COVENTRY University Business School is calling on graduates to share memories and reach out to students during a year of celebrations to mark 50 years of teaching in the city.
The Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University is this year marking half a century since the launch of its first dedicated business degrees through a year-long campaign to bring former and current students together.
Celebrations will welcome alumni, employees, business partners and the community for events and activities including a historical timeline project, gala dinner, guest lectures and a dedicated community day.
The first Business Studies degree was taught to a small class at what was then the Lanchester College of Technology in 1967 under the head Dr W F Frank.
It went on to become Coventry Business School in 1990, and is now part of the UK’s third biggest university offering teaching to more than 7,000 students from more than 100 countries each year.
The Business School building is named after William Morris and Morris Engines Limited which was located in Coventry.
As well as growing in numbers, the school now boasts Europe’s largest academic trading floor and a state-of-the-art DigiComm Lab to help thousands of graduates be ready for a global world of work.
It will celebrate its milestone in the year which Coventry was announced to be City of Culture 2021, and celebrations hope to draw on the growth and history of the University, and bring together the thousands of alumni working both in Coventry and internationally.
Professor Heather McLaughlin, academic dean for the Faculty of Business and Law said:
“We’ve come a long way since the 1960s and we want to bring all of this history and heritage together for all of our current students and alumni.
“Since then we have produced some of the most renowned business leaders and led top class research and innovation.
“Our success is a reflection of the support and commitment of all of our students and we want to welcome them all to be a part of the celebrations, either by attending events or sharing their stories and photographs to help showcase the wonderful history of business studies here in Coventry.”
Macauley Coyle, a second year BA Finance & Investment, praised the Business school saying: “The business school is a great facility for students on my course as we have access to the Bloomberg terminals in the trading room, also the opportunity to complete our Bloomberg market concepts certificate which is fully funded by the business school.
“The open study areas & computer rooms in the basement are also a great help when the library is extremely busy running up to exam periods.”
Events will also coincide with wider celebrations this year to mark 175 years of teaching at Coventry University which traces its origins back to the founding of Coventry School of Design in 1843.
A gala dinner and alumni day will also be held on 3 February for all former students and staff members to attend, and all are encouraged to register with the alumni network over the next 12 months.