COVENTRY UNIVERSITY has been named ‘University of the Year’.
At the annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, the University fought off competition from five other shortlisted institutions to be awarded the prestigious title.
The award was granted in recognition of its achievements and performance in the last year and follows it being named ‘Modern University of the Year’ for the third time by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, it rising into the UK’s top 15 in the Guardian University Guide, and being presented a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Vice-chancellor Professor John Latham was presented with the award by comedian Rory Bremner during what is described as the ‘Oscars of the higher education industry’.
Describing the awards as a ‘landmark achievement’ for the University, Professor Latham said the award was “a wonderful testament to our staff who have worked so hard to make this such a successful year.”
He added: “Competition is fierce at the THE awards, so it’s quite an accomplishment for us to have achieved this kind of recognition within the industry.
“There’s much to celebrate, but it’s what’s going on beyond the accolades and league table positions that I’m most proud of – particularly the way we help our students to reach their full potential, whether through the hands-on, activity-led learning approach we pioneer at Coventry, the international opportunities they have, or through the vast array of sports and activities at the students’ union.
“This award is for everyone in our community of learning. Staff, students, local businesses we support and residents who we engage with on a regular basis – this is something that Coventry as a city should feel proud about.”