Coventry University - Building Services Engineer (Electrica…

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It was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2015 in recognition of its international growth and success over the past six years. Underpinning much of the success is a strong focus on teaching and learning which permeates through everything – even the design and layout of the buildings. Lecture rooms in the newest facilities, for example, can transform into 360 degree amphitheatres to bring a more intimate, immersive element to the discussion, and learning spaces are open and adaptable to encourage sharing of ideas and disrupt the traditional one-way flow of information from lecturer to student. A £100 million investment into research is underway to boost Coventry’s research performance and bring it up amongst the traditional heavyweight research institutions. It has already seen the launch of several new centres specialising in areas around which Coventry has historically had considerable expertise. The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, for example, has been established to build on and advance the university’s world- leading research around trust as a key component of peace building, reconciliation and community cohesion – echoing the very themes for which Coventry as a city is internationally famous. In a recent House of Lords debate, the Archbishop of Canterbury drew attention to the positive impact of the centre’s work. Researchers in the new Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences, too, have attracted global interest and media attention. A team of its scientists have developed a pioneering new way – using real human heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials.

Coventry University is a forward-looking modern university whose roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry School of Design. With a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on multidisciplinary research, the University has established a robust academic presence regionally, nationally and across the world. We are currently celebrating 175 years since foundation. Through its links with leading-edge businesses and organisations in a variety of countries and industries, Coventry University’s 29,000+ students enjoy access to placements and international opportunities, which ensure that their employment prospects are enhanced by the time they graduate. Its students also benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, on its Coventry, London, Dagenham and Scarborough campuses, in all academic disciplines, from health, business and performing arts to industrial design, engineering and computing. In recent years Coventry’s student satisfaction levels and teaching quality have been rated amongst the best in the UK, which in turn has led to impressive rises in every major university league table. The institution is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2019 in which it ranks 13th overall – and is The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ‘Modern University of the Year’ for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Coventry is recognised internationally for its expertise in peacebuilding, serious games and disaster management, and for the world-leading calibre of its engineering and design graduates – particularly in the automotive field.

Other notable projects which demonstrate the breadth of research underway at Coventry include initiatives to tackle female genital mutilation, collaborations with industry to combat automotive cyber security threats, and long-term studies into children’s literacy. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results portend well for the ambitions that Coventry University has going forward – the university was ranked joint 5th in the UK for the quantity of its research in the allied health professions category receiving the top ratings of four or three stars, with many other areas also being rated as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’. Such successes are only bolstering Coventry’s international reputation. Already boasting one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the UK thanks to its 9,000+ strong international student population – drawn from over 150 countries – the university is continuing to grow its overseas presence, including through recent collaborations with Kadir Has University in Istanbul and the South West University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing.

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