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Regional and Community Engagement

Our impact stretches far beyond the boundaries of our campus, working in partnership with people and organisations across Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands.


Our regional impact study shows that in 2019/20 we generated over £1.15 billion economic impact for the regional economy and supported 9,530 full-time equivalent jobs across the West Midlands.

We're committed to supporting economic growth in our region: applying our research and innovation and developing skills and talent programmes with regional businesses. We lead the regional hub of the ESRC Productivity Institute, working with regional partners to understand approaches to improve regional economic performance and we have supported Coventry and Warwickshire in focussing the reset and recovery of our economy post-pandemic. We are developing an Innovation Campus at Wellesbourne and building our support for key regional growth clusters including Creative Industries, Deep Tech and Health and Wellbeing.


We're equipping people with the right skills to help our region thrive, through initiatives including our Degree Apprenticeships at our new Degree Apprenticeship Centre and our WMG Academies for Young Engineers in Coventry and Solihull.

We offer a range of Widening participation programmes, and in 2020-21 despite the challenges of COVID-19 we engaged with 210 local schools and reached 3,366 participants to encourage young people (especially from less advantaged communities) to consider higher education.

In 2019/20, 10,554 school-aged children participated in Warwick Arts Centre's creative activities and 122,000 people connected with our research through public lectures, exhibitions and other activities.


We work in partnership with our local authorities - we were a principal partner of Coventry City of Culture 2021 along with Coventry University, Coventry City Council and others. We were proud to support our home city and be part of the celebrations. Warwickshire County Council, WMCA and others. We were proud to support our home city and be part of the celebrations.

Warwick Arts Centre is one of the largest multi-artform venues outside London and we invested £27 million updating our spaces to welcome even more visitors each year to our theatre, dance, music, comedy and visual arts events.

We also invested £49 million into our new world-class Sport and Wellness Hub, and our facilities are also used extensively by local schools and clubs.

More than 1000 of our students supported local community projects through our volunteering network, Warwick Volunteers. Our student volunteers look after local green spaces, reduce loneliness among older residents, run craft activities, support local school children and community events across Coventry and Warwickshire.

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