University description (as per official university website)
Coventry University is a forward-looking, modern University with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus for multidisciplinary research. We are an established academic presence regionally, nationally and internationally, and take great care in providing a supportive environment for all our students.
Under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992, we changed our name from Coventry Polytechnic to Coventry University, but our roots can be traced as far back as 1843 to the Coventry College of Design. Much has changed since then, and we have made great strides in our development as an institution - particularly over the last ten years.
The University occupies a purpose-built 33-acre campus in the heart of Coventry City-centre. The campus buildings and environment are constantly being developed and enhanced. Recent activities have included:
upgrading the accommodation for Nursing and Midwifery students in the newly refurbished Richard Crossman Building,
the opening of a state-of-the-art Centre for Sport,
the opening (in December 2002) of Coventry University Advanced Digitising and Modelling Laboratory, which provides full-sized vehicle design and styling facilities and is the only resource of its kind in the world attached to a university.
A stunning feature of this University is our £20m Library, which adds considerably to our profile in the City. The Library is playing a key role in our commitment to modernising the whole learning experience, as well as providing access to a wealth of learning materials and information services throughout the sub-region and beyond. With our 'Online Learning' environment, we are well on the way to exploiting the electronic campus.
Our £5m Student Centre brings together a range of key student support services under one roof, so you'll always know where to go when you need to know more.
An exciting development for both the University and for the City has been the creation of the 20-acre Coventry University Technology Park. It is home to the TechnoCentre, a unique complex offering a focus for training, conferences and business opportunities; the Enterprise Centre, a £3m development providing dedicated accommodation for new small- and medium-sized enterprises; and the Coventry and Warwickshire New Technology Institute, which works with companies to address skills shortages in ICT and advanced technology.