventry University collaborateD on 13 projects during the spring and summer of 2018 that will support Coventry City Council’s Cultural Strategy.

The collaborations will highlight the Cultural Strategy’s goals of partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, health and well-being and economic growth.

Commenting on the forthcoming collaborations, Warwick Vice Chancellor Stuart Croft said: "Through working together to bring our research to Coventrians, the University of Warwick and our friends from Coventry University are already hard at work and looking forward to 2021 and what will be an exciting time for our region”.

Coventry University’s Vice-Chancellor John Latham said:“The successful UK City of Culture campaign showed how Coventry is stronger, more creative and has more impact when everyone within it comes together. It’s an ethos that has inspired this series of projects.

"We’re proud to be working with the University of Warwick, organisations from around the city and local people on these exciting projects and hope they will add to the growing anticipation surrounding Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.”

13 collaborative public engagement projects announced

The University of Warwick and Coventry University together announce 13 brand new public engagement projects combining research staff from both Universities with cultural organisations in Coventry. These underpin Coventry City Council’s Cultural Strategy and lay groundwork for both REF 2021 and Coventry City of Culture 2021.

All the projects will disseminate academic research through active participation, using various methods to communicate their research ranging from cooking, dance, theatre, mosaics, photography, workshops, poetry and storytelling.

The projects are supported by Warwick Business School and three of Warwick’s Global Research priorities: Food, Connecting Cultures, and International Development as well as Coventry University.

How can we boost digital creative industries in Coventry?

New research undertaken Warwick and Coventry Universities suggests that digital creative businesses earn around £0.5bn in Coventry each year. Future growth may be limited, however, by a lack of coherent strategy and planning as well as challenges related to skill availability and suitable premises.