University of Warwick

Why we've signed the Manifesto

“The University of Warwick has signed the NCCPE Manifesto because we want to make a clear commitment to an approach to public engagement that is developed in accordance with the individual spirit and strategic priorities of our university. We hope that it will show our staff and students that we recognise their many varied and excellent endeavours in this area. We want to inspire yet more activity across our campus and we intend to continue our work with a wide range of external people and organisations to improve people’s lives – in our home region, across the UK and globally. We are taking steps to improve the leadership, coordination and promotion of our public engagement activities, which is particularly important this year, as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary with a large number of events involving our many stakeholders.”

Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor and President, University of Warwick

Our approach to public engagement

University of Warwick campus

Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, and for innovation. We’re a university that champions independent thinking and as well as being founded, first and foremost, on academic excellence, a key driver of the Warwick success story so far has been our entrepreneurial spirit.

A distinctive strength of our University has always been our relevance to society, and particularly our close links with business and industry.  For example, WMG and Warwick Business School are recognised as international role models for how universities and business can successfully work together; Jaguar Land Rover and Tata are amongst the businesses that are now closely associated with us. We are one of the key drivers of the local and regional economy, with a recent study showing that the University was worth £520m a year in economic impact to the West Midlands.

However, we are also committed to public engagement across the socio-cultural spectrum. Our academic departments, in all our four Faculties, work with a wide range of external stakeholders in planning, carrying out, and sharing the results of their cutting-edge research. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) we were ranked 7th overall in the UK.

The University has productive links with local and national government and local strategic partnerships, and we work closely with regional health, education, arts and sporting organisations. We run an extensive schools engagement programme, involving several departments, aimed at raising the aspirations and abilities of young people in our locality, and we run a range of degree programmes and courses for adult learners.

We have one of the largest Arts Centres outside of London (pictured above), which brings around 250,000 visitors a year onto campus. We have one of the UK’s biggest and most active student volunteering programmes, with 2,000 registrants each year, and our Students’ Union has the most student societies of any university in the country.

Now, in an important step forward, we are looking to develop a more cohesive institutional approach to all these initiatives, to give more support to individual members of staff involved in public engagement, and to continue to increase the active engagement of our “publics” in our research and other activities.


Name: Emily Little

Title: Public Engagement Manager