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Working at Coventry University

Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Progression to Higher Education

The Student Recruitment Team offers outreach talks and workshops to highlight the benefits and opportunities that Higher Education can bring to your students. We offer aspiration-raising support in school and at the University. If you would like to arrange a session, please contact us at

CU Coventry - our flexible learning subsidiary - also has a team who deliver talks in schools and colleges. Working independently to the Coventry University Student Recruitment Team, they offer a range of outreach activities. See for more information.

Talks in School/College

Why HE?

Let’s start at the very beginning. This talk introduces Higher Education and the benefits of progression to university. It also covers the key points for students to consider when deciding on their next steps.

Why Coventry University?

Everything the University has to offer your students, both inside and outside the lecture theatre, entry requirements, and graduate opportunities for Coventry University students.

Researching Universities and Courses

Now that your students have decided university is for them, this talk will provide them with the tools to make the right decisions about universities and courses. The session also tests your students’ knowledge on where certain universities are in the UK, gives examples of degrees that they can study and includes a celebrity degree quiz.

(Also available as a workshop)

Perfecting your Personal Statement      

A critical part of the application process, this talk will give your students the support they need including tips for success, as well as highlighting the pitfalls to avoid.

Student Finance

This talk will show your students what financial support is available to them. Focusing on fees, loans, scholarships and bursaries, they will understand the importance of student finance without being scared by the prospect of organising it.

Student Life      

Delivered by our Student Ambassadors, current Coventry University students, this talk will give your students a real insight into what lies ahead at university. Introducing the highs and lows of being a student and explaining why our students decided Coventry was the university for them.

Showcasing your ‘Design DNA’ – Portfolio advice and guidance for Art and Design Students

This talk helps students to prepare their work so that it is at its very best before a university interview. Selecting and styling work gives interviewers a real insight into how students view their skills and work as much as the work itself.


All workshops are designed to last for 1 hour and will give students an in-depth interactive session to support their progression to Higher Education.

Researching Universities and Courses

This workshop is designed to start your students on the journey to deciding on a course and university, including which subjects they can study at university based on their current Level 3 subjects. It also includes information on how long it will take to travel to each university.

This session requires a computer room for online research.

Budgeting Workshop   

As a university student, managing your finances is often a difficult task. This workshop provides hints and tips on budgeting for the years ahead.

Academic Sessions

We are putting together our list of academic sesisons for 2017/18 and this page will be updated shortly. In the meantime, if you would like to request a subject-specific academic session for your school or college, please email the Student Recruitment Team at

Activities on Campus

We offer a range of events on campus which are designed to support your students’ understanding and knowledge in particular subject areas and give them an insight into life as a Coventry University student.


Open Days

Our Open Days are a great way for students to come and visit the campus to get a feel for what it’s really like to study at Coventry University. Students will have the opportunity to meet staff and find out about our courses and the learning practices and environments we use to teach them.

They can also take a tour of the campus and accommodation and engage with current students who will talk about their Coventry University experience.

Visit our Open Days pages to find out more.


School and College Visits

School and college visits allow groups of students to come onto campus to learn what university life is like, and experience the environment they may one day be studying in. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in taster sessions on subjects they are interested in, and the chance to go on a tour of our campus and facilities.

Our Recruitment Team uses the visits as a way of working with students to highlight the importance of researching universities and the best ways to do so, and to keep teachers up-to-date with current news at Coventry University, so that they can advise their students more effectively.

We are putting together our on-campus masterclasses guide for 2017/18 and this page will be updated shortly.

For more information, please contact:


Confucius Institute

The Coventry University Confucius Institute, which was officially launched on 12th May 2016, is the first of its kind in the West Midlands. It is a collaboration between Coventry University and Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) in Nanchang, south-east China.

The aim of the Institute is to develop and improve business and educational links between the West Midlands and China with a range of courses and events aimed at schools and local businesses.

If you'd like to learn more, please visit our Confucius Institute page.



The Degree Show

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ annual degree show celebrates and showcases our graduating students’ work with a number of shows and exhibitions hosted here on campus.

Several events are open to the general public and you can see examples of exhibitions and events featured in this year's (2017) Show on the Coventry Degree Show website.



Students with Disabilities

Coventry University organises a series of activities over the year that are designed specifically to cater for the needs of disabled students.

These activities provide students with an opportunity to engage with the University at key points in the student journey from pre-application to pre-enrolment, making progression to higher education accessible for all students and easing the transition from school or college to university.

'Move On Up' Open Days

'Move On Up' is a series of days for learners with disabilities in Years 11 to 13 to show the support students receive whilst studying at Coventry University. Sessions include the application process, Disabled Students' Allowance and university accommodation.

'Move On Up' Days are held every month in the Spring, encouraging disabled students to consider the idea of coming to a university like Coventry. The open days give students an opportunity to meet current students with disabilities, learn what university life is like, find out what lectures and seminars involve, what accommodation we offer and what support is available for disabled students here at Coventry.

Individual students can discuss what their future options might be and are reassured about taking the next step and applying for university.

To find out when the next 'Move On Up' Day is being held, please email


disCUss Summer School

Each year the Health and Wellbeing Centre runs a pre-induction summer school for new applicants who have disclosed a disability.

These students often have complex additional needs and this is a great opportunity to get to know them and introduce all the different internal and external support available. disCUss has proved very successful over previous years and has a variety of benefits to students and their parents.

These include:

  • Parents less worried about their child’s new independent lifestyle.
  • Students able to meet up with other members of disCUss to socialise and seek support from their peers about their Freshers' Week experience, before the need to escalate concerns to staff.
  • Students able to build confidence from the event to envisage their future as a student and make positive suggestions as to how they think they can enhance their own experience.

Any student that decides to study with us and declares a disability will be contacted by the Disabilities Office and invited to the summer school. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact us.

Recent Events

The autumn term is a busy time for Coventry University’s Recruitment Team. We have been out at schools and colleges talking to Year 12 students about their options after sixth form, delivering masterclasses on alternative careers ideas, attending school HE and careers fairs and hosting taster days on campus.

Take a look below at examples of some of the events we’ve been involved with recently and get in touch with us at if you would like to arrange a session for your students.


Year 12 Workshops and Presentations

This term the Recruitment Team has visited several schools and colleges to deliver presentations on progression to Higher Education. We have also represented the University at a number of HE Fairs and Sixth Form Open Evenings to encourage Year 11 students and their parents to think about options after Sixth Form.

We recently visited Aylesford School and Sixth Form College in Warwick to talk to their Year 12 students on a variety of university-related topics and then attended their Careers Fair later the same day.

For more information please see the Progression to Higher Education tab on this page.


On-Campus School Visits

Sidney Stringer Academy

Year 9 female students from Sidney Stringer Academy visited campus to take part in an art installation project as part of MRes Design and Visual Art student Yiqing Yang's self-portrait exhibition. The students were asked to examine how they see themselves in order to help promote positive body image and reduce teenage anxieities about perfection.

North Oxfordshire Academy

Year 12 A Level and BTEC students attended a number of talks on campus and also took part in a campus tour. Feedback on the information provided on university life, finance and subject sessions was very positive with one teacher commenting, "The students left with many messages as you conveyed such good information. Many left really liking Coventry University. I think they left knowing that university is an option for them if they want it and that there is a lot of choice."

The Duston School

Students from Year 12 visted Coventry University to attend a talk on researching universities and on why HE should be an option for them. They also had an opportunity to take part in a campus tour to see an overview of the facilities available at Coventry. Both staff and students enjoyed their day with one student explaining, "It was easy to talk to those who were helping, and it was a relaxed student campus, which is what made us comfortable."


On-Campus Teacher Events

Digital Media: Info and Skills Session

The Digital Media Team hosted a 'Digital Media: Info and Skills Session' for teachers. The session, which was held here on campus, looked at how digital innovation is changing the way we consume, connect, collaborate and solve problems on a rapid scale. It was aimed at Media, Arts, IT, Maths and Sciences teachers who wanted to understand and engage with a rapidly evolving sector and gain an insight into our Digital Media BA. It was also a good opportunity to network with fellow teachers and academic staff from the University.

BTEC Teachers' Evening

This event was an opportunity for teachers and advisors to discover what the Engineering, Environment and Computing Faculty at Coventry University has to offer BTEC students, through a series of presentations, tours/demonstrations and Q&A sessions.

Lecturers provided information on the courses on offer and explained why we feel the Coventry teaching style suits those students studying a BTEC qualification who decide to progress on to Higher Education.