Coventry University

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Coventry University
Former names
Coventry Polytechnic (1987–1992)
Lanchester Polytechnic (1970–1987)
TypePublic
Established1992 – Coventry University (gained university status)
1970 – Lanchester Polytechnic
Endowment£56.8 million[1]
Budget£347.8 million (2016-17)[2]
ChancellorMargaret Casely-Hayford
Vice-ChancellorJohn Latham[3]
Academic staff
1,890[4]
Students31,690 (2016/17)[5]
Undergraduates25,705 (2016/17)[5]
Postgraduates5,985 (2016/17)[5]
Location,
England
CampusUrban
Colours     Blue[6]
AffiliationsAssociation of Commonwealth Universities
University Alliance
Universities UK
Websitewww.coventry.ac.uk

Coventry University is a university in Coventry, England. It was known as Lanchester Polytechnic until 1987. From 1987 it was known as Coventry Polytechnic. It became a university in 1992.

History[change | change source]

Coventry Municipal Art School Prospectus for the academic year 1927-1928

Coventry School of Design was created in in 1843. It was renamed Coventry School of Art. Then it was renamed Coventry Municipal Art School in 1902. another name change took place in the 1950s. It became known as Coventry College of Art.[7]

Lanchester College of Technology opened in 1961. It was named after the engineer Frederick Lanchester.[7]

In 1970, three organisations were merged. These were Lanchester College of Technology, Coventry College of Art, and Rugby College of Engineering Technology. The new organisation was called Lanchester Polytechnic.[8]

In 2010, the university opened a campus in London. This was done to attract more international students.[9]

In July 2017, the university announced Margaret Casely-Hayford as its new chancellor. She replaced Sir John Egan.[10][11]

Organisation[change | change source]

Management[change | change source]

The "Chancellor" is the formal head of the university. This is a mostly ceremonial role. The current chancellor is Margaret Casely-Hayford. The Chancellor is appointed by the university's Board of Governors. The Chancellor is supported by six Pro-Chancellors.[11] The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors are appointed for a five year period. The Chancellor can serve for several of those periods. Pro-Chancellors are limited to two periods.[11] The day-to-day management of the university is by the Vice-Chancellor. There are also four Deputy Vice-Chancellors and three Pro Vice-Chancellors.[12] The is Vice-Chancellor John Latham. He has been Vice-Chancellor since March 2014.[3]

Faculties and schools[change | change source]

Coventry is divided into four faculties. Each faculty is divided into different schools:[13]

Notable people[change | change source]

Principals (Polytechnic)[change | change source]

The head of the polytechnic was titled "Principal", and later "Director":[14]

  • Alan Richmond (1970-1972)
  • Keith Legg (1972-1975)
  • Geoffrey Holroyde (later Director; 1975-1987)
  • Michael Goldstein (Director; 1987-1992)

Vice-Chancellors[change | change source]

Alumni[change | change source]

Notable students of Coventry University (and its previous incarnations Lanchester Polytechnic and Coventry Polytechnic) include:

References[change | change source]

  1. "Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 July 2015" (PDF). Coventry University. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. "Statement of accounts for the year ended 31 July 2017" (PDF). University of Warwick. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Vice-chancellor and CEO appointed at Coventry University". Coventry University. 18 March 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  4. "All staff by HE institution, activity and mode of employment 2012/13". Higher Education Statistics Agency. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet) on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "2016/17 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (CSV). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. "Brand Guidelines" (PDF). Coventry University. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Stephens, W.B., ed. (1969). "The City of Coventry: Public education". A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 8: The City of Coventry and Borough of Warwick. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  8. "History". Coventry University. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  9. Vasagar, Jeevan (1 February 2011). "Universities set up London bases to attract foreign students". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  10. Correspondent, Nicola Woolcock, Education. "New Coventry chancellor urges universities to end town v gown hostility". Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Margaret Casely-Hayford". Margaret Casely-Hayford. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  12. "Vice Chancellors Staff Organisational Chart" (PDF). Coventry University. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  13. "Faculties and schools". Coventry University. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  14. The Phoenix Rises - a portrait of Coventry University in its city. 2009.
  15. Marsh, Peter (2 August 2009). "Quiet Catalyst for Change". Financial Times. London. Retrieved 20 July 2013. (subscription needed)
  16. "Leading edge: Nick Buckles". The Sunday Times. London. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. (subscription needed)
  17. Gray, Will (3 July 2013). "Q&A - John Iley, Performance Director at Caterham F1". Yahoo! Eurosport UK & Ireland. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  18. "A life in the day: David Yelland". The Sunday Times. London. 8 April 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2010. (subscription needed)
  19. "Vote2001: Candidates: David Borrow". BBC News. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  20. Laws, Roz (8 November 2009). "Why Andrea McLean missed most of her 40th birthday party". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  21. "Music students perform for Kylie Minogue". The Telegraph. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  22. "John Kettley". BBC News. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

Other websites[change | change source]