Coventry University

History

  • Coventry University’s roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry School of Design, which subsequently became known as the Coventry College of Art in 1954.
  • 1970 was a landmark year – the college became Lanchester Polytechnic (named after renowned English engineer Frederick Lanchester) and then (in 1980) Coventry Polytechnic.
  • In June 1992 the Further and Higher Education Act enabled the institution to adopt the title of Coventry University, and bestowed on it the powers to award its own degrees.
  • Two major developments in as many years saw the University’s London Campus opened in the heart of the capital in 2010, followed in 2012 by Coventry University College.
  • Today Coventry University is one of the country’s leading 'modern universities', with over 26,000 students and a robust academic presence regionally, nationally and across the world.

Location and Transport

  • Coventry is one of the top 10 largest cities in the UK, and was ranked in 2014 as one of the world’s best student cities by global education specialist QS.
  • The University’s campus is nestled in the centre of the city, with iconic sites such as Coventry Cathedral, the Herbert Art Gallery and Coventry Transport Museum on its doorstep.
  • Coventry is in the heart of the West Midlands, with excellent rail links to London (one hour) and Birmingham (20 minutes) and motorway links via the nearby M6, M1 and M40.
  • One of the UK’s major airports, Birmingham International, is just a 10 minute train journey away from Coventry, making the city internationally well-connected.
  • The city is situated a stone’s throw from the leafy county of Warwickshire, with the historic towns of Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare), Warwick, Kenilworth and Royal Leamington Spa within easy reach.