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University of Warwick
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The University of Warwick is a world-class campus university which, despite its name, is located mainly inside the southern boundary of Coventry, England, some 11 km (c. 7 miles) from the town of Warwick, the remainder of the campus (the Cryfield site) being situated across Gibbet Hill Road on land donated by Warwickshire.
Despite being one of the UK's younger universities (founded in 1965), Warwick University has quickly established itself as a global heavyweight in higher education. Tony Blair characterised the university as "the university of the future" and US President Bill Clinton chose Warwick to deliver his last public speech. Departments with a particularly strong reputation include Mathematics, History, Philosophy, Warwick-Horticulture Research International, Computer Science, Economics and Business. It is also home to the Modern Records Centre, Britain's largest repository of the archives of trade unions and industrial relations .
A recent addition is the Leicester-Warwick Medical School , one of the first graduate medical schools opened in an attempt to respond to the chronic lack of doctors in the UK.
The University was ranked 5th among the UK's 100 universities for quality of research in the UK Funding Councils' 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Over 91% of the University's academic staff are located in departments with top research ratings of 5 or 5*.
22 of the 24 University academic departments which have been assessed under the Subject Review process conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education have been rated 'excellent' (scored 21 or more points out of 24) for the quality of their teaching. Seven departments have achieved the maximum score of 24 out of 24.
Famous members of staff at Warwick have included:
- Germaine Greer, the feminist author
- Ian Stewart, the popular science author
- Mike Cowlishaw, creator of the REXX programming language.
- Andrew Davies, the television screenwriter
- Stephen Houlgate , Bill Brewer and Keith Ansell-Pearson , philosophers
- Andrew Oswald , economist
- Nick Land , cybernetics theorist
Prominent people to have attended the University of Warwick include:
- Jennie Bond (French and European Literature, ?–1968) - former BBC Royal Correspondent
- Jonathan Coe - novelist
- David Davis (Molecular Science/Computer Science, 1968–1971) - Conservative Shadow Home Secretary
- Kim Howells - Minister for Higher Education at the Department for Education and Skills
- Timmy Mallett (History) - 1980s children's television presenter
- Baroness Amos (Sociology, ?1973?–1976) - Britain's first female black Cabinet Minister, currently Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council
- Yakubu Gowon (PhD in Political Science) - Nigerian leader
- Estelle Morris - former Labour Secretary of State for Education and currently a junior minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- Hannah Waterman - actor
- Alex Jennings - actor who has performed in many lead roles at the RSC
- Sting (did not graduate) - lead singer of The Police and solo artist
- Paul W. S. Anderson - film director
- Frank Skinner - comedian
- Simon Mayo - radio DJ
- Brian Deer - journalist
- David Wood - philosopher at Vanderbilt University
- Andrew Benjamin - philosopher at Monash University
- Merfyn Jones, member of the Board of Governors of the BBC.
- Lord Radcliffe (1965–1977)
- Lord Scarman (1977–1989)
- Sir Shridath Ramphal (1989–2002)
- Sir Nicholas Scheele (2003–present)
- Lord Butterworth (1965–1985)
- Dr C.L. Brundin (1985–1992)
- Professor Sir Brian K. Follet (1993–2001)
- Professor David VandeLinde (2001–2006)
The University of Warwick Students' Union is the largest and one of the more active Students' Unions in the UK, currently having 233 societies and 74 sports clubs. It has an annual turnover of approximately £5 million, which is used to improve its services and employ its Sabbatical Officers. The Union building features four club venues and seven bars, with many 'full union' nights giving free run of the entire building.
University Arts Centre
The centre comprises:
- The Butterworth Hall, a 1500-seat capacity concert hall
- A 550-seat theatre
- A 180-seat theatre studio
- A 220-seat cinema
- The Mead Gallery, an art gallery
Warwick was a pioneer among UK Universities in opening its halls and lecture facilities to outside organisations, for profit, during the summer holidays. Warwick Conferences is now a thriving internal business unit, with its profits contributing to the University's financial independence, with a dedicated, year-round conference centre, Scarman House , built on campus.
In 2002, the total number of students was 17,904. This figure comprised:
- undergraduates: 10,077
- postgraduates: 6,272
- overseas undergraduate and postgraduate students: 2,948
- other programmes: 1,555
- overseas students on other programmes: 1,484
Total number of staff: 4,354, including:
- academic: 824
- other research: 728
Size of campus:
- 2.9 km² (720 acres)
The University's coat of arms includes atoms of two isotopes of lithium, a DNA helix to represent science and also the Bear of Warwickshire (N.B. the bear is not chained in the University's current coat of arms - although it was in earlier versions) and the Elephant of Coventry. The current crest can be seen at: University of Warwick crest page
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