Coventry University has a long tradition as a provider of education. Our roots go as far back as Coventry College of Design in 1843. It was in 1970 that Coventry College of Art amalgamated with Lanchester College of Technology and Rugby College of Engineering Technology. The resulting institution was called Lanchester Polytechnic: ‘Lanchester’ after the Midlands automotive industry pioneer, Dr Frederick Lanchester, and ‘Polytechnic’ meaning ‘skilled in many sciences and arts’. In 1987 the name changed to Coventry Polytechnic and in 1992, Coventry University was set up under UK Government legislation, as laid out in the University’s Instrument and Articles of Government.
We are a public, forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high-quality education and have a focus on applied research, employing over 1,800 academic staff. We are proud to collaborate with some of the biggest companies in the UK and around the world. These collaborations have led to the creation of innovative products, new services and research with impact. Through our links with leading-edge businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors, our students are able to access projects and placement opportunities that enhance their employability on graduation. We work to a win-win, mutually-beneficial model, focused on maximising revenue generation, risk management, productivity/cost-effectiveness and brand enhancement by transferring innovative ideas, research results and skills unique to the university with business and the wider community to enable innovative new products, services and processes to be developed.
Coventry was the home of many world-famous brands, especially Jaguar, Land Rover and Triumph. The city boasted the nation’s best engineers, designers and brands. It was the centrepiece of the British car industry, taking the skills it already had and applying them to car manufacturing, and becoming affectionately known as the ‘British Detroit’. Despite a traumatic modern history of industrial decline and factory closures, renewed interest and investment from automobile companies, e.g. Jaguar Land Rover, Unipart Manufacturing, in collaboration with Coventry University, helps the city of Coventry and its automobile industry rise again.