The University of Warwick and Surrounding Area
Warwick Business School (WBS) is home to not only a number of internationally renowned scholars in the field of critical management studies, but also hosts a number of influential research units such as the Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU), the Innovation, Knowledge and Organisation Networks Research Unit (IKON), and the Warwick Organisation Theory Network (WotNet). The business school holds a 5* rating for international and national excellence in research from the Research Assessment Exercise.
The University of Warwick is itself a vibrant intellectual and cultural hub with a campus set in nearly 300 hectares of natural countryside with lakes, woods and beautifully tended gardens. Consistently located with in the top ten of UK Universities and ranked 5th among the UK's 100 universities for the quality of research, Warwick attracts students and faculty from around the globe. As well as striving to be leading global centre of learning and research, it is an institution that is, however, also conscious of its environmental obligations and has instigated its Carbon Management Implementation Plan, which includes the initiation of energy conservation projects, the installation of campus-wide recycling facilities and promotion of green travel alternatives for students and staff.
In order to provide for the cultural needs of not only its students and staff but also the wider community, the University's Arts Centre is the largest performance and visual arts complex of its kind in the UK outside London. It attracts around 280,000 visitors a year to its six outstanding venues which include a 1500 seat concert hall, 2 theatres, a cinema and an art gallery at which one can experience over 2,000 individual events embracing music, drama, dance, comedy, literature, films and visual art.
The University is close to beautiful countryside and a number of sites renowned for their historical and architectural beauty including the cathedral city of Coventry (5 km), Shakespeare's birthplace and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the beautiful market town of Stratford upon Avon (24 km), and the scenic natural delights of the Cotswold (51 km) - quintessential English country side. The centre of Birmingham, the UK's second city, is also within easy of reach of the campus being only 37 km distance, while the centre of London can be reached by train in less than sixty minutes.