The first ever Universities Week will take place this year from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 June 2010. The week will see over 100 universities and linked organisations highlighting the essential role that universities play in sustaining our society, culture and economy.
For the first time Universities Week has brought all of the country’s higher education achievements under one single banner, to show what else our universities have to offer on a local and national level.
The campaign will also be highlighting some of the 'Big ideas' coming out of our universities, and they'll be offering you the chance to take part in debates and blogs on a whole range of issues.
Richard Lambert, Chancellor University of Warwick and CBI Director-General supports the initiative:
Our universities are a valuable asset, for the economy and for society as a whole. They generate and distribute knowledge of all kinds, and they nurture talent for the workforce of tomorrow. They drive innovation and new ways of working to create future progress and prosperity. What’s clear in the current economic climate is that businesses and universities will be stronger by working together.
Over the course of the week the campaign will feature podcasts on their website and Facebook page from various universities across the UK highlighting some of their 'Big ideas' with each day having a theme:
Business and Economic Benefits
Celebrating 30 years of WMG at the University of Warwick
WMG celebrated its 30th anniversary recently. To mark the event, they put together this video celebrating their history and highlighting their contributions to business and the economy.
Premium Vehicle Customer Interface Technologies Centre of Excellence
PVCIT is a Centre of Excellence part funded by Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide support to industry based within the region. The centre is a unique research and development facility that provides companies direct access to the latest product evaluation technologies and processes along with the expertise to identify solutions appropriate to real world engineering problems. Along with project partners, the aim is to build a facility that will stimulate the local economy and help to sustain the technical capability of the region.
Teaching and Learning
The International Gateway for Gifted Youth
The International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) has been providing opportunities for advanced study to gifted children from all over the world since the first IGGY U event in 2008. This video contains testimonies from the IGGY students themselves on the quality of teaching and learning the programme offers.
Impact of University Research
Formula 3 racing car powered by chocolate and steered by carrots
In May 2009 the University announced that its research had led to the development of a formula 3 racing car built on environmentally friendly principles. Its steering wheel was made from carrot fibre and it ran on a diesel created from the fats in waste chocolate.
Personal Experiences from University
Interview with Warwick Alumna - Trish Adudu
An interview with Trish Adudu, a Warwick alumna who is a presenter at the BBC and a formats producer.
Arts, Culture and Sport
Global Arts Summer School - The student perspective
A student perspective on the 2009 Global Arts Summer School, hosted by the University of Warwick at our facility in Venice.
Universities in the Community
Memories of the Butterworth Hall - Lady Doris Butterworth
In this video, Lady Dorris Butterworth, wife of the late Lord Jack Butterworth, the first Vice-Chancellor of the University, talks about the Warwick Arts Centre. Watch to find out about the history of the Arts Centre, which has contributed a great deal in terms of art and culture to both the University and the surrounding region.