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National lockdown: a message from the Vice-Chancellor

An update from the Vice-Chancellor about Warwick's priorities during this new lockdown.

Thu 07 Jan 2021, 13:00 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Explore our campus gallery of photos shared by our neighbours

Take a look at some photography by some of our friends who live near the University campus.

Sun 24 Jan 2021, 12:10 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed

New study has pinpointed the three days pregnancy sickness is most likely to start

Researchers from the University of Warwick have narrowed the time frame that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy will potentially start to just three days for most women, opening up the possibility for scientists to identify a biological cause for the condition.

Tue 19 Jan 2021, 14:38 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

The Midlands is delivering nearly £100m of COVID research

A new report reveals that the Midlands has moved swiftly to apply its wealth of capability in its hospitals, businesses and universities, including the University of Warwick, to deliver £90m of research to support regional, national and global efforts to tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic

Fri 15 Jan 2021, 14:21 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Anti-microbial poles for public transport to be made in light of Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the perceived risk of picking up germs from areas such as the grab-poles on trains, buses and trams, a team including researchers from WMG at the University of Warwick have come up with a solution. Find out more.

Thu 14 Jan 2021, 14:08 | Tags: Community Region

University of Warwick signs partnership to strengthen plans for Chester Medical School

The University of Warwick and University of Chester have taken a significant step forward in developing their vision for a medical school to serve Cheshire, Wirral and Shropshire.

Thu 07 Jan 2021, 10:47 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Prestigious honour for cell biologist at Warwick Medical School

Professor Stephen Royle of Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick is to be awarded the 2021 Hooke Medal for Cell Biology by the British Society for Cell Biology.

Thu 07 Jan 2021, 10:46 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

New clinical trial to test whether structured exercise benefits ‘long Covid’ patients

Researchers at the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust will be investigating whether a tailored online exercise and support programme would benefit those experiencing long-term symptoms of Covid-19 – what has been dubbed ‘long Covid’.

Thu 17 Dec 2020, 14:06 | Tags: Community

Warwick Arts Centre receives Government Kickstart grant

Warwick Arts Centre has been awarded a £1.9m grant allowing work on the completion of the renovation of the arts centre to continue despite the financial challenge caused by Covid-19.

Thu 17 Dec 2020, 13:14 | Tags: Community

New Faculty of Arts building: Topping out ceremony

We recently celebrated completion of the final storey of the new Faculty of Arts Building with a ‘topping out’ ceremony. Take a look at how the building is taking shape.

Thu 17 Dec 2020, 13:07 | Tags: Community

Warwick hails news of landmark Covid-19 vaccination in our region

The eyes of the world turned to Coventry and Warwickshire this month as the very first patient to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine (outside of a clinical trial) did so at our partner site, University Hospital Coventry.

Wed 16 Dec 2020, 15:31 | Tags: Region West Midlands Region

Creative future for 10 new businesses & 500 innovators at Leamington Spa’s 1 Mill Street

With thanks to the University of Warwick, BT and Warwickshire County Council, ten new businesses will be the first to benefit from a new Creative Futures Accelerator Programme in Leamington Spa’s Creative District that will help those businesses become part of the UK’s largest creative cluster outside Greater London.

Thu 10 Dec 2020, 14:07 | Tags: Community Region Leamington Spa

Faces of the frontline against COVID-19

It was while working on a COVID-19 ward in early 2020 that the idea of a photography project documenting the NHS workers labouring during the pandemic came to Warwick Medical School student Matthew Thompson.

Wed 09 Dec 2020, 15:06 | Tags: feature-01, hp-newsfeed

Warwick supporting Leamington Spa ‘Mega Lab’

Establishment of this National Facility is a major undertaking and the University has been approached by the UK Government’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to help support this initiative.

Thu 03 Dec 2020, 14:59 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Vaccines – light at the end of the lockdown tunnel

Professor Lawrence Young, Professor of Molecular Oncology, is internationally-recognised for his work in viral infection. Here, he shares his thoughts with us on the encouraging news about results from three Covid-19 vaccines.

Thu 03 Dec 2020, 10:11 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Early construction of prototype innovative light rail vehicle for the City of Coventry

The Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) is an innovative light rail system which will be battery powered, lightweight and rail-based. In March 2019 a 3D simulation of the vehicle was released, and even with Covid-19 lockdowns, the vehicle build is progressing on schedule at NP Aerospace in Coventry.

Wed 02 Dec 2020, 23:13 | Tags: Community Policy Region hp-newsfeed Coventry

HS2 Works Notification - Traffic Management on Cryfield Grange Road

There will be a road closure in place at all times on the Cryfield Grange Road from w/c 9th December until 18th December 2020.

Thu 26 Nov 2020, 13:14 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

University of Warwick team up with NatWest for global Entrepreneurship week

NatWest and the University of Warwick are growing their relationship to offer students and budding entrepreneurs support, coaching, and the chance to win £10,000 during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from 16 – 22 November 2020.

Wed 18 Nov 2020, 08:59 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

University of Warwick and testing mega lab in Leamington Spa

The University of Warwick is geographically very close to the proposed location of a testing mega lab in Leamington Spa that was announced today (16 November). The University has been asked if we can help with this initiative and we have offered our full support. We believe that we can provide significant assistance that will be crucial to getting the mega lab up and running quickly and effectively.

Fixing capital gains tax: CAGE research contributes to the Chancellor’s tax review

In July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak requested a review of capital gains tax. The recommendations of the review were published on 11 November, and draw significantly on research by Arun Advani, CAGE Impact Director and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick.

Fri 13 Nov 2020, 10:32 | Tags: Policy hp-newsfeed

The ‘Not the Christmas toy collection’ needs you

For 2020 the ‘Not the Christmas toy collection’ is going digital and asking for donations, due to the fact that this year the Participation Team are unable to accept the toys Fiona and the team would normally collect.

Tue 10 Nov 2020, 13:42

Statement from VC Stuart Croft following the Government Announcement

I am writing at the earliest opportunity to set out our University’s position following the government announcement of a National four-week lockdown commencing on Thursday 5 November (subject to Parliamentary approval).

Wed 04 Nov 2020, 15:00 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

BT and University of Warwick to accelerate 5G innovation for regional economic recovery

BT, University of Warwick and Warwickshire County Council today announced a collaboration to bring 5G innovation and co-development to the University campus and the wider region, stimulating regional economic growth and post Covid-19 recovery.

Tue 03 Nov 2020, 09:42 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Exciting first glimpse of Coventry City of Culture 2021 programme

Today the Coventry City of Culture Trust announced the first events that will form part of the 365-day programme of UK City of Culture 2021, which kicks off in May 2021.

Wed 21 Oct 2020, 15:10 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

Huge volume of donations given to the local community

For many years, at the end of the summer term, we would welcome our local community volunteers onto campus to help the RAWKUS Project collect food surplus and other items that were no longer needed from campus accommodation. This year, the challenges of Covid-19 meant we had to adapt our usual approach to ensure surplus items did not go to waste.

We rose to the challenge and had tremendous success after colleagues from numerous teams at the University stepped up. In total, we were able to donate around 100m³ of products – more than double the size of donations from previous years.

Mon 19 Oct 2020, 12:26 | Tags: Community hp-newsfeed

Coventry lockdown arts project goes live

A showcase of work by Coventry artists, funded by the city’s universities and produced during lockdown, will launch online on Monday 5 October.

Wed 07 Oct 2020, 15:42 | Tags: hp-newsfeed, Coventry

UK Vegetable Genebank celebrates 40 years

The UK Vegetable Genebank at our Wellesbourne campus is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Learn more about the scientific centre, which supplies seed to projects across the UK and worldwide.

Wed 07 Oct 2020, 15:39 | Tags: hp-newsfeed

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

Road closures near the University

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

Wed 26 Aug 2020, 13:00 | Tags: Community 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

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

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