Coventry University

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  • Country : United Kingdom
  • City : Coventry
  • Acronym : CU
  • Founded : 1992
  • Students (approx.) : 28000
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We are a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research.

Our students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines including health, design and engineering laboratories, performing arts studios and computing centres. We have been chosen to host three national Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which has enabled us to invest substantial sums of money in health, design and mathematics.

Our city-centre campus is continually developing and evolving, and we have plans for further investment in it over the next few years. We are a major presence in Coventry, which contributes to the city’s friendly and vibrant atmosphere and also enables us to foster successful business partnerships.

Through our links with leading edge businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors, our students are able to access project and placement opportunities that enhance their employability on graduation.

The Sunday Times university league table has ranked Coventry University Modern University of the Year. The guide ranks institutions using the following eight criteria: the benchmark figure is shown in brackets.

  1. Student satisfaction (+50 to -55 points) – the results of national student surveys are scored taking a theoretical minimum and maximum score of 50% and 90% respectively (data source: the National Student Survey);
  2. Teaching excellence (250) – defined as subjects scoring at least 22/24 points, those ranked excellent, or those undertaken more recently in which there is confidence in academic standards and in which teaching and learning, student progression and learning resources have all been ranked commendable (data source: Quality Assurance Agency; Scottish Higher Education Funding Council; Higher Education Funding Council for Wales);
  3. Heads’/peer assessments (100) – school heads are asked to identify the highest quality undergraduate provision (data source: The Sunday Times heads’ survey and peer assessment);
  4. Research quality (200) – based upon the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (data source: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE));
  5. A-level/Higher points (250) – nationally audited data for the subsequent academic year are used for league table calculations (data source: HESA);
  6. Unemployment (100) – the number of students assume to be unemployed six months after graduation is calculated as a percentage of the total number of known destinations (data source: HESA, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education);
  7. Firsts/2:1s awarded (100) – the percentage of students who graduate with firsts or 2:1 degrees; unclassified degrees are excluded (data source: HESA); and
  8. Dropout rate (+57 to -74 points) – the number of students who drop out before completing their courses is compared with the number expected to do so (the benchmark figure shown in brackets) (data source: HEFCE, Performance Indicators in Higher Education).

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


Read about our courses in Art, Design, English, Media, Performing Arts and Humanities.


Information on our Mathematics, Engineering, Geography, Computing and Automotive courses.


Courses including Health Studies, Biomolecular and Sport Science, Psychology and Social Care.


Learn about our courses in Business, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Management.


Find out more about studying our specialist law courses.


The origins of Coventry University can be traced back to the 19th century with the founding of the Coventry College of Design in 1843. Later renamed the Coventry School of Art, it was again renamed in the early 20th century to the Municipal Art School as part of theEducation Act 1902. One final name change took place in the 1950s, when it became known as the College of Art.

In the late 1950s, to address the need for a high level of technical training in Coventry which the existing Coventry Technical College (now City College Coventry) could not meet, the construction of a new institution began. Opened in 1961, it was called the Lanchester College of Technology, named after Frederick Lanchester.

In 1970, the Lanchester College of Technology and the College of Art, along with the Rugby College of Engineering Technology in the neighbouring town of Rugby, amalgamated to form Lanchester Polytechnic. The institution was designated as such in February 1971 by then Education Secretary Margaret Thatcher. The name Lanchester gave the institution a certain degree of obscurity (it was often confused with both Lancaster and Manchester), notably when none of the contestants on the BBC Radio 4 general knowledge show Brain of Britain could give its correct location. The polytechnic cancelled its graduation ceremony in 1974 following the Birmingham pub bombings in fear that public gatherings could be targeted; the ceremony was eventually held in 2009, 35 years later. Lanchester Polytechnic was later renamed “Coventry Polytechnic” in 1987, and when theFurther and Higher Education Act 1992 afforded Coventry Polytechnic university status that year, the name was changed to Coventry University.

In 2010, a campus in London was established to further attract international students to the university. In 2012 “Coventry University College” was set up within the main university campus, offering qualifications up to degree-level at a lower cost compared to typical university fees.

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