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Regional and Community Engagement

Economic

An externally-commissioned study on our regional impact showed that we contribute around £520m a year to
the regional economy and support 15,500 jobs across the West Midlands. We provide a wide range of
services to local businesses, including research and development, consultancy, continuing professional
development, training and conference facilities.

Our Science Park has 123 tenant companies employing more than 2,500 staff; it provides facilities for
start-ups and established companies, as well as business growth services to firms within and outside the Park.

We’re also active in the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and its various business groups.

Educational

We work with hundreds of primary and secondary schools, encouraging young people (especially from less
advantaged communities) to consider higher education; and through teacher training partnerships, arts projects
and campus visits.

In autumn 2015, we welcomed over 8,400 visitors to campus over two days of events showcasing Warwick in a ‘Festival of the Imagination’, which included a dedicated Schools’ Day.

The WMG Academy in Coventry, which opened its doors to over 230 students in 2014, is already a huge success, providing a radical learning and teaching environment for 14–19-year-olds from the local area, focusing
on engineering, ICT and digital technologies. A second WMG Academy will be opening in Solihull in September 2016.

Our Centre for Lifelong Learning caters for local adult learners with a diverse range of short courses, degree and
postgraduate programmes, and professional development courses.

Cultural/Social

Warwick Arts Centre is one of the biggest outside London, attracting an estimated 750,000 people a year to around 1,250 different theatre, dance, music, comedy, and visual arts events.

Our 5* campus sports facilities are used extensively by local clubs and individuals, and we regularly host major national and international sports events. More than 2,300 of our students are registered with our volunteering network, Warwick Volunteers, and many of them give their time to help local schools and community groups.

In 2014/15 our students undertook over 32,000 hours of volunteering within our local communities. Our staff contribute their expertise and professional skills to a variety of local strategic partnerships and education, health and cultural bodies.

Teacher with school children