Industry specialists, researchers and staff – past and present – gathered at Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus on 18 December to mark 70 years of crop research on the site.
The meeting heard from a range of speakers who relayed past successes and described work on future developments. Invited keynote speaker and expert in food policy, Professor Tim Lang, spoke about the importance of vegetables in the UK and Sue Kennedy from Elsoms Seeds gave a commercial perspective on vegetable genetics and breeding – past, present and future.
New series on superbugs, stem cells and more open to the public at University of Warwick’s showcase of science
'Science on the Hill' is a new programme of public engagement events jointly hosted by the University’s School of Life Sciences and the Wellcome-Warwick Quantiative Biomedicine Programme at Warwick Medical School. These interactive two hour events taking place across the academic year will feature 20 researchers giving a birds-eye view of the latest exciting developments in their discipline.
Five free public events that will showcase the cutting-edge research being performed at the Gibbet Hill campus into the building blocks of life, futures in medicine and the factors that define our health are scheduled up to July 2020.
A very special graduation took place in December thanks to the partnership between the University of Warwick and national education charity, IntoUniversity.
The graduation ceremony, for Y6 pupils from Frederick Bird School in Coventry, marked the end of FOCUS week, a five-day programme designed to introduce the youngsters to university-style learning and give them a taste of what higher education is all about.
Martin Yardley appointed to role to spearhead the development of the University Of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus
Martin Yardley, who currently combines the roles of Executive Director of Place at Coventry City Council and the CEO of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, is to join the University of Warwick in a senior business development role.
On the 28th November 2019, Steve Berry OBE, Head of Highways Maintenance, Innovation, Resilience, Light Rail and Cableways at the UK Department of Transport will give the keynote address at the Very Light Rail Conference being held at The Slate on the University of Warwick’s campus. He will speak about the potential for Very Light Rail to transform local public transport.
An exciting addition to the University of Warwick’s sculpture collection has arrived on campus; Pollen Bomb by Joanne Risley - thanks to the generous support of award winning producer, director and Alumnus of the University, Lawrence Till.
Pollen Bomb joins the diverse range of sculptures available to enjoy and experience throughout Warwick’s central campus, which includes works by Richard Deacon, Atsuo Okamoto, David Nash, Laura Ellen Bacon, which was recently featured on the BBC’s Countryfile, and until October 2020 works by Jake and Dinos Chapman.
More than 500 people took part in the workshops, talks and activities organised by the University of Warwick for this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science. University researchers took to Coventry and Warwickshire’s streets, bars and community centres to share insights from their work with enthusiastic and interested audiences. The events tackled topics from the nature of time itself and the puzzle of DNA to taxes and accents.
Dr Rachel Turner-King and a team of volunteers organised a pop-up Story Garden in Canley Community Centre, with four themed areas of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter representing different aspects of learning.
200 University of Warwick students are to be equipped with CPR skills thanks to a scheme that will see medical students train their fellow students and the local community in the lifesaving techniques.
The Warwickshire-based WPH Charitable Trust has announced a grant of £3,935 to support the training at Warwick Medical School, which will train medical students as instructors to share their skills and knowledge with 200 medical and life sciences students in a European Resuscitation Council certified course, and to provide practical CPR/ Automated External Defibrillator sessions for fellow students and staff across the University of Warwick campus.
Backed by the Resuscitation Council (UK), the training covers practical skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, children and babies, use of an Automated External Defibrillator (that are now commonly found in the community) and dealing with major bleeding and choking.
Last year, 14 student instructors delivered a successful pilot of the scheme to 40 medical and life sciences students, 12 of whom will be subsequently trained to deliver CPR/AED teaching themselves. They will then provide CPR/AED training to 200 students from Warwick Medical School and School of Life Sciences in four courses over the next year. The student instructors will also help promote CPR/AED awareness in a number of sessions across campus and in the local community.
Our transformational new social mobility programme - Warwick Scholars - aims to change the lives of hundreds of young people in the Midlands who have the potential to study at Warwick, one of the world’s top 100 ranked universities, but who may face social or economic barriers to entering Warwick.
The programme focuses on prospective students from disadvantaged backgrounds or groups under-represented in higher education within a 30 mile commute of Warwick’s main campus in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Warwick Scholars will provide participants with an opportunity to reach their full academic potential and prepare for the transition to Warwick, achieving the best possible A Level grades. This will be followed by enhanced support and opportunities when they become students at Warwick, facilitating positive outcomes during their university experience and beyond.
The public science festival, Pint of Science, is returning to Coventry this year with experts from the Universities of Warwick and Coventry talking about their research work in a selection of pubs and venues around the city.
This year academics will be appearing at Backhaus and Co at Fargo Village, The Yard and Shopfront Theatre in the city centre and The Old Clarence in Earlsdon, between 20 and 22 May. There will also be a programme of talks at the White Horse, Leamington Spa.
Among the topics the presenters will be covering are Martians, DNA, electricity and magnetism, dyslexia, pollution, soil, cells, plastic and paramedics. They will also be tackling important issues like sexual health, the importance of sleep, and asking who’d win in a fight – the sun or a trillion lions?
Tickets are on sale now from: pintofscience.co.uk/events/coventry
Engineers and researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, are working alongside Transport Design International (TDI), based in Stratford, to develop a battery-powered, lightweight, rail-based vehicle to operate in Coventry.
The WMG team, including engineers Darren Hughes and Andrew McGordon, are using their automotive engineering and battery expertise to assist TDI with the design of the vehicle for Coventry City Council, and now have a 3D simulation of the vehicle.
The University of Warwick has teamed up with national educational charity IntoUniversity to launch a new project aimed at raising aspirations and improving educational outcomes for children and young people in Coventry.
The IntoUniversity Coventry centre, based in the Hillfields area of the city, will be run by national education charity IntoUniversity in partnership with the University.
Building on existing outreach programmes the centre will work with up to 1,000 children and young people each year, to help them make the best of their talents and improve their chances of gaining a university place.
The Coventry centre, based in the St Peter’s Centre on Charles Street, is already working with three primary schools, two secondary schools and a Sixth Form college in the area. Over one hundred students have signed up to receive after-school support, access to university-student mentors, workshops and insight into university life.
Warwick researcher adds 3 of Coventry’s historic town planners to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
The latest update of the prestigious Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, has added details on the lives of three of Coventry’s town planners and designers published on Thursday 14 February 2019, features the lives of some the individuals described by thanks to History of Art researcher Dr Otto Saumarez Smith at the University of Warwick. Dr Saumarez Smith was an advisory editor and key contributor to the update.
The three new entries on those who worked on Coventry were for the following:
Sir Wilfred Burns (1923-1984), Whose approach to planning was formed whilst an assistant planning officer at Coventry, which he described as ’by far the most ambitious and inspiring scheme in the country, and the plan most likely to fit in with contemporary and future society’. He was later head of planning at Newcastle upon Tyne, who sacrificed important aspects of its Georgian townscape for a new shopping centre and roundabout.
Percy Edwin Alan Johnson-Marshall (1915-1993), became senior assistant architect of Coventry’s newly formed city architect’s department in 1938, and he helped organize the exhibition ‘Coventry of Tomorrow’. His first wife was killed in the Coventry air raids. He later set up in private practice in Edinburgh, and his ideas were set out in his book Rebuilding Cities (1966).
Frederick [Fred] Bernard Pooley (1916-1998), was deputy city architect at Coventry, where he worked on the precinct, and he introduced high-rise blocks in Tile Hill. He was chief architect for Buckinghamshire, remembered though for his concrete tower in Aylesbury and his uncompleted monorail plan for North Buckinghamshire.
Development works are now underway on a new temporary car park at Cryfield Village and on improving pedestrian routes around campus which means that some diversions are currently in place.
The Oculus hosts Professor Michael Scott's Inaugural Lecture
- Professor Michael Scott, star of the BBC’s Ancient Invisible Cities, will give his professorial inaugural lecture on Wednesday, 20th February 2019
- The event will be held at The Oculus at the University of Warwick, is free to attend to those who register and will also be streamed live on Facebook
- The focus will be on the future directions for the research and teaching of Classics and the relevance of the ancient world to modern society
Ancient historian Michael Scott will celebrate his recent appointment as Professor with an inaugural lecture at The Oculus entitled ‘This is Sparta!: The Ancient World Then and Now’ on Wednesday, 20th February 2019.
In this lecture, Professor Michael Scott will set out his vision for the study, teaching and communication of the ancient world in the 21st century. Far from being a subject of the past, Michael will argue that there has rarely been a more exciting, relevant and important time to be studying the Greeks and Romans – and the wider ancient world of which they were a part.
Working for the University of Warwick is a lot more than teaching and research.
With more than 490 acres across campus to look after it takes a dedicated Estates team to support and maintain our spaces.- and we're recruiting!
Come along to our jobs evening on Wednesday 23 January between 4 and 7pm to find out more about many exciting opportunities in our Estates Department including waste services, post and portering, gardening, grounds maintenance and cleaning services.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet with our recruitment managers, find out more about the university and the role you’re interested in. We will also be holding interviews on the evening for some roles so bring along your CV for the chance to be interviewed.
Coventry Library Service is working in partnership with the University of Warwick’s Centre of Lifelong Learning to offer IT support throughout November.
The pilot sessions will run in Canley library on Tuesdays from 10-12noon and on Thursday in Tile Hill library from 2-4pm.
If you head out on campus today, you may be in for a big surprise! Meet Rolf – our unofficial, but much loved, campus cat. We spoke to Rolf’s owner, Helen, to find out more about our meow-vellous campus superstar.
Warwick is pleased to announce we will be hosting the British Science Festival 2019, in partnership with The British Science Association. The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s longest-established science festivals, travelling each year to a new part of the UK, and is aimed at an adult audience with a broad but non specialist interest in science.
Academics from Warwick, and across the UK, will present, discuss and debate cutting-edge science from across the scientific disciplines, at a range of different events, performances and installations on campus and across the city between Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 September 2019.
WMG, at the University of Warwick, has been awarded £10 million to build a new Degree Apprenticeship Centre for the high value manufacturing sector.
The Centre, which is due to open in 2019, has received £10 million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
The Centre will provide training programmes up to Level 7 (Master’s Degree level) with an initial capacity for 1,000 students on roll at any one time. The apprentices, who will be employed by companies, will undertake their academic studies at the WMG Degree Apprenticeship Centre, which will be on the University of Warwick campus.
For the first time ever, The Men’s Cycle Tour (Tour of Britain) will pass through the University of Warwick campus on Wednesday 5 September. The cyclists will approach campus from Westwood Heath Road, travel up Gibbet Hill Road and head out onto Kenilworth Road in the morning.
This is the first time the route has come to the county. The route for stage 4 will start in Nuneaton and end in Leamington Spa. We expect the race to come through campus between 11.30am - 12 noon on Wednesday 5 September.
We have now been granted planning permission for our hybrid planning application to the local authority (Coventry City Council) following the consultation we carried out on campus and with the local community earlier this year.
The application included requests for planning permission for nine projects on campus, including the new Faculty of Arts and Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research buildings as well as new student residences with up to 1,000 beds. The application also proposed to increase the maximum number of parking spaces on campus from 5,422 to 6,452, in line with Council parking standards to serve the net additional floor space. This will enable the construction of a new multi-storey car park at Gibbet Hill, relieving pressure on Warwick Medical School and the School of Life Sciences and helping to address car parking issues on local residential roads.
Doreen Foster has been announced as the next Director of Warwick Arts Centre. She is currently Deputy Director of the Black Cultural Archives and, before that, chief executive of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham.
The overwhelming increase in audience numbers means that we don’t feel we can continue to safeguard students, staff and visitors on the piazza during match screenings and we will not be showing any more of the World Cup on the big screen on campus. We’ve loved being able to show World Cup matches on the big screen, and we’ve been thrilled and surprised at the number of people that have joined us. We really hope you continue to enjoy the remaining games.
Congratulations to Nor, a Canley resident and Warwick alumna who has won the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) Active Citizens Award.
The University of Warwick is one of the leading Coventry and Warwickshire organisations which have joined together on a major project to support businesses across the region with education and training.
The Collaborate to Train Coventry and Warwickshire project is part funded by the European Social Fund, and aims to improve the ways in which education providers, local authorities and other stakeholders work together with businesses to provide high quality and effective education and training services in a more collaborative, user-led way.
The project, led by WCG (Warwickshire College Group), is especially targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and will look at ways to help them get involved in education and training, in particular through providing additional work experience placements, supported internships, apprenticeships and working with schools.
Looking for activities for children over the summer holidays? Check out at what's on offer on campus.
Enjoy 3 months of unlimited access to our Sports Centre for just £99. This great summer offer includes access to the gym, pool and more.Enjoy 3 months of unlimited access to our Sports Centre for just £99. This great summer offer includes access to the gym, pool and more.
This year four hundred and twenty pupils took part in the Warwick Bright Stars programme, the University primary school outreach programme.
Warwick student ambassadors with the help of university departments, delivered modules in various subjects such as History, French, Law and Economics.
The aim of the programme was to raise aspirations of local primary children from under-represented backgrounds in Higher Education.
- Developed by the University of Warwick, in partnership with health and social care services, voluntary sector and carers groups
- Website provides personalised information and support for carers
- Aimed at increasing the effectiveness and sustainability of informal carers and enhancing the health and well-being of individuals with caring responsibilities
A personalised online resource specifically for carers of older people in the UK has been launched by the University of Warwick.
It has been developed by primary care specialists and researchers at Warwick Medical School, GPs, the NHS and local authority managers, with very close involvement from Age UK Warwickshire and carers group, and funded by the NHS, Warwickshire County Council and Global Initiative's 100k Social Digital Fund.
Called Care Companion www.carecompanion.org.uk, it is being launched during national Carers Week 11-17 June 2018.
The 2018 Women’s Cycle Tour will again pass through the University of Warwick campus on Friday 15 June. The cyclists will approach campus from Westwood Heath Road, travel up Gibbet Hill Road and head out on to Kenilworth Road in the morning.
This year, the route for stage 3 will start in Atherstone and end in Leamington Spa. We expect the race to come through campus between 10.30 - 11.00am on Friday 15 June. Warwickshire County Council have provided estimated route timings on their website.
See the full route and find out more on the Women’s Tour website.
Over the next 5 years, the University is embarking on its next phase of building works, which includes nine development projects.
- A new Faculty of Arts on the central campus
- A new Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building (IBRB) at Gibbet Hill
- Residences for up to 1,000 students
As these combined projects will give rise to new floorspace and new parking requirements which are not reflected in the 2009 Masterplan, a fresh planning permission is required.
The University is preparing a single hybrid planning application (with some projects submitted for detailed approval and others for outline permission) to cover all nine projects and enable their combined impacts to be considered together. The application will be submitted to Coventry City Council as all projects lie within Coventry’s administrative boundary.
Join us on Monday 21st of May, 2018 at the Theatre Absolute space in central Coventry for an opportunity to debate and discuss political issues that concern you and your community, and for a chance to meet and interact with others who are passionate about Britain’s political life. The event, which is free of charge, will start at around 11am and will finish at 3pm and will include lunch.
The University of Warwick is celebrating Coventry’s latest accolade - European City of Sport.
The City has been announced as winning the title European City of Sport 2019 after a successful bid was made this year by Coventry City Council and key partners including the University of Warwick.
The news comes after Coventry was named City of Culture 2021, in addition to helping to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 which will be held in our region. The University of Warwick is currently developing a new multi-million pound Sport and Wellness Hub which is due for completion in 2019 and will create one of the best sports facilities at a UK university.
We are hosting a drop-in consultation to seek your views on our plans for the development of the University of Warwick campus over the next three to five years on Wenesday 23 May in the Felden Building on Westwood Campus.
The public science festival, Pint of Science, is coming to Coventry for the first time this year, with experts from the Universities of Warwick and Coventry talking about their research work in a selection of pubs and venues around the city.
● Head down to your local pub to hear talks on everything from making sunscreen to levitating diamonds
● More than 30 scientists to appear in city watering holes, as the world's largest festival of public science talks arrives in Coventry
● Coventry to join nearly 300 cities around the world taking part in this global festival from the 14 – 16 May
● Tickets on sale now at pintofscience.co.uk/events/coventry
Purity Brewing Ltd is a small brewer based on a farm between Studley and Great Alne not far from Stratford upon Avon. Sales continue to boom, which means constantly balancing the production of their beers with growing customer demand. The company turned to the SME team in WMG at the University of Warwick to help develop data systems to manage this complex operation while they get on with brewing the beer.
See what's planned from May onwards and watch the new season trailer.
Warwick Volunteers uses the skills, energy and enthusiasm of our volunteer students to run a wide variety of projects which benefit the community around the University in Coventry, Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick.
Projects include working with children in schools and after-school clubs, young adults, people with disabilities, and community groups.
Read a round up of activites in Student Volunteering week here.
Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote,
One hundred years ago thousands of people were on the march to get the vote for women. Although the focus of the women’s suffrage movement is often on London and on major figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Wilding Davison, these talks by leading political historian, Professor Sarah Richardson of the University of Warwick's Department of History, will uncover the unsung and unknown activists from the largely rural county of Warwickshire.
A week-long pop-up exhibition celebrating Coventry’s local history via the television archive will be held at Theatre Absolute’s Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW between the 16th and 20th April 2018. Visitors will engage with various screens (including a pair of vintage living room sets) displaying programmes made in and about Coventry, many of which have not been seen since their original broadcast.
Highlights include the documentary Coventry Kids: People of a Restless City (BBC, 1960), Philip Donnellan’s lyrical documentary about a multi-cultural postwar Coventry, About Religion: The New Coventry Plays No. 1: ‘This is the End’ (ITV/ATV, 1962), the first of a series of modern religious plays written especially for the new Coventry Cathedral, and Arena: Rudies Come Back or The Rise and Rise of 2-Tone (BBC2, 1980) an investigation of the pop music genre at the heart of Coventry’s music scene in the 1980s, produced by Alan Yentob for BBC Bristol.
Warwick’s Sutton Trust Summer School provides you with a fantastic opportunity to experience life as if you were a first-year undergraduate! Each subject stream will involve a mix of lectures, seminars or lab sessions, and you will be taught by some of our leading academics and post-graduate students.
You will improve your research and presentation skills through taking part in a group project within your subject, supported by our team of current Warwick students who will be working with you throughout the week.
We have also planned a full social programme for the evenings, including a Formal Dinner on our last night, giving you the all-round student experience!
Find out more about courses available and how to apply.
A new multi-million pound Sports Hub at the University of Warwick is one step closer to completion after contractor Willmott Dixon hosted a topping out ceremony today, which traditionally signifies the structure has reached its maximum height.
Due to complete in March 2019, the new Sports Hub will create one of the best sports facilities at a UK university.
Young science explorers from across the region will be able to sit in a submarine, search the skies for stars and use physics and chemistry to make ice-cream at the University of Warwick’s Science Gala this month.
The free public event, which takes place on Wednesday 31 January, aims to open the doors of some of the scientific facilities at Warwick, and offer a hands-on experience for children and young people, their teachers and families, as well as anyone interested in finding out more about science and technology.
People from across the region are being invited to spend the evening in conversation with some the University of Warwick’s cancer research team next week (Tuesday 30 January).
The Cancer Research Centre Ideas Café aims to create a relaxed environment in which experts can tell members of the public about the latest research being carried out at Warwick. There will also be time for discussion about cancer, with the aim of listening to the views and ideas from the public and informing future research.
Gordon Harris from Solihull has worked in engineering for almost thirty years, and has just gained long-wished-for academic qualifications – boosting his career – after graduating with the first cohort from the Applied Engineering Programme (AEP) at WMG, University of Warwick.
Ashley Pickard from Redditch – who also graduated this week - joined JLR as a structural test fitter in 2012. When the opportunity arose to be sponsored by the company to study for a WMG degree whilst still being able to work, he jumped at it.
Following the city’s winning bid to become UK City of Culture, Coventry schoolchildren are taking part in a new competition to bring the idea of cultural exchange and shared heritage to life. The Two Chairs Creative Writing competition, which is open to all across the UK invites people to see the world from the ‘other’ perspective.
Inspired by the Hafez-Goethe Monument of two empty chairs, the competition was started by Dr James Hodkinson of the University of Warwick and asks entrants to write and submit pieces in English or German, whether they be poems, short stories or prose, that express what the chairs say to them.
Prizes of £250 will be awarded to the winners of the Under 18 and Over 18 categories in both English in German.
Get your questions about electric cars and the future of British transport answered by leading experts in academia and industry at the University of Warwick next week.
Willmott Dixon is helping lay the foundations that will attract the next generation of people to the construction industry by offering on-site work experience to hundreds of young people at its University of Warwick project.
Since July, Willmott Dixon has has already welcomed nearly 300 young people to the site through its work experience and site tour programme. The contractor has also been supporting The Prince’s Trust ‘Get Into Construction’ scheme in the Midlands.
Students from both Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and the University of Warwick are also using the project as part of their degree.
Setting crisps on fire, making spinach glow, and detonating hundreds of ping pong balls were just some of the experiments the children attending Warwick’s Christmas lectures were treated to this year.
Mind boggling optical illusions, giant glow sticks, drill-powered umbrellas, and hundreds of bubbles also featured in the interactive shows.
The University of Warwick is hosting a photography exhibition which challenges preconceptions of Down Syndrome.
The exhibition features dozens of children aged from a few weeks to 12 years old who have the condition. The photographs show children dressing up in their favourite clothes - or doing some of their favourite things and aims to emphasise the uniqueness of each child and encourage viewers to see past the diagnosis and see each child’s individual skills and interests.
The exhibition which is being held at the University on Tuesday 5 December has been organised by Warwickshire charity The Ups of Downs and the University’s Warwick Medical School.
To celebrate a new partnership with The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, the University of Warwick has launched the freeflow Festival.
Taking place on Wednesday 29th November 2017, the freeflow Festival is a day packed full of events across campus featuring some of the best names in the literary world including Owen Sheers, Sarah Moss, Natalie Haynes, and Jess Green. In addition, fresh from the Glastonbury stage and a five star run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the poets, rappers, musicians and storytellers - Tongue Fu – will perform at The Assembly in Leamington Spa.
Roads in Coventry and Birmingham are set to become a world-class UK testbed for developing the next generation connected and autonomous (CAV) vehicles, thanks to a new £25m programme of investment being led by WMG at the University of Warwick.
The pioneering venture, undertaken by a consortium of research and industry partners, will make UK roads ready for CAVs by developing wireless networks, analysing how vehicles behave in real urban environments and involving the public in their evaluations.
The UK Central CAV Testbed will be based on 80 kilometres of urban roads in Coventry and Birmingham, creating a world-leading connected infrastructure and eco-system, and positioning the Midlands as a centre for cutting-edge automotive and communication technologies.
The University of Warwick is joining forces with the region’s first Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival to showcase its range of business support services to SMEs on Monday 20thNovember.
Warwick’s annual Meet the University event aims to inform ambitious businesses of the wide range of SME services the University is able to provide, including research and development, academic expertise, recruiting students, training current staff, hiring facilities and accessing start-up support and funding.
The Department for Education today announced a further £15-million in seed funding to put in place the foundations to build a bold, new and different university opening in Hereford in 2020. The new university for Hereford is being created in partnership with the University of Warwick and Olin College of Engineering in the United States.
West Midlands sportswear company SafeJawz have said thanks, or rather Fangs, for the help that WMG researchers at the University of Warwick have given them in the development of their new range of self-fit mouth guards which are designed to make gum shields a desirable piece of sports equipment as opposed to a nuisance item that can hinder performance.
WMG technology helps Midlands cycle company create next generation bicycles for Transport for London
Engineers from WMG, at the University of Warwick, are providing advanced technology support for Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Pashley Cycles, England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer who, with Serco, who this week won the contract to supply the next generation of bicycles for the Transport for London (TfL) Cycle Hire Scheme.
Under the new contract Serco will introduce bicycles, made by Pashley in the company’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, using WMG’s technical support and advice to help create cycles that are 10% lighter than the current model and that are designed to give a more manoeuvrable and comfortable riding experience.
Students new to living in Leamington have been welcomed to the town by various organisations and the town’s Member of Parliament at a community event in Old Town.
The event - the first of its kind in the town - was organised by Warwick Students’ Union and held at the Brunswick Hub in Shrubland Street with the aim of helping the students to settle in to their new surroundings and to find out more about the various health and wellbeing services available to them.
Partnership for Coventry’s event OneCov2017 invited people from communities across the city to come together to listen to and learn from each other’s experience of living in our city of many cultures – and to talk about ideas for how to live and work better together for the city.
Guests discussed their concerns for the city, shared many examples of effective ways in which Coventry people make our diverse city work well, and talked about possible ways to increase cross-community understanding in future.
OneCov2017 was organised in partnership with the University of Warwick’s Community Engagement team, and was planned and facilitated by a group of 27 community facilitators from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and communities.
The Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced that the University of Warwick has been awarded around a quarter of a million pounds from its new Higher Education Funding Council for England administered Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund. The university will use this to create a half million pound package to develop around 100 new degree apprenticeships each year.
The first 80 degree apprenticeships (in Civil Engineering and Social Work) will join the University of Warwick in 2018, with a further 100 new degree apprenticeships joining in 2019 and 120 in 2020. This will be in addition to around 400 apprentices in manufacturing engineering degree programmes that are already studying and working with WMG at the University of Warwick.
Students from the University of Warwick were among the volunteers working with the Inland Waterways Association and the Canal and River Trust to clear a stretch of the Grand UnionCanal in Leamington Spa at the weekend.
In addition to tyres, fishing line and plastic bags, the team pulled three motorbikes, 28 bicycles and 40 shopping trolleys from the watery depths, as well as several pushchairs, a pram, a complete ‘Pay and Display’ sign on a pole and the street sign for Llewellyn Road.
Join a Neverending CanCan, make a bin burp, scream to control a scooter and warm up while you talk as the Open Citizens project from Coventry City of Culture takes over the city 16-22 October.
We've finished work on the new exit from the Science Park onto Kirby Corner Road. This new, left turn only exit will support those exiting the Science Park towards Gibbet Hill Road, avoiding Lynchgate Road and reducing congestion in that area.
Plans for a very light rail service in Coventry have moved a step closer, with researchers from WMG, at the University of Warwick, unveiling early vehicle concept designs to representatives from Coventry City Council.
The project, funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Deal (which is subject to approval of the business case), is set to better connect the City. This will use a state-of-the-art rail system which will be cheaper, quieter and more environmentally friendly than anything currently available.
The University of Warwick has been awarded £250,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation to support the expansion and upgrade of the Warwick Arts Centre, as part of its 20:20 project.
The continued success and growth of WMG at the University of Warwick means that we are now looking almost 200 new recruits to join our team. The search is on to find engineers, researchers, project managers, data analysts, software developers, and technicians.
To help with our search we’ll be holding a recruitment open day at our International Digital Laboratory at the University of Warwick on Saturday 16 September 2017.
On the day attendees will have the chance to tour our world-class research facilities, and staff from our various research areas will be on hand to explain what it’s really like working at WMG. There will also be the chance to join a tour of our state-of-the-art research facilities to check out the sort of projects you could work on.
Every weekend, about 500 people take part in Coventry Parkrun around the War Memorial Park. If you’re in the area this weekend, why not cheer on or join a very special crew in orange who are jogging, walking, and even pushing buggies around the park's 5k route to fundraise for the Warwick Cancer Research Centre?
The Kenilworth Arts Festival will return this month bringing a host of award-winning musicians, best-selling authors and outstanding emerging talent to the town.
The new look festival, now in its second year, is the brainchild of Warwick post-graduate students Lewis Smith and Charlotte Thomas. It runs from 17 – 23 September with events taking place in a range of exciting and intimate venues around Kenilworth.
Work has commenced on creating an additional exit from the Science Park onto Kirby Corner Road. This new, left turn only exit will support those exiting the Science Park towards Gibbet Hill Road, avoiding Lynchgate Road and reducing congestion in that area.
The City Council are undertaking the works which are due to complete before the start of term, but will involve work on the main carriageway of Kirby Corner Road on the weekend of 16 and 17 September. There will be a local road diversion in place during this weekend, but access to Westwood Campus and all Kirby Corner Road frontages will not be affected.
A University of Warwick employee and her disabled son have taken part in the Superhero Triathlon to raise money for Warwick Cancer Research Centre.
Together they completed the half triathlon, of a a 400m swim, 10k bike ride and 2.5k run, in 1 hour 14 minutes.
Construction work has begun on Warwick Arts Centre’s temporary theatre – The Goose Nest – this week (14th August 2017).
The new 280 seater auditorium will be open for nine months, from October 2017 – June 2018, whilst Warwick Arts Centre’s Theatre and Studio spaces are refreshed and renovated as part of the venue’s 20:20 project. The three year development will see the venue go through some major changes and improvements to the building, parts of which date back to 1974.
WMG, at the University of Warwick hosted a visit from the leader, and deputy leader, of Coventry City Council who were keen to see for themselves the significant investment in automotive research within the City.
Cllr Duggins and Cllr Khan were given tours of the National Automotive Innovation Centre and Energy Innovation Centre, both lead by WMG, where research and development focuses on energy, batteries and autonomous vehicles.
The University of Warwick has honoured an acclaimed Classics expert who has helped open up the ancient world to state school pupils including many in Coventry.Professor Paul Cartledge received an honorary doctor of letters (Hon DLitt) from the University of Warwick during its summer graduation ceremonies. Professor Cartledge has had a distinguished career as an academic and is the Honorary Patron of Classics For All.
One the schools currently benefiting from the charity Classics For All, is Coventry’s Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry, which is acting as a local ‘hub’ for Classics in the region. The University of Warwick is supporting this initiative through the involvement of Michael Scott as director of the Sidney Stringer Classics hub, by inviting the school to take part in a Schools’ Classics Drama Day, and also in a Latin Inscriptions project.
A Nuneaton mother who returned to education and graduated from the University of Warwick this week has inspired her whole family to do the same.
Former bank manager, Susan Adcock, 53, has gained a 2:1 in Social Studies through Warwick’s Centre for Life Long Learning. Now her husband, daughter and son have all taken or enrolled on courses at the university too.
After seeing Sue’s achievements, her daughter Sam Jackson, 30, enrolled on the course and has just completed her first year of the same degree, and Sue’s son Scott, 23, will start this year. Husband Michael, 54, has successfully completed the Centre’s Gateway to Higher Education course, a free 18 week programme that allows adult learners to sample what it would be like to return to education without committing to a full degree.
Warwick Arts Centre has named its new 280 seater temporary theatre, ‘The Goose Nest’ following a student vote lead by the Creative Warwick team at Warwick Students’ Union.
Speaking at the University of Warwick after receiving an Honorary Doctorate David Burbidge, chair of the Coventry 2021 bid, said “We’re in the final shortlist now, which we are thrilled about. It was announced late on Friday and we had a day of celebration on Saturday, then it was back to work. We’re now hard at work, working towards the final bid”.
WMG at the University of Warwick has been awarded £5.7 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to form a Prosperity Partnership with Jaguar Land Rover that could literally be described as ”electrifying”.
Cancer research in the region has received a boost thanks to the former Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr Lindsley Harvard. At the start of his term in office Cllr Harvard chose the University of Warwick’s Cancer Research Centre as one of his official charities.
Looking for activities for children over the summer holidays? Check out at what's on offer on campus.
We offer a general scheme for ages 5-14, specialist sports camps or week long themed activites at Warwick Arts Centre.
This year's Godiva Festival is set for a Sunday circus spectacular, thanks to the team behind the bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.
As part of Coventry City of Culture Trust’s bid events programme, Cirque Bijou will be performing at the UK’s biggest free festival on Sunday, July 9, presenting ‘New Day’, an exciting outdoor circus show, specially created for Godiva Festival.
The 25 minute show, which will run twice a day, will reach a dramatic finale with a daredevil highline walk, accompanied by a Coventry community choir singing ELO’s Mr Blue Sky – and organisers are appealing for people to join the choir.
On Friday 9 June, we partnered with Warwickshire County Council to welcome Stage Three of the 2017 Women’s Cycle Tour to our region and on to our campus.
Girls in Solihull are invited to a tea party next week to celebrate Women in Engineering Day.
The event, at WMG Academy in Chelmsley Road, on Thursday 22nd June, is aimed at encouraging girls into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Nak, originally from Cambodia, who is a Chevening scholar, has been praised as a ‘great ambassador for the University.’ Despite his demanding Master’s schedule, over the past year he has also worked alongside Warwick Volunteers in the local community helping at special Easter events, Pop Up Cafés and on the creation of the Canley community garden.
Nak was presented with his award from the Chevening Secretariat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London in June.
This summer let your children take part in the sports that you know they love, as well as trying something new for the first time. We offer a range of sporting sessions in swimming, tennis, badminton, football and climbing, in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment. It’s also a great way to meet new friends and to get out of the house over the long summer holidays.
Gifted and talented youngsters from less advantaged backgrounds have more opportunities to study at the University of Warwick, thanks to funding of £30,000 from the National Express Foundation.
The bursary will support eight scholars per year - and students from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds, those who grew up in care, and students with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
Shooting the Past is a new, collaborative project between UniTracks, and the Departments of History and Film & TV at the University of Warwick. The project was one of two options available to the Year 10 UniTracks groups during the spring term (the other being the Big Deal with Warwick Business School).
Campion School, Leamington Spa and Harris Church of England School, Rugby were among the schools who chose to take part.
World-class opera performances will be broadcast live and free of charge for the University community and members of the public at the University of Warwick this summer. They will be beamed live from the Royal Opera House in London directly to the Big Screen on the main campus piazza on Tuesday 4 July (La traviata) and Friday 14 July (Turandot).
The first screening is La traviata on Tuesday 4 July, followed by Turandot, which includes the world-famous aria “Nessun Dorma” on Friday 14 July. The live broadcasts feature exclusive backstage footage and competitions, all adding to these special events in Warwick’s summer social calendar.
Business Secretary Greg Clark and Transport Minister John Hayes have announced a range of research funding which included a total of £4.25 million for a high energy battery research project, and an autonomous vehicle research project at WMG at the University of Warwick.
Looking for activities for children over the Easter holidays? Check out at what's on offer on campus.
Last Friday, Warwick hosted a successful workshop to feed into the Government’s Industrial Strategy with stakeholders from across the West Midlands.
Coventry is a dynamic place of invention, cultural diversity and youthful ambition and is proud to be a leading city of culture in modern Britain.
That’s the key vision of the new city-wide Coventry Cultural Strategy 2017-27 which has been launched with Coventry’s business and cultural partners, artists and community leaders at an event hosted by The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
Its development has been funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and Coventry City Council, with support from both the University of Warwick and Coventry University, and is based on an extensive consultation process.
4th May 2017 will see the election of the first West Midlands mayor, arguably the most important vote for the region since Brexit. But despite the huge impact this result promises to have on the area, public awareness and understanding of the mayor’s role remains low. Warwick has teamed up with West Mids Elects to back four public debates and generate vital support for the election.
Members of the local community will have the chance to get their hands on the toys of the future and cutting-edge technology - at the University of Warwick’s Engineering Day this month.
The School of Engineering is opening its doors to the public, allowing YOU to try its mind-controlled Scalextric set, smell with an electronic nose that can sniff out diseases, and see a smoke-ring cannon in action!
Warwickshire County Council announced that, in partnership with the University of Warwick, the county will be hosting Stage Three of the forthcoming Women's Tour on Friday 9 June.
The launch, held at the world class campus of the University of Warwick where the Tour will pass through, was attended by many of the region's top sportswomen including Kenilworth's World and European Champion rider Ciara Horne of the Cervelo Bigla team.
This year, we've worked with Coventry University and Coventry City Council to run the biggest Go Green Week our region has ever seen. Be a part of Go Green Week 2017 and help make Coventry and the University cleaner, greener and healthier for everyone.
The University of Warwick, as a part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) is working with nine schools and colleges across seven wards in Warwickshire to increase participation in higher education.
Evidence collected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has shown that there are young people in these areas who are achieving the qualifications they need to benefit from higher education, but are not currently doing so.
Over 200 business and organisation leaders from across the West Midlands gathered in Birmingham on Friday morning at the fifth anniversary Coventry and Warwickshire Champions meeting, hearing from leaders of key regional organisations, including Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor and President Stuart Croft, on how collaboration across the region is critical to raise its profile.