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The new Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research launches

The Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research (CMHWR) brings together a large community of researchers across all faculties at Warwick University with external collaborators in local government, healthcare and regional businesses. There is a fusion of expertise from a broad range of disciplines including computer science, history, mathematics, social sciences, psychology, medicine, business, engineering and economics.

Tue 22 Sep 2020, 14:20 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

THE World University table for 2021 ranks Warwick in world’s top 100 and UK’s top 10

The University of Warwick has retained its top 100 position of 77th overall in the World and 9th in the UK in the THE (Times Higher Education) 2021 World University Rankings published at midday on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.

In the previous two years Warwick rose a total of 14 places in the THE global rankings.

Thu 03 Sep 2020, 10:51 | Tags: National, hp-newsfeed

A message from the Vice-Chancellors of Coventry University and the University of Warwick

A message from the Vice-Chancellors of Coventry University and the University of Warwick about students returning to Coventry and Warwickshire

Tue 25 Aug 2020, 05:00 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Road closures near the University

We're aware of the following scheduled road closures in the area surrounding our campus.

Thu 13 Aug 2020, 14:35 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed

Warwick to host Commonwealth Games athletes in 2022

The Warwick campus is to become an Athletes Village during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

We’ll be hosting international athletes at our multi award-winning campus hospitality venues, Warwick Conferences, and providing unlimited training access in our world-class Sports & Wellness Hub, which is part of a £49m investment into campus sports at Warwick.

Wed 12 Aug 2020, 13:55 | Tags: Community Region

Estates and Coventry City Council Supported Internship Programme - Warren's story

Our Estates department recently entered a partnership with Coventry City Council to give young people with learning disabilities valuable work experience.

Wed 05 Aug 2020, 10:00

Upcoming road closures near the University

Please note that there are planned roadworks in the surrounding area to our campus over the Summer months, which we are anticipating will have a major impact on our community.

Tue 14 Jul 2020, 15:23 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Volunteering at Spencer's retreat

Rebecca Silver, a staff member working in Rearch and Impact Services, shares with us her experience of volunteering at Spencer's retreat.

Tue 30 Jun 2020, 12:45 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Memories of Binley Colliery: a community project supported by University researchers

Read about the project and how our academics are involved.

Fri 26 Jun 2020, 14:07 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed Coventry

Two University Building Projects have been shortlisted in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional Awards

Two building projects recently completed for the University have been shortlisted in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional awards in the Midlands, with final judging for the winner taking place later in the year.

The two projects are the Professor Lord Bhattacharyya Building hosting the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) and Phase 1 of the Cryfield Village Student Accommodation. Both buildings dramatically enhance the University campus and provide world class facilities for research, teaching and living.

They are extremely energy efficient (EPC A) and sustainable (Breeam Excellent), incorporating renewable energy systems and are assisting the University in the journey towards carbon net zero. Most importantly the buildings are now enriching the experience for staff, students, visitors and the Universities industrial partners, bringing more employment to the region.

Image: Nick Dimbleby

Tue 16 Jun 2020, 17:33 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed Campus development

Over £2000 raised for hard hit charities with this crocheted coronavirus raffle

Whilst the UK has been in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gill Frigerio, an Associate Professor in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, has been crocheting coronaviruses to raise money for local charities.

Each week she raffled off her bespoke creations to support different causes in the West Midlands. Tickets were available for anyone to buy for a donation of £5 each. Earlier this month she hosted her ninth (and final) raffle, reaching a grand total of £2,300.

Tue 16 Jun 2020, 12:30 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed

Safeguarding human rights during the coronavirus response

Sharifah Sekalala, Associate Professor in Warwick School of Law, will be taking on two significant projects aimed at ensuring that human rights don’t get eroded in the national and international response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Supported by funding from the University of Warwick’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, Dr Sekalala will lead a project scrutinising the emergency laws introduced in the UK and around the world in response to COVID-19. The project team will submit evidence to the UK Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Human Rights, which has announced an inquiry into COVID-19 and human rights, and also write a global human rights impact assessment on global emergency laws for the World Health Organisation Bulletin which is read by public health officials, legal counsels and policy makers.

Mon 15 Jun 2020, 09:06 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

1000+ face masks from Shanghai to Warwick will equip local care homes

More than 1000 face masks, donated to the University of Warwick by its partner Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China, will help protect key workers in care homes across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Warwick is working with NHS community distribution channels to ensure that the entire batch of personal protective equipment is delivered to care homes throughout the local community — where supplies are limited during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mon 15 Jun 2020, 08:52 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Warwick researchers join Police and Crime Commissioner’s advisory board

Six Warwick social science researchers have become members of the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner’s new Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Ana Aliverti, Professor Jo Angouri, Professor Jackie Hodgson, Professor Vanessa Munro, Professor Tom Sorell and Professor Azrini Wahidin will share research and expertise with the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson.

The board brings together academics from the region’s universities who have expertise in political governance, policing, social cohesion, criminology and social work to share research and identify new and creative ways they can work together with the police to reduce crime in the West Midlands.

Tue 09 Jun 2020, 14:56 | Tags: Community Region hp-newsfeed

Help raise over £2000 for hard hit charities with this crocheted coronavirus raffle

Whilst the UK has been in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gill Frigerio, an Associate Professor in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick, has been crocheting coronaviruses to raise money for local charities.

Thu 04 Jun 2020, 16:00 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

Estates team give Leamington Spa school a makeover

The Building Fabric team from Estates Maintenance has recently completed a community project at St Peter’s Primary School in Leamington Spa.

With the majority of the team on furlough, colleagues wanted to put their building maintenance skills to good use during this time, to help the community.

Team member Nicola Austin, whose daughter attends the school, identified the project and set the ball rolling several weeks ago. She liaised with the school, doing the preparation work and co-ordinating the team throughout.

Tue 02 Jun 2020, 19:00 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-03 hp-newsfeed

How our academics are contributing to the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

Discover how our academics in the Zeeman Institute are contributing to the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and providing scientific evidence to support the UK's response to COVID-19.

Tue 02 Jun 2020, 12:01 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

Academic returns to nursing to help NHS in pandemic

Charlotte Croft has swapped the lecture theatre for a hospital theatre after returning to nursing to help the UK's National Health Service (NHS) fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Associate Professor of Human Resource Management left her role as a nurse at Nottingham University Hospital in 2013 to work in academia, but decided to answer the Government's call to return to the frontline to help the thousands suffering from coronavirus.

Fri 29 May 2020, 09:49 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

Researchers call to record the landscape of the pandemic

‘The Viral Archive’ is a collaborative project between archaeologists at the University of Warwick, University College Cork (Ireland), and University College London, that is sending out a global invitation, for you to capture the visual record of the signs, marks, and graffiti that are keeping us safe, together, and uplifted during this pandemic.

So far the team has received over 500 contributions from around the world through their @Viral_Archive Twitter page, and are hoping to grow this as an archive of the times. Examples submitted to date include: pictures of rainbows, decorated trees and painted stones, chalk street art, and virus-related graffiti.

Thu 28 May 2020, 18:00 | Tags: Community Region hp-newsfeed

Work begins on autonomous vehicle trial route

Over 300 kilometres of West Midland’s roads are set to trial connected and autonomous vehicles, making UK roads safer and allowing for more predictable goods delivery and journey times.

Wed 27 May 2020, 16:15 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

MBAs help medics across the world facing pandemic

Three Warwick Business School MBA students have set up a programme of free weekly online seminars for healthcare workers across the world to help them cope with the coronavirus crisis.

Wed 27 May 2020, 09:21 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

Hundreds write letters to say 'thank you' to the NHS

Mya Krishna-Kumar, a first year Maths student at the University of Warwick, was inspired by the weekly clap for carers. She wanted to find a way to connect people with NHS staff, to give a more personal touch. A couple of weeks ago, Mya set up 'Letters for the NHS' – a pairing system where anyone can write to a hard-working healthcare worker.

Fri 22 May 2020, 12:00 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-01 hp-newsfeed

Expert comment: can our food supply chains cope?

Dr Kate Bailey, a Principal Engineer at WMG, is an expert in food supply chains and has shared her thoughts with us on the challenges our food supply chains have been facing in recent weeks.

Fri 15 May 2020, 18:00 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

Spotlight on food: how we're helping people access food through COVID-19

Doing the weekly shop, or putting in your regular online delivery order, was something most of us took for granted until the COVID-19 crisis hit. Since the social distancing ‘lockdown’, something as basic as going shopping, or popping to the chemist to pick up a prescription, has become increasingly difficult to navigate for vulnerable and elderly people, as well as those who have found themselves in financial difficulty due to a reduced income.

Thankfully, dozens of community support initiatives have quickly sprung into action to support these groups, and many of our students and staff have been getting involved to help get food and assistance out to where it’s most needed.

Tue 12 May 2020, 11:51 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-02 hp-newsfeed

Putting Pen to Paper: supporting Hope Coventry's Good Neighbours programme

Lisa Randle, Chef de Partie in Warwick Conferences’ Rootes kitchen, has been putting her writing skills to good use by volunteering as a pen pal befriender through Hope Coventry’s Good Neighbours programme. She is writing letters to vulnerable local people in Coventry.

Wed 06 May 2020, 15:32 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed Coventry

Watch UHCW and Warwick Medical School on BBC Midlands Today

Dr David Gregory-Kumar reports for BBC Midlands Today on University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire conducting tests for COVID-19 and how Warwick Medical School staff and students are involved.

Tue 05 May 2020, 11:03 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

WMG lecturer deployed as Army reservist to help Scotland fight covid-19

Major Gary Bilsbarrow, a Senior Lecturer at WMG, University of Warwick in Supply Chain and Logistics Management, has been mobilised as an Army Reservist to Edinburgh to use his expertise to support the Scottish Government and NHS in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fri 01 May 2020, 14:13 | Tags: feature-01, hp-newsfeed

Innovative Partner Awarded Contract to develop Very Light Rail trackform

The Coventry Very Light Rail project is about to embark on a new adventure, investigating how to create a low cost trackform for the light rail carriages already in development, thanks to £1.5m funding from West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), secured by CCC. This project aims to revolutionise affordable public transport in towns and cities.

Fri 01 May 2020, 13:58 | Tags: Region hp-newsfeed

Face masks donated from Beijing to University of Warwick will equip local NHS

Around 1,000 face masks, donated from Beijing to the University of Warwick, will be distributed to NHS key workers across Warwickshire.

Wed 29 Apr 2020, 14:20 | Tags: Community Region feature-02 hp-newsfeed Warwickshire

Staying active at home with Warwick Sport

We've got some resources from Warwick Sport to help you stay active at home.

Fri 24 Apr 2020, 10:34 | Tags: Community Region Warwick Sport feature-03 hp-newsfeed

Medical students volunteer to join the NHS fight against COVID-19 across Coventry and Warwickshire

Medical students are supporting health services across Coventry and Warwickshire to help fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Wed 01 Apr 2020, 14:16 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed feature-04

Five ways in which Warwick staff & students are assisting in the response to the pandemic

There are many ways in which universities can actively assist in the response to the pandemic.

Many of our staff and students have not just been asking how they can help but they have simply got on and done so. Here are just five of things those colleagues and students are doing now, some of whom are named below.

Thu 26 Mar 2020, 15:39 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-01 hp-newsfeed

CWLEP supports major projects on campus

Learn how the CWLEP is supporting two of the University's transformational major projects.

Mon 23 Mar 2020, 14:37 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

University Response to Coronavirus

The safety and wellbeing of our campus and local community is our highest priority and we are taking steps to protect individuals.
Fri 13 Mar 2020, 15:17 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Autonomous guided vehicles to transform horticultural labour shortage

A new autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) is being developed to transform the horticultural sector and tackle the labour shortage. The model which will work in glasshouse and outdoor areas moving trays and boxes around the production area, is being designed by researchers from WMG at the University of Warwick. The project is part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board SmartHort programme, which aims to improve labour efficiencies through technology and automations.

Thu 12 Mar 2020, 19:00 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-02

Young Coventry performers use Warwick experts to help with climate science in new production

University of Warwick researchers have shared their knowledge in the development of a new play showing at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Like There's No Tomorrow has been conceived, written and performed by The Belgrade’s Young Company, and commissioned by the National Theatre Connections programme. Academics from the University of Warwick spent time with the cast and writers of the new production to help feed in and break down scientific facts about climate change and environmental issues. Warwick academics will also join in a panel discussion after the performance.

Thu 12 Mar 2020, 14:45 | Tags: Community Region feature-01 hp-newsfeed

British Transplant Games 2020: Register now

The British Transplant Games are arriving in Coventry this summer, with our Sports and Wellness Hub one of the host venues. There will be a wide range of sports across campus including swimming, athletics, cycling and more. Learn more about the Games and organ donation, and register to take part.

Tue 10 Mar 2020, 16:03 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-02 hp-newsfeed

Arctic's Global Seed Vault to receive 1000 types of seeds from Warwick's Vegetable Genebank

Just under 1000 seed samples from different crop species including kale, carrots and cauliflower are to be deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Arctic Norway on the 25th February 2020, from the UK Vegetable Genebank (UKVGB) at the University of Warwick Wellesbourne campus.

Tue 25 Feb 2020, 14:45 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

New round of City of Culture Research Projects funded by Warwick and Coventry Universities

The latest round of awards for collaborative research projects contributing to Coventry City of Culture have just been announced. Now in their third year, these collaborative projects are jointly funded between Coventry University and the University of Warwick, and have been granted funding of up to £2,000 for projects to partner with a Coventry-based organisation to undertake locally impactful research that invites the general public to participate

Mon 17 Feb 2020, 10:39 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-04 Coventry Warwickshire

Valentine’s card urges students to dump heartless thieves

Working with West Midlands Police, we delivered around 2,000 Valentine's Day cards to student properties with key crime prevention messages.

Fri 14 Feb 2020, 16:50 | Tags: Community Region hp-newsfeed Coventry

Online tool for carers demonstrated for Minister of State for Care

A new tool to help carers manage the daily challenges of life when caring for a friend or loved one has been presented to the Minister of State for Care at Westminster.

Professor Jeremy Dale of the University of Warwick has met with Caroline Dinenage MP from the Department of Health and Social Care to demonstrate Care Companion, a new online support tool developed by Warwick Medical School to support people with caring responsibilities across Warwickshire and Coventry.

Tue 04 Feb 2020, 10:55 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-01 hp-newsfeed

Autonomous pods SWARM together like bees in world first demonstration

Autonomous pods born in Coventry are now able to swarm together in a world first, thanks to research by WMG at the University of Warwick in partnership with Aurrigo and Milton Keynes council.

With the concept of driverless pods now more realistic than futuristic, the vehicles are one step closer to being put to use, as they can now help each other to drive and navigate through pedestrian areas around people.

Warwick researchers help create "ethical compass" to guide research during global health emergencies

Two Warwick researchers have contributed to a new report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics calling for a more ethical and collaborative approach to conducting research during global health emergencies such as infectious disease outbreaks.

Professor Simon Caney from the Department of Politics and International Studies, and Dr Sharifah Sekalala, Associate Professor in the School of Law, were members of the Working Party which conducted an in-depth inquiry, reviewing the policies and practices of global health emergency research, and presented 24 recommendations for improvement in the form of an "ethical compass" to guide the decisions of those on the ground.

Tue 28 Jan 2020, 11:15 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-03 hp-newsfeed

University of Warwick Honorary Graduates share advice

Three of the University of Warwick's new Honorary Graduates have shared insights from their careers, discussed the challenges facing the world today and passed on their advice to new Warwick graduates at the Warwick's Winter 2020 Graduation ceremonies.

In receiving their degrees, Dr Reuel J Khoza, Professor Michèle Lamont and Dr David Halpern joined an illustrious list of world leaders as honorary graduates of the university, which includes Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, Janet Yellen, former Chair of the US Federal Reserve, Dame Stella Rimmington, former Director General of MI5, and Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Mon 27 Jan 2020, 20:40 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed

Many thanks for taking part in our car parking consultation

We would like to thank you all for sharing your views in regards to the car parking consultation last year on evening and weekend parking charges. We have since received a large volume of feedback which is incredibly helpful. We are now taking the time to understand all views and will update our community as soon as we can. Please note that any changes to the existing parking arrangements will be communicated with plenty of notice.

Tue 21 Jan 2020, 17:00 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed

Seventy years of crop research at Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus celebrated at industry event

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.

Primary school pupils visit Warwick for a taste of university

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.

Tue 10 Dec 2019, 18:50 | Tags: Community Policy Region feature-01 hp-newsfeed Coventry Schools

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.

Department for Transport to give keynote address at WMG’s Very Light Rail Conference

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.

Pollen Bomb gifted to the University Art Collection for all to enjoy

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.

Mon 25 Nov 2019, 14:56 | Tags: Community Warwick Arts Centre feature-02 hp-newsfeed

Local residents entertained, challenged and moved by ESRC Festival of Social Science

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 students to deliver CPR and defibrillator training to campus and community

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.

Tue 12 Nov 2019, 10:38 | Tags: Community feature-02 hp-newsfeed

£10 million fund to widen access to education at Warwick

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.

Tue 14 May 2019, 09:24 | Tags: hp-newsfeed, feature-04, Schools, Widening Participation

Pint of Science returns to Coventry bringing scientists out of the lab and into your local

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:

First look at Coventry’s Innovative Light Rail Vehicle

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.

University of Warwick backs new initiative to get Coventry’s young learners IntoUniversity

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.

Mon 18 Mar 2019, 12:49 | Tags: hp-newsfeed, Coventry, Schools, Widening Participation

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.

Wed 06 Mar 2019, 11:54 | Tags: Coventry

Spring 2019 development work on campus

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.

Tue 19 Feb 2019, 15:11 | Tags: Campus development

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.

Wed 13 Feb 2019, 16:08 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Estates Jobs Recruitment Evening 23 Jan 2019

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.

Find out more about the roles here.

Wed 02 Jan 2019, 14:32 | Tags: feature-01

Drop-in IT support at Canley and Tile Hill

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.

Mon 29 Oct 2018, 10:00 | Tags: Coventry

Meet Rolf, the campus cat!

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.

Mon 17 Sep 2018, 08:41 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed Coventry

Warwick to host British Science Festival 2019

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.

Fri 14 Sep 2018, 08:47 | Tags: feature-02

£10m funding to build a new Degree Apprenticeship Centre for the high value manufacturing sector

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.

Wed 12 Sep 2018, 09:13 | Tags: Region WMG hp-newsfeed Campus development

2018 Men’s Cycle Tour comes through campus: 5 September

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.

Tue 21 Aug 2018, 08:56 | Tags: Community Region Warwickshire

Campus development projects to 2022: Hybrid Planning Application submitted

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.

Mon 30 Jul 2018, 10:25 | Tags: feature-02, Campus development

Doreen Foster appointed new Director of Warwick Arts Centre

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.

Thu 26 Jul 2018, 09:43 | Tags: Warwick Arts Centre, hp-newsfeed

No longer showing World Cup 2018 matches on the big screen

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.

Mon 09 Jul 2018, 15:25 | Tags: Community

Warwick alumna wins prestigious community award

Congratulations to Nor, a Canley resident and Warwick alumna who has won the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) Active Citizens Award.

Thu 05 Jul 2018, 11:13 | Tags: Community Warwick Volunteers

Local organisations join forces to support business training needs

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.

Thu 28 Jun 2018, 15:48 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed Coventry Warwickshire Schools

Summer holiday activities 2018

Looking for activities for children over the summer holidays? Check out at what's on offer on campus.

Wed 20 Jun 2018, 13:36 | Tags: Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick Sport, hp-newsfeed

Get fit for summer for £99

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.

Wed 20 Jun 2018, 13:33 | Tags: Warwick Sport, hp-newsfeed

Bright Stars programme welcomes 428 pupils

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.

Tue 19 Jun 2018, 13:55 | Tags: Community Schools Widening Participation

Unique personalised online resource for carers of older people launched

  • 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, it is being launched during national Carers Week 11-17 June 2018.

Mon 18 Jun 2018, 08:41 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed

2018 Women’s Cycle Tour comes through campus: 15 June

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.

Mon 04 Jun 2018, 12:55 | Tags: Community Warwick Sport hp-newsfeed Warwickshire Family

Campus development projects to 2022

Over the next 5 years, the University is embarking on its next phase of building works, which includes nine development projects.

These include:

  • 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.

The Chamber: An Interactive Workshop on Political Participation 21 May

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.

Thu 17 May 2018, 15:41 | Tags: Community City of Culture Coventry Sociology

University of Warwick delighted at Coventry’s European City of Sport win

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.

Thu 17 May 2018, 15:19 | Tags: Community Warwick Sport feature-02 Coventry

Capital Plan Hybrid Planning Application Public Consultation Drop In 23 May 2018

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.

Mon 14 May 2018, 14:37 | Tags: Coventry, Warwickshire, Campus development

Video update on the Sport and Wellness Hub

Our contractors, Willmott Dixon, have put together a fantastic video update on how the Sport and Wellness Hubproject is progressing.

Tue 24 Apr 2018, 15:05 | Tags: Warwick Sport, hp-newsfeed, Campus development

Pint of Science Coventry brings scientists out of the lab and into your local pub

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

WMG data specialists helps streamline production at Warwickshire brewer

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.

Tue 03 Apr 2018, 13:40 | Tags: WMG, hp-newsfeed, Warwickshire

See what Summer will bring to the Warwick Arts Centre

See what's planned from May onwards and watch the new season trailer.

Mon 19 Mar 2018, 08:51 | Tags: Warwick Arts Centre, Family

Student Volunteering Week

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.

Tue 27 Feb 2018, 09:05 | Tags: Warwick Volunteers

Warwickshire's suffrage history to be told across the region in 2018

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.

Tue 06 Feb 2018, 11:54 | Tags: Community Public Engagement

'Ghost Town' Project Launches with Haunting in Coventry City Centre, 16-20 April 2018

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.

Tue 06 Feb 2018, 11:51 | Tags: Community Public Engagement City of Culture Coventry

Applications open for our free Sutton Trust summer schools

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.

Tue 06 Feb 2018, 11:29 | Tags: Schools, Widening Participation

Warwick's new Sports Hub 'topped out'

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.

Science on Show at Warwick

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.

Tue 30 Jan 2018, 16:45 | Tags: WMG, Schools, School of Engineering

Talk to experts about the University of Warwick’s cancer research

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.

Tue 30 Jan 2018, 16:42 | Tags: Public Engagement, feature-03

WMG graduates who worked while studying already promoted

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.

Tue 30 Jan 2018, 16:39 | Tags: Community Region WMG feature-01 West Midlands Region

Coventry schoolchildren to bring the idea of cultural exchange and shared heritage to life

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.

Wed 17 Jan 2018, 16:54 | Tags: Community feature-02 City of Culture Coventry Schools Family

Electric vehicle experts to answer public’s questions at Warwick

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.

Wed 17 Jan 2018, 16:51 | Tags: Public Engagement Region WMG West Midlands Region

Willmott Dixon inspires next generation in Warwick

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.

Thu 04 Jan 2018, 16:34 | Tags: feature-04, Schools, Campus development, School of Engineering

Christmas lectures go off with a bang!

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.

Wed 06 Dec 2017, 11:25 | Tags: Community Warwick Arts Centre feature-01 Schools Family

Exhibition challenges stereotype of Down Syndrome

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.

Mon 04 Dec 2017, 16:48 | Tags: Family

University of Warwick launches the freeflow Festival

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.

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