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Volunteers in the community

Warwick Volunteers uses the skills, energy and enthusiasm of our volunteer students to run a wide variety of projects which benefit the local community. Student volunteers look after local green spaces, reduce loneliness among older residents, run craft activities and support community events. In 2019/20 around a 1,000 students were involved in community-focused projects in Coventry, Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick.

"It is a highlight of my week and it is making such a difference to my life and world and I know it is to the whole of phab too. The Warwick Volunteers who come to Phab zoom are like a huge burst of life and energy that lifts us all up. I am so grateful to them and feel they are so much part of our Phab family, thank you” Nat Parr, Kenilworth Phab.

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Our support for the local community in Canley

Canley is one of our closest neighbourhood communities and home to many of our students and staff.

“I could see all the groups working in silos across Coventry. I was keen to leverage all their efforts and get everyone working together to make a bigger difference.” Read Nor's story

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Planning for Real in Canley

Planning for Real is a nationally-recognised community planning process where residents develop ideas on a locally-made 3D map of the area. It allows a wide range of people from Canley to register their views on a variety of issues, work together to identify priorities, and go on to develop an action plan for change with the support of local agencies. We have been training and supporting Canley residents to deliver this process every step of the way.

Find out more about Planning for Real

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Playing out in Canley

Playing Out in Canley is a collaborative programme of activity for all ages between the people of Canley and Warwick Arts Centre which aims to support the residents of Canley to realise a vision for a new community hub. ‘Play’ is our central theme.

The project runs until Summer 2022.

Find out more about Playing Out in Canley

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Canley Samba band

Warwick Law in the Community (LinC)

Our Warwick Law students volunteer on a range of community-based projects with the Central England Law Centre (CLEC) in Coventry and other local partners.

Over the last year, more than 90 students volunteered. This included 52 volunteers through the Strategic Public Law Clinic, 12 students volunteering through our arrangement with the Immigration and Asylum Team at the CELC and 19 students completing a range of community-based projects through our Public Legal Education Module.

Explore our community-based law projects

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Graduate placements with local charities

We offer our local SMEs and charities in the Coventry and Warwickshire area the opportunity to host a graduate trainee, who would work as a Project Officer putting their project management skills into practice. A skilled graduate trainee will work at your organisation for 3 days per week, for an 8-month period, before returning to Warwick to complete the rest of the scheme. The graduate trainees will continue to be employed by (and 100% paid by) the University of Warwick.

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Graduate placements

We offer a funded internship programme, offering UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises and charities 6 weeks project-based collaboration with a Warwick undergraduate student/finalist, supported by a VAT-free reimbursement grant of *£2300 (£2600 where the host organisation is located in Greater London).

"The partnership built with Warwick University has been established for over 4 years and throughout this time we have successfully provided 5 paid internships, engaging with students that have contributed a wide range of skills and competencies in an organisation that is a significant local business with a charitable purpose" Helena Wallis, Chief Executive of Heart of England Mencap 

Find out more about student placements with charities

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Coventry Responsible Business Leaders Network

We are members of the Business in the Community Coventry Responsible Business Leaders Network - a group of Coventry organisations committed to supporting the local community.

Discover Business in the Community Coventry

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Community engagement with our research

Warwick Institute of Engagement

Our Warwick Institute of Engagement supports our staff and students to engage with local people on their research and public engagement events.

In 2019/20, 122,000 people connected with our research through public lectures, exhibitions and other activities.​

Find out about "Warwick Engages"

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Space journey

City of Culture Research Projects

We are working with the local community to generate impactful research to benefit Coventry throughout the year of the City of Culture and beyond.

From exhibitions with local artists, to food resilience, to regenerating local green spaces, we're creating pioneering projects and bringing research to fresh audiences in new and exciting ways. Researchers have worked with lots of different local communities on projects that focus on making connections, unearthing hidden stories, and positively impacting people’s lives.

Read about our research projects

For more examples of how we are pointing the way ahead towards a better and fairer future for all, visit Research Stories | University of Warwick.

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Community research

Coventry Creates

A programme that unites researchers with local artists and cultural organisations to produce digital artistic commissions in response to university research. The programme has involved over 120 researchers and local creatives.

30 pieces of research, 30 creative responses – 2 years in the making. Coventry Creates launched in Spring 2020 as an innovative way to support the local arts and cultural sector during lockdown. Over 2 years The City of Culture University Partnership (with additional funds from Arts Council England) has funded 30 projects resulting in a wide range of innovative artworks presented through a Digital Exhibition. A full evaluation of the programme has been undertaken and knowledge-sharing case study report created to inspire others.

Read more about Coventry Creates

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Coventry Creates

Youth Mental Health policy

Research by Professor Max Birchwood and Professor Swaran Singh has improved quality of care, response and access to mental health services. In particular, their work has led to the creation of improved mental health services for 0-25 year olds.

The model for 0-25 year olds first introduced in Birmingham linking Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and adult services, has transformed mental health care for young people across the West Midlands and has now been copied in 10 cities across the UK, as well as in Canada, France, Ireland and Australia. Their research and work has informed the national NHS Long Term Plan of 2019.

Find out more

For more examples of how we are pointing the way ahead towards a better and fairer future for all, visit Research Stories | University of Warwick.

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Youth mental health

Campus walks

Our 290 hectare campus and surrounding area offers a lovely environment for a short stroll or a longer adventure. Find out more about two suggested routes: around our lakes or through the Warwickshire countryside.

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Warwick Arts Centre

One of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK, delivering a high quality, engaging, diverse programme of cinema, performing and visual arts, presented in world-class venues and spaces at the heart of campus.

What's on at Warwick Arts Centre

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Sports and Wellness Hub

Our 40,000m2 Sports and Wellness Hub opened in May 2019 and includes a multi-functional sports hall; the biggest gym in the higher education sector; a 25m-long swimming pool; 17m-high indoor climbing walls; fitness suites; and squash courts. It is designed to be physically accessible to all to encourage participation by all with Changing Places facilities and a Pool Pod lift.

Find out more about our Sports and Wellness Hub

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