Coventry has been named the 44th best city for students in the world beating Washington, Rome and Birmingham.
The ranking, compiled by data experts QS, gives cities scores based on opportunities for graduate employment, affordability, the quality of universities and quality of life.
Judges praised both the city’s universities and Coventry’s “long history of leadership in manufacturing and design”, emphasising that:
This legacy is reflected in the fact that Coventry University is one of only a few institutions to offer a course dedicated to automotive design, while the University of Warwick has a centre dedicated to supporting innovative collaborations between academia and industry, which runs a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Warwick University’s Arts Centre, which houses various performance spaces, galleries and a cinema, is one of the largest arts centres in the UK.
Coventry has several other theatres and art galleries, and there are a number of large venues in and around the city which are used for both music concerts and major sports events.
Coventry was one of eight British cities to feature in the top 75, with London coming fifth, Edinburgh in 33rd place, Manchester 36th, Nottingham in 57th, Glasgow coming 63rd, Birmingham in 66th and Newcastle 67th.
The latest accolade comes as Coventry University was named the university of the year at the Times High Education Awards.
Vice-Chancellor John Latham said:
This is a landmark achievement for Coventry University and a wonderful testament to our staff who have worked so hard to make this such a successful year.
There’s much to celebrate, but it’s what’s going on beyond the accolades and league table positions that is what I am 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.
Article written by Sam Dimmer, Coventry Telegraph