Things to look forward to in 2017

2016 was…eventful…! But UnCOVered have the low-down on some of the incredible things that are going to make 2017 unforgettable for all the RIGHT reasons.


Refreshers-Web-Banner-2017The year kicks off with the start of the new term on January 9th. To welcome all students back and to help January starters get used to their new surroundings, there’ll be a number of ‘Refreshers’ events taking places on the week commencing 23rd January. Visit: for more information. And don’t forget… The UCAS deadline falls on the 15th January for those applying to join us in September!

  • In other news, January sees the inauguration of President Donald Trump in the United States. This is a traditionally glamorous celebration of a new president taking office.
  • In sport, we can look forward to the FA Cup 3rd round which includes an emotional return to Manchester United for Jaap Stam who manages Reading. The African Cup of Nations also kicks off and the first tennis major of the year, the Australian Open, begins with Andy Murray hoping to continue his fine form from 2016.
  • The highlight on TV in January is the return of the great detective Sherlock, as Benedict Cumberbatch and friends return for the fourth series of the popular BBC show. In cinemas, when we’re not watching Rogue One for the umpteenth time, we see the return of Renton, Bebgy and the gang in the highly anticipated Trainspotting sequel T2 and Vin Diesel dusts off the windbreaker as Xander Cage in the latest instalment in the xXx franchise.
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February helps us settle in to 2017 with some great TV and sporting events. The annual Varsity competition, which sees Coventry University face Warwick University in a series of sporting disciplines, is the highlight of the month.

  • David Tennant and Olivia Coleman return in the latest series of Broadchurch and there’s a new series of 24 coming, entitled 24:Legacy which has a lot less Jack Bauer than previous incarnations.
  • During February, you’ll mainly find me in the cinema watching The Lego Batman Movie and I look forward to someone explaining the rules of American Football to me again, as we stay up late to watch Superbowl L1 (51).

It’s dissertation writing time for many final year students… We promise it’s not as terrifying as it sounds. This is an extremely positive part of your degree and something you’ll be proud of completing for the rest of your life!

March looks set to throw up some interesting things in the world of politics, as the UK have promised to trigger ‘Article 50’ to start the two-year process of withdrawing from the EU by the end of the month.

  • Movies out this month include Hugh Jackman’s final outing as X-Man Wolverine in the eagerly anticipated Logan, and nostalgia will be flying all over the place for a big screen reboot for Power Rangers.
  • Also, the 2017 Formula One World Championship begins with Australian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton looking to reclaim the World Championship after losing out to now retired teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016.

April is a big month for sporting events as we see the Masters (Golf), Grand National (Horse Racing) and the start of County Cricket season.

  • The highlight in cinemas this month is the eighth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise as The Rock and Vin Diesel butt-heads in The Fate of the Furious. (10)May

Exam season will start and we’ll be getting ready to enjoy everything the summer has to offer! There’s always good fun and some great events going on in Fargo Village, especially when the weather gets better. Keep an eye on for the latest guide to what’s on.

  • The football season comes to a close in May and we find out who becomes the new Champions of the Premier League. There’s also the FA Cup and Champions League Finals to enjoy.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hits cinemas this month as we catch up with the antics of Peter ‘Star Lord’ Quill, Gamorrea, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot.

June sees the end of academic year and we bid farewell to students who are leaving us for their next big adventure. It’s a heavy month for exams around the campus as well as the traditional end of year balls and celebrations.

  • In sport, the British Lions head off on tour to New Zealand.
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For Coventrians, is all about the Godiva Festival!! Which helps show off some great musical talent from around the world and our own incredible city. Traditionally it takes place in Coventry at the start of July. No dates have been confirmed as yet for 2017, but visit for the latest news.

July is also a big month for sport as we see the start of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Men’s defence, Lewis Hamilton hoping for a win in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Chris Froome looking to retain his Tour de France title.

  • For those who want a break from the sun, Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in cinemas this month.

August sees A-Level Results Day and is the month when we get to dish out places on courses to successful applicants. Do not despair if your results aren’t quite what you’d hoped for, we will have an array of courses available through Clearing.

  • There are a series of Graduation Balls that take place during the month. Stay tuned to for the latest on when they take place.
  • August is also a big month for football fans as the new Premier League and EFL seasons kick off and it’s the busiest time in the transfer market before the window closes at the end of the month.

Well would you look at that?! It’s time for another Coventry University Freshers’ week already! We’ll finally be unveiling our plans, which will see 2017’s Freshers’ celebrations rival 2016’s! Read all about last year’s events here.


If you’re going to be one of our 2017 Freshers, this is the first full month of your university experience! Get ready to experience all of the things this month that only happen when you’re a Cov Uni student…

  • Freshers’ flu! It’s a rite of passage. But Coventry has the step-by-step guide you need to get you through it!
  • Halloween competitions! in 2016 we gave away some amazing, spooky prizes. Remember to check in to see what we get up to in 2017!
  • Volunteering – there are loads of volunteering opportunities that the SU will help you sign up to. They’ll make you feel great and really add substance to your CV.
  • P.S. An interesting month for films ahead in October, as eagerly awaited sequels BladeRunner 2049 and Kingsman: The Golden Circle open.
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Our biggest month of graduations will be back! With 2016’s weather being somewhat dramatic, (something our incredible graduates took easily in their strides!), we’re hoping for some late Autumn sunshine in 2017! Read what our 2016 graduates would tell their first year selves here.

The run up to Christmas is fully underway in November as the Frankfurt Christmas Market returns to Birmingham city centre and similar markets open up in and around Coventry.

  • The Coventry Peace Festival remembers the history of war in our city and celebrates reconciliation and caring for each other.
  • In sport, the Ashes series begins as England travel to take on Australia for the famous urn.
  • Bonfire Night is always a date to save and as usual there will be plenty of events in the local area to enjoy and get involved with.

There’s always one thing on all our minds as we enter December… CRIMBO! But there’s a lot more going on before Father Christmas comes to town! There’s the last day of term to count down to, and Christmas food to eat! But there are some important Uni landmarks too…

  • Final essay hand-ins are everywhere at this time. But don’t panic. Think of this as a good thing to get behind you, so you can truly enjoy your break!
  • Dissertation proposals often need to be started. But we’ve got you covered! Read our student blog full of hints about how to get yours sorted.
Got something you’re looking forward to in 2017? Let us know in the comments below, or on social media!