Most universities have names that are pretty straightforward and correspond to their location. The University of Bristol is in Bristol, Newcastle University is in Newcastle, the University of Sheffield is in Sheffield, etc. However, the University of Warwick has a name that raises some eyebrows, because it doesn’t correspond in the same way. So if you’re confused about how the University of Warwick got its name, let’s clear that up.
The University of Warwick is located 5 kilometres from the centre of Coventry, on the border between the West Midlands and Warwickshire.
Why Is the University of Warwick in Coventry?
Technically, the 400 acre site the university is built on is only half in Coventry, while the other half counts as part of Warwickshire. While plans had been in development for a university in Coventry for quite some time, it wasn’t until 1961 that the University of Warwick was officially established.
The name University of Warwick was proposed by Bishop of Coventry at the time of the university’s founding, Dr. Cuthbert Bardsley, as a compromise between naming it Coventry and naming it Warwickshire. It shares its name with the famous nearby castle.
University of Warwick At a Glance
If you’re interested in attending the University of Warwick or simply want to learn more about it, here are all the basic facts you need to know. The university has three faculties: Arts, Science Engineering and Medicine, and Social Sciences. It has a population of roughly 16,000 undergraduates and 10,000 postgraduates. Warwick is ranked 10th in the University League Table, 104th in the world by THE, 64th in the world by QS and 8th in the UK by the Guardian. These high rankings may be part of the reason the university is very selective, with an average of nearly 8 applicants per place available.
Some of the subjects Warwick excels in particularly are Politics, Mathematics, Statistics, Management, English Literature, and Economics. The university is part of the Russell Group, a network of universities known for high standards of research and academic achievement. The university has attracted quite a few international students, which make up over 40% of the student body. Warwick also has several notable alumni, including Oliver Hart, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Sir John Cornforth, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.