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About Warwick

Let's Not Be StupidIn the short period since it was founded in 1965 Warwick has attained the position of one of Britain’s leading universities. Warwick was the first research-led university to give priority to widening participation and lifelong learning.

The University cultivates close and productive links with its local and regional community and will continue to expand its work at an international level in both teaching and research. We have a strong tradition of working in collaboration with business and industry and playing an active role in economic regeneration. We recognise that our future success and direction will be dependent in part upon how we embrace and respond to new information and communication technologies.

Modern Records Centre, a typical campus buildingThe establishment of the University of Warwick was given approval by the government in 1961 and the University received its Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1965. It is situated on a large 700-acre campus which straddles the boundary between the City of Coventry and the County of Warwickshire. The idea for a university in Coventry was mooted shortly after the conclusion of the Second World War but it was a bold and imaginative partnership of the City and the County which brought the University into being.

The University initially admitted a small intake of graduate students in 1964 and took its first 450 undergraduates in October 1965. In the 2003-04 academic year, the full-time student population was over 15,000 of which over 40% were postgraduates. 18% of the student body comes from overseas and some 140 countries are represented on the campus. We have 31 academic departments and over 30 research centres and institutes, in four Faculties: Arts, Medicine, Social Studies and Science.

The University of Warwick has much to offer to staff, students and visitors alike. We are justifiably proud of our attractive campus and facilities and award-winning hospitality and conference businesses. Warwick Commercial Enterprises, the administrative department that provides student accommodation, catering and conference facilities, is the largest such service in any UK university. Warwick boasts 5,500 student rooms on campus (over 2,000 en-suite), five restaurants, seven cafes and four bars. Surpluses generated by commercial activities are reinvested directly into university infrastructure and academic operations.

Over 150,000 guests come to Warwick as conference delegates every year


Warwick Arts Centre is the largest arts centre in the Midlands, attracting 250,000 visitors a year to over 1600 individual events

At the heart of the academic environment, the Conference Park provides an impressive and visually stimulating space for learning and meeting colleagues. It boasts a concert hall, two theatres, a cinema, gallery, bookshop, gift shop, conference rooms, hospitality suites, restaurants and bars. Extra facilities available to conference guests include the Rootes Social Building, the Students’ Union (one of the largest in the country) and the newly extended Sports Centre. In fact as a conference venue we boast the largest concentration of meeting space in the UK.