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Message from the Vice-Chancellor

From its beginning in the 1960s, the University of Warwick has had a reputation for being innovative and “different”.

We were one of the first British universities to understand the importance of working with business and industry, and to cultivate collaboration and partnerships. We have strong local roots, and have long been aware of the need to widen participation in higher education and encourage lifelong learning.

At the same time, the University of Warwick has nurtured “traditional” academic values, rising to become one of the UK’s leading universities for both teaching and research.

These distinguishing features remain a vital part of our vision for how the university should look in the year 2020. We are determined to become a leader in research and teaching, to strengthen and diversify links with business and industry, to support economic growth and regeneration across Coventry and Warwickshire and the wider region, and to continue to serve the local community through excellent teaching, training, cultural and employment opportunities.

To achieve all this, we need to develop the campus in the manner set out in this newsletter. I would encourage everyone who has an interest in the university to take a look at our plans, and let us have your comments.

Hopefully, together we can help the University of Warwick achieve the aim of its original creators, and become one of the world’s great universities – and a source of even greater pride for local people, our students and staff.

David VandeLinde
Vice-Chancellor, The University of Warwick

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