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Coventry City of Culture 2021

We were a principal partner of Coventry City of Culture 2021 along with Coventry University and Coventry City Council. We were proud to support our local city and be part of the celebrations.

We led the Core Monitoring and Evaluation Team, alongside Coventry University, in the evaluation of the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. The evaluation programme has evolved in the context of a broader UK policy and organisational environment that has seen a step-change in expectations around evaluation, impact reporting and learning.

Our Resonate Festival launched in May 2021 was a 12-month programme of inspiring and interactive events (many free) for people of all ages across Coventry and Warwickshire to spark ideas, curiosity and creativity. Resonate culminated in a grand finale – a three-day live festival on campus in April 2022. The Resonate Festival was such a huge success that we will be holding the festival again next year and welcoming our friends and neighbours back for another big celebration. Take a closer look at four of the Resonate projects that illustrate some of the valuable partnerships we have formed with the local community.

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Culture Change Coventry


Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick Arts Centre is one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK, delivering a high quality, engaging, and diverse programme of performing and visual arts, concerts, films, festivals, education and learning activities, and special events - all presented in world-class venues and spaces.

The arts centre opened in 1974 and is at the heart of our campus in Coventry. Since then, it has been a distinctive and special place, an important resource for both the arts and audiences in the region, as well as a significant force in national and international arts networks.

It has recently been significantly expanded and upgraded, the biggest transformation in the arts centre's history, and now has a spacious new foyer, three state-of-the-art cinema screens, and a remodelled contemporary art space, the Mead Gallery.

In 2019-20, 10,554 school-age children participated in Warwick Arts Centre creative learning activities.​

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Our Sports and Wellness Hub

Our world-class sports facility opened in 2019 with a mission to inspire and motivate our students, staff and the wider community to engage in an active lifestyle that supports physical and mental wellbeing. The hub houses a modern 230 station gym, a 25m 12-lane swimming pool, over 100 fitness classes and a climbing wall and is accessible to all.

We want to build the most active campus community in the UK, keeping our communities active.

“The gym has made a huge difference to my physical strength, and it’s even noticeable when I’m doing jobs at home or in the garden.” Read Tom's exercise story

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International Children's Games 2022

We co-hosted the International Children's Games in Coventry from 11 -16 August 2022 in partnership with Coventry City Council, Coventry University and CV Life. We hosted competitors at our multi award-winning campus hospitality venues, Warwick Conferences, and also supported the climbing, table tennis, athletics and football events at our world-class sport facilities. The city welcomed more than 1,000 young athletes to Coventry from more than 70 worldwide cities to complete in seven sports.

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Climbing wall


Our Esports Centre

With Warwickshire’s Silicon Spa internationally recognised as a games cluster generating some of the best-known games titles and brands, our Esports Centre, located at the heart of the Warwick campus, is working closely with regional and national partners including CWLEP, Create Central, and the West Midlands Combined Authority to lead on esports. The Esports Centre is open to everyone.

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WAC and HAF programme 2022




UK Corporate Games 2023

We will be hosting the UK Corporate Games in 2023 from 3-6 August, with our world class sports facilities and award-winning hospitality venues.

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Sports and Wellness Hub


City of Culture Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

We developed the City of Culture Performance Monitoring and Evaluation strategy in partnership with Coventry University, the Coventry City Council and the Coventry City of Culture Trust. At its heart is a Theory of Change for evaluating the cultural, social, economic and health and wellbeing and other impacts of the City of Culture 2021 programme and activities on the City and its peoples. View the latest report (January 2022).

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City of Culture local case studies


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.

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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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Cultural mega events

Cultural mega events must bring about societal change – and to do this the sector itself must become equitable and open to new collaboration. These were the conclusions of a report summarising the discussions, ideas and findings of leading figures from the UK’s arts and culture sectors and Coventry City of Culture 2021. We published the report, entitled The Road Ahead: Creating Irreversible Equitable Change as a result of the AHRC Coventry Cultural Policy and Evaluation Summit which took place in June 2021.

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The role of research in UK Cities of Culture

We published a report entitled ‘UK Cities of Culture: towards a research informed approach’ detailing how and why arts and humanities research can add value to the UK City of Culture programme and inform future campaigns. Commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Review, demonstrates the distinctive role that arts, humanities and social science researchers, in collaboration with other disciplines, can play in place shaping and in the success of the UK City of Culture programme. 

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The Future Trends series, published as part of the Warwick UK Cities of Culture Project and commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council , discusses ways of thinking about the value of culture: the importance of research in understanding the place of culture in everyday lives, its impact on local people, society, economy and wellbeing and prosperity at large; and how this research-informed approach connects with the needs of policy making. Each title in the series presents an expert analysis of current and future trends concerning key concepts or ideas, supported by case study evidence from Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

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Coventry City of Culture


Arts & Homelessness in Coventry - New Report

Since 2012, Arts and Homelessness International (AHI) have advocated for the role that arts and creativity can play in helping to build resilience, agency, well-being, skills and social connections for those who are or have been homeless. This research report by the University examines initiatives pioneered by AHI, supported by Coventry City of Culture 2021, to re-think and re-position how arts and creativity can change perceptions, policy and outcomes for those who are or have been homeless in Coventry. It examines two initiatives specifically:

  • A Legislative Theatre project to refresh Coventry City Council’s homelessness policy and rough sleeper strategy via co-production methodologies.
  • HOME: arts and homelessness festival that ran from the 9th - 16th October 2021 to coincide with World Homelessness Day on 10th October.

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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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Arts and homelessness in Coventry


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.

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Memberships for the local community

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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.

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University Art Collection and Mead Gallery

Visiting us on campus is a chance to discover the University of Warwick’s unique collection of modern and contemporary visual art and sculpture.

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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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