Coventry University’s enterprise and international activities are in the running for two separate accolades at the forthcoming Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2016. Initiatives such as Coventry University Social Enterprise (CUSE) and the recently-launched African Institute for Transformational Entrepreneurship (AITE) have helped to secure Coventry a nomination for the ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ award.
The University is also shortlisted in the ‘International Collaboration of the Year’ category in recognition of its Transatlantic Critical Listening project – a partnership with New York University in which both institutions’ students work together on the recording and production of music via video link.
Success in the awards – which take place in November – would see Coventry University build on its achievement at last year’s event, at which it was crowned ‘University of the Year’ for 2015.Coventry is also hoping to repeat its accomplishments from 2011’s THE Awards, when it was made Entrepreneurial University of the Year owing to its enterprising approach to supporting students, staff and local business.
Vice-chancellor Professor John Latham said: “We’re proud to have been shortlisted for these awards, and I do hope everyone in the local community and in our worldwide community of learning shares that pride. The recognition for our international activity is particularly meaningful and a significant boost in our efforts to put Coventry – both as a university and as a city – on the global map, and give our students great international opportunities. Additionally, to be in the running for ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ for the second time in five years is a fantastic testament to the enterprising culture that runs through our veins and consistently underpins everything that we do.”
Coventry’s latest award nominations come in the wake of a strong performance in last month’s National Student Survey (NSS), which saw the university’s undergraduates vote it to top spot in the UK for ‘personal development’ – meaning how far they felt their confidence, communication skills and ability to tackle problems had improved during their studies.