The University of Warwick is a research university in Coventry, England. It was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand access to higher education. Warwick Business School was established in 1967 and Warwick Medical School was opened in 2000. Warwick merged with Coventry College of Education in 1979 and Horticulture Research International in 2004.
Warwick consistently ranks in the top ten of all major domestic rankings of British universities and is the only multi-faculty institution aside from Oxford and Cambridge to have never been ranked outside the top ten. It was ranked 7th in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality (GPA) of its research and 15th for its Research Power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Entrance is competitive, with around 7 applicants per place for undergraduate study. Warwick has been ranked as the world’s 20th best university based on employer reputation.
Warwick is a member of AACSB, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, EQUIS, the European University Association, the M5 Group, the Russell Group and Universities UK. It is the only European member of the Center for Urban Science and Progress, a collaboration with New York University. The university has extensive commercial activities, including the University of Warwick Science Park and Warwick Manufacturing Group.
The name “University of Warwick” was adopted, even though the County Town of Warwick itself lies some 8 miles (13 km) to its southwest and Coventry’s city centre is only 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northeast of the campus. The establishment of the University of Warwick was given approval by the government in 1961 and received its Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1965.
The Leicester Warwick Medical School, a new medical school based jointly at Warwick and Leicester University, opened in September 2000.
On the recommendation of Tony Blair, Bill Clinton chose Warwick as the venue for his last major foreign policy address as US President in December 2000. Sandy Berger, Clinton’s National Security Advisor, explaining the decision in his Press Briefing on 7 December 2000, said that: “Warwick is one of Britain’s newest and finest research universities, singled out by Prime Minister Blair as a model both of academic excellence and independence from the government.”
In April 2004 Warwick merged with the Wellesbourne and Kirton sites of Horticulture Research International. In July 2004 Warwick was the location for an important agreement between the Labour Party and the Trade Unions on Labour policy and trade union law, which has subsequently become known as the “Warwick Agreement”.
In March 2012 Warwick and Queen Mary, University of London announced the creation of a strategic partnership, including research collaboration, joint teaching of English, history and computer science undergraduates, and the creation of eight joint post-doctoral research fellowships.
In April 2012 it was announced that Warwick would be the only European university participating in the Center for Urban Science and Progress, an applied science research institute to be based in New York consisting of an international consortium of universities and technology companies led by New York University and NYU-Poly. In August 2012, Warwick and five other Midlands-based research-intensive universities— Aston University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham—formed the M5 Group, a regional bloc intended to maximise the member institutions’ research income and enable closer collaboration.
Warwick’s academic activities are organised into the following faculties and departments:
Faculty of Arts:
- Classics and Ancient History
- Comparative American Studies
- English and Comparative Literary Studies
- Film and Television Studies
- History of Art
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures, comprising:
- French Studies
- Hispanic Studies
- German Studies
- Italian Studies
- The Language Centre
- Theatre Studies
Faculty of Medicine:
- Warwick Medical School
- Education and Development Unit
Faculty of Science:
- Computer Science
- Life Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences:
- Applied Linguistics
- Health and Social Studies
- Politics and International Studies
- Warwick Business School
- Women and Gender
Entry requirements vary from course to course.
They welcome applications from candidates offering many different qualifications, including A level, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Higher, the Cambridge Pre-U, Access to HE Diploma and overseas qualifications.
Before the student decide to apply it`s needed to check the entry requirements for their course on their website.
They are renowned for their collaborative approach, which has led to productive relationships with the likes of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Monash University in Australia.
That attitude towards collaboration has led to impressive links with business and industry too. The students can see how this has benefited their course content in departments such as WMG (the Warwick Manufacturing Group) and Warwick Business School.
They also pride theirselves on their desire to work across academic boundaries. They understand that greater outcomes can be achieved by sharing knowledge, and this willingness to learn from other disciplines helps set their graduates apart.
Their latest score for teaching in the most recent National Student Survey (2015) saw them achieve 90%, equal to the likes of Oxford and higher than many of their competitors.
Their world-class reputation for research means that many of their academics are at the forefront of their subject knowledge.
Their commitment to excellent teaching has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy, which has awarded 11 prestigious National Teaching Fellowships to Warwick teachers since 2006.
Student Careers and Skills can be accessed any time during their study and for three years after they graduate.
They can help with job applications and mock interviews, provide skills development courses and offer them contact with employers through careers fairs and workshops.
They can also apply for Warwick’s paid Graduate Internship Scheme.