University Profile: University of Warwick
League Table Ranking 2016: 7
Number of Students: 25,000, of which 60% are undergraduate and 40% postgraduate
Location: The Midlands, 3 miles from the centre of Coventry and 20 minutes from Birmingham International Airport
Whilst the idea for a university in Coventry was mooted shortly after the Second World War, it would be twenty years before the University of Warwick was officially incorporated by Royal Charter. Today, Warwick boasts 29 academic departments and over 50 institutes and centres for research, with over 87% of its research being recognised as world class. In addition, the University is one of the leaders of the Alan Turing Institute, which further bolsters its credentials in the area of research activities. With the help of Warwick Business School and Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the University has a very close association with local businesses, schools, FE colleges and businesses, and has aided in bringing fresh social and economic investments into the Coventry region, where the main campus is located.
Warwick’s global reputation attracts some of the brightest undergraduate and postgraduate students and teaching staff from around the world. Departments and research centres are grouped into four faculties: Arts, Science, Social Sciences and Warwick Medical School. Ten subjects at Warwick are deemed to be in the world’s top 50 – including English Language and Literature (22), History (22), Business & Management Studies (25) and Economics (26) – with a further ten in the world’s top 100. A high staff-student ratio coupled with small group teaching ensures close attention is paid to individual students’ needs, and the additional presence of visiting professionals aids students with their career choices upon graduation. Indeed, University of Warwick graduates are the third most often targeted by the UK’s top graduate employers (according to research conducted by High Fliers Research in 2015), with 92% of graduates available for work in employment or pursuing further study.
Most students in the first year of their course apply for on-campus accommodation. There are around 64,000 rooms on the University campus, all within 20 minutes walk of the lecture halls and fantastic facilities. Campus accommodation consists of self-catering halls of residence and flats, all with full Wi-Fi connectivity. For students in their second and third years who live off campus, there are plenty of options available in nearby areas, with most students choosing to share a house or flat in nearby Coventry, Leamington Spa or Kenilworth. Warwick Accommodation, in association with the Students Union, offers advice for residential options in the private sector.
As well as providing a home-away-from-home and ground-breaking research facilities, the 290 hectare campus is a lively and cosmopolitan community with plentiful facilities on site, including banks, restaurants, cafés, bars, a nightclub, supermarket, hairdresser, chaplaincy, and even a post office. There are nearly 70 sports clubs and over 230 student societies, and, outside of London, the largest on-campus Arts Centre comprising two theatres, a concert hall, cinema and art gallery. The University of Warwick is also part of library network known as Nereus, a network making digital content more accessible, usable and exploitable, and has recently established The Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning for the promotion of novelty and innovation in the areas of learning and teaching.
The University of Warwick has one of the largest Students’ Unions in the country, responsible for a packed programme of events throughout the student year, from regular club nights and film screenings to the showstopping Summer Party. The SU also plays an important role in supporting students throughout their time at Warwick, running its own advice centre and having strong links with the central University student support services. This includes ample careers guidance, with all students offered relevant training to enhance their professional and employability skills by the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award.
My Personal Statement Verdict: 4/5
Content was accurate at the time of compilation.