About Warwick: Further Particulars
The University of Warwick is arguably the most successful of UK universities founded within the past half-century, and has earned an outstanding reputation both for research and teaching. Warwick is comfortably ranked within the top ten of all UK university league tables. The latest national UK newspaper tables all ranked Warwick in the top ten (The Times, Sunday Times, The Independent) and 3rd place (The Guardian) overall.
Founded in 1965 Warwick is a distinctive successful British university combining a “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to absolute academic excellence. Professor Nigel Thrift, Warwick’s 5th Vice-Chancellor, was appointed in 2006 to transform the University from a leading university within the UK to become one of the world’s top 50 universities by 2015. A new university strategy was launched as a result of extensive consultation with staff, students and Warwick’s many external stakeholders, and is making good progress.
Warwick employs nearly 5,000 members of staff, of whom 1,750 are academic and research staff spread across 28 academic departments and 30 research centres. The University's most recent QAA Institutional Audit in November 2008 resulted in findings of "confidence" in our management of academic standards and the quality of the learning experience, and a very positive report. The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) again reiterated Warwick’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities, being ranked 7th overall in the UK (based on multi-faculty institutions). 65% of Warwick’s research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, with a quality level of either 3* or 4*. 19 Warwick Departments were ranked in the top 10 in the UK in their units of assessment and Warwick achieved a 35% increase in the number of staff selected in RAE 2008, with almost 90% of staff submitted.
The University of Warwick has a total student population of 19,000 (full-time equivalent) of whom approximately 12,500 are undergraduates and 6,500 are postgraduates. The University is an international and cosmopolitan body which is committed to tackling major global problems through research and teaching. Many of Warwick’s staff originate or were educated overseas and almost a third of the total student population comes from over 120 countries outside of the UK.
The University’s main campus, located on a site of over 290 hectares spanning the south west boundary of Coventry and the county of Warwickshire has an open and pleasant outlook. The campus offers excellent sporting facilities, including a swimming pool, a fitness suite, a climbing wall, an indoor tennis centre, an all weather running track and acres of football and rugby pitches. The renowned Warwick Arts Centre is one of the largest outside London with the Mead Gallery showing visiting collections of contemporary art, a concert hall, two theatres and a cinema. The 1,500 seat Butterworth Hall reopened in Autumn 2009 following a £6.9 million redevelopment. The University also has a campus based at Wellesbourne and facilities at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.
The University of Warwick is ideally placed for easy access to London (just over one hour on the train), close to the picturesque towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa and about 45 minutes from the centre of Birmingham. Immediately to the south of the main campus is rural Warwickshire and both Shakespeare’s Stratford and the Cotswolds are just 30 minutes away.
The University of Warwick has a turnover approaching £400 million. The University continues to invest heavily in its campus infrastructure and environment and recent investments include a multi million pound extension and redevelopment of the Students’ Union building, a new Clinical Trials Unit for Warwick Medical School, a £2 million refit of our Chemistry teaching labs, and a new £24M Analytical Sciences facility for its Chemistry and Physics departments.
The state-of-the-art £50 million Warwick Digital Laboratory’s foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in May 2007 and he returned to formally open the building in 2008.
Further details about the University of Warwick can be found at http://www.warwick.ac.uk
The Managerial and Administrative Structure of the University
The University’s administrative and managerial structure is headed by the Vice-Chancellor, supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Finance and Financial Strategy Director and three Pro- Vice Chancellors who are each responsible for specific strategic academic areas. However, as with all such structures, the informal lines of decision making and the sharing of responsibility for planning and strategy flatten the hierarchy. Institutional level decisions are initially made by a group comprising academics and administrators who form the Senate Steering Committee which operates much along the lines of a weekly cabinet for the University.
The Registrar is responsible for the administration of the University and is supported in this task by a team of Senior Officers, each of whom is responsible for a key area and associated offices of University administration: the Deputy Registrar, the Academic Registrar, the Estates Director, the Director of Human Resources, the Director of IT Services, the Director of Development, Communication and Strategy and the University Librarian. A number of office heads and directors report in turn to these Senior Officers. To ensure overall co-ordination between and across the University’s administration, all administrative posts within academic departments have a “dotted line” reporting to the University Registrar as well as the Department in which they are based.