University of Warwick

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The University of Warwick (informally Warwick University, or simply Warwick) is a public research university located in Coventry, United Kingdom. It was established in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand access to higher education, and in 2000 Warwick Medical School was opened as part of an initiative to train more doctors in Britain. The University describes itself as a research led institution and in the last Research Assessment Exercise the University was the 7th highest-ranked research institution in the UK.[3]

In the 1960s and 1970s, Warwick had a reputation as a politically radical institution.[4] More recently, the University was seen as a favoured institution of the British New Labour government.[5] Warwick was one of the first UK universities to develop close links with the business community, and has been successful in the commercialisation of research. This commercial approach has resulted in its being nicknamed "Warwick University Limited" (or, more recently, "Warwick University PLC").[6]

The University's coat of arms includes atoms of two isotopes of lithium, a DNA helix to represent science and also the Bear and Ragged Staff of Warwickshire and the Elephant and Castle of Coventry. The bear is not chained in the current depiction of the University's coat of arms, although it was in earlier versions and in the letters patent issued by the College of Arms.

Warwick is a member of AACSB, the Association of MBAs, EQUIS, the Russell Group, Universities UK, European University Association, and Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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