Good University Guide 2023

Coventry University

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Coventry University

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Priory Street, Coventry , CV1 5FB,

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The university’s recent acquisition of the learning experience platform Aula reinforces Coventry's pioneering attitude to education technologies. Students began using Aula in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic and the university says the result has been a more engaged and social approach to teaching and learning. Aula also allows the flexibility to combine online and on-campus semesters within degrees. 

Such a resource is especially valuable to Coventry, which usually attracts more European students than any other British university, although it has been pipped to the top spot by University College London in the latest figures. 

International experiences are part of Coventry’s ethos, with overseas opportunities for UK students ranging from field trips to a semester or year abroad studying, working or both.  

An overhaul of undergraduate provision for the September 2023 cohort has increased teaching and learning hours in the first year of courses and enhanced hands-on experiences. A “common first year” is being introduced to enable students to mix and learn with those from other related courses. There will be an option to switch courses at the end of the first year. 

Success coaches have been introduced, working one-to-one and identifying where students might need extra support. Students continue to give their university the thumbs-up in the National Student Survey (NSS). In our analysis of the latest NSS results, Coventry ranks in the top 20 for student satisfaction with teaching quality (18=) and the wider undergraduate experience (16th), improving on top-25 rankings in 2021. 

The university was awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework for “consistently outstanding” student support services, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, which aid retention and progression. It has won plaudits in our guide as well, having scooped our Modern University of the Year award three times between 2014 and 2016, and University of the Year for Student Experience in 2018. Coventry was also shortlisted for our University of the Year 2021. 

At the city centre campus a £64 million redevelopment of facilities at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will give students access to a hyper-studio for cross-disciplinary projects and immersive studios with virtual and mixed-reality technologies. Scheduled to open fully in early 2023, it will also bring high-quality workshops for film, photography, printmaking, metal and ceramic fibre clay among other creative disciplines. 

It follows the opening in 2020 of the Beatrice Shilling Building for the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing and a revamp of the Lanchester library. The university’s Starley Gardens open-air urban space was unveiled in May 2021, its pedestrian areas and landscape gardens enabling events to take place year-round. A Bloomberg trading floor, hospitality suite and fashion studio are among facilities at the London campuses.

The curriculum is growing across the UK campuses: degrees in health and social care at Greenwich, sport performance and coaching at Scarborough and architectural engineering, philosophy and forensic science at Coventry are among 28 new options. Coventry offers 42 apprenticeships from levels 4 to 7, with about 2,000 learners on level 6 (degree) and 7 (postgraduate) programmes. Options cover roles in business and administration, care services, construction, digital, education and childcare, engineering and manufacturing, environmental, health and science, legal, finance and accounting, and protective services. 

There was evidence that Coventry’s investment in research had paid off in the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), in which 70 per cent of its submission was classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, the top two categories. The best results were in architecture; education; linguistics; and communication and media studies. The university rises 35 places from 108= to 73rd in our research quality index on the back of considerable improvement since the previous national assessment in 2014, when 61 per cent of its submission reached the top two categories. Coventry has expanded its research centres, increased research and doctoral staff and developed purpose-built facilities. 

Coventry ranks 74= for graduate prospects, based on the proportion of graduates in highly skilled work or further study within 15 months.

More than 60 per cent of Coventry’s students are from ethnic minorities, a top-20 ranking, while the university is steady in 56th place on our measures of social inclusion overall.

The university’s indoor Sport and Recreation Centre in Coventry city centre features a dance studio, two sports halls and a fitness suite among its resources. Students can access the Westwood Heath outdoor facilities, five miles away by public transport. 

Applicants who make Coventry their firm choice and request accommodation by mid-July are guaranteed a room in halls of residence. 

All students can take part in a training course called I Heart Consent, delivered in sexual health and guidance week. Support for mental wellbeing is extensive, ranging from one-to-one appointments with counsellors to a harassment reporting team.

Student-oriented nightlife creates a lively atmosphere in Coventry, while the £14 million Scarborough seaside campus is close to beaches and the North Yorkshire Moors. 

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Category Score Rank
Ranking - 55 (51)
Teaching quality 78.6 18th=
Student experience 76.7 16th
Research quality 33.8 73rd
Ucas entry points 115 101st=
Graduate prospects 71 74th=
Firsts and 2:1s 76.8 73rd
Completion rate 80.1 99th=
Student-staff ratio 13.8 15th=
World ranking - 651= (601=)

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Applications/places 27,535/5,575
Applications/places ratio 4.9:1
Overall offer rate 91.3%


Places in accommodation 2,579
Accommodation costs £99 - £185
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UK/EU fees £6,800 (Foundation) - £9,250
Fees (placement year) £0
Fees (overseas year) £0
Fees (international) £9,650 - £18,050
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Graduate salaries £24,000


Sport points/rank 441.3, 64th
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Social inclusion and student mix

Social Inclusion Ranking 56=
State schools (non-grammar) admissions 94.4%
Grammar school admissions 3.2%
Independent school admissions 2.4%
Ethnic minority students (all) 62.3%
Black achievement gap -18.4%
White working class males 4%
First generation students 46.8%
Low participation areas 13.1%
Working class dropout gap -0.8%
Mature 22.1%
EU students 11.1%
Other overseas students 20.1%

Student satisfaction with teaching quality

History 95.5%
Education 92.5%
Drama, dance and cinematics 91.3%
Geography and environmental science 90.8%
Archaeology and forensic science 89.7%
Physics and astronomy 87.5%
Hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism 86.9%
Sports science 85.9%
English 85.1%
Music 84.8%
Anatomy and physiology 84.5%
Politics 83.4%
General engineering 82.8%
Social work 81.5%
Food science 81.4%
Criminology 81.1%
Sociology 81.1%
Business, management and marketing 81%
Accounting and finance 79.4%
Art and design 79.4%
Communication and media studies 79%
Architecture 78.9%
Aeronautical and manufacturing engineering 77.9%
Nursing 76.6%
Computer science 76.4%
Psychology 75.4%
Biological sciences 74.6%
Mechanical engineering 74.4%
Civil engineering 72.5%
Law 72.1%
Subjects allied to medicine 71.6%
Economics 71.5%
Electrical and electronic engineering 71.5%
Building 71%
Information systems and management 70.4%
Mathematics 68.7%
Physiotherapy 64.8%