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Student fashion designers picking up national awards, flash mobs taking over the city centre, high-powered racing cars dominating Silverstone...it was a busy 2012 for Coventry University.

What, you hadn't heard already? Read on for eight ways Coventry University hit the headlines last year...

Student bags top prize in UK’s biggest fashion event

A third-year fashion student got his big break by fending off the UK’s top styling talent to claim the Clothes Show Live ‘Young Designer of the Year’ award in December 2012.


Curtis Li, 22, wowed the judges at the show with his futuristic garment design to claim the £1,000 prize, a week’s work experience with a leading British fashion designer and the chance to see his outfit on the catwalk.

The prize continued a winning run for Coventry University: it was the the sixth consecutive year fashion undergraduates from Coventry had reached the final of the prestigious competition.

University highlighted for strong alternative sports offering

Fancy a quick game of korfball? Or perhaps a spot of Ultimate Frisbee? By encouraging students to take part in unusual sports such as these, Coventry University ensured it was one of the most successful institutions taking part in a multimillion-pound Lottery-funded campaign.

The campaign, called Active Universities, encouraged students to get involved in sport. Staff at Coventry University got students involved by tempting them with unusual sports, as well as more traditional pursuits such as tennis and golf.

Coventry's work in attracting more than 840 students, staff and members of the public - and exceeding its participation target by 143% - was highlighted in a report published by organisers Sport England in December 2012.

Student cinema society wins national award

A student film society at Coventry University claimed the 'Best Student Cinema' prize in September's ‘Film Society of the Year’ awards, run annually by the British Federation of Film Societies.


Coventry University East Asian Film Society (CUEAFS) beat off competition from rival cinema clubs across the country to claim the prize, impressing the judges with its range of activities, level of professionalism and its links with industry.

The accolade was awarded in recognition of the society’s work in promoting film culture to broader communities.

Coventry University ranked top for ‘value for money’

Coventry University featured in the top 10 of all universities for offering ‘best value’ to students, when the Student Value for Money Report 2012 was published in September.

The report considered the academic league table standings of 117 universities, as well as tuition fees and the local average rental prices, to calculate an overall score that indicates the value for money at each institution.

Coventry ranked top among modern universities across England and best overall in the Midlands. It came fourth overall across England, sandwiched between the University of Oxford and University of Birmingham.

It's a mini adventure for Coventry University students

During the UK's summer of sport, two student film companies from the university’s Department of Media joined forces with the Sytner Group to create a series of short films relating to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pole-vaulting ace Steve Lewis, triathlete Jodie Stimpson, discus thrower Dan Greaves and synchronised swimming star Yvette Baker each make an appearance in the films, one of which was shot at the MIRA test facility in Nuneaton using a range of MINIs from the Sytner Group’s Midlands dealerships.

Professional stunt drivers were used for a series of high-performance driving scenes, which were designed in their entirety by the students. Swimmer Yvette Baker is seen posing as a skilled driver, gracefully spinning her MINI into a tight space between two cars in perfect synchronisation with another MINI.

Student speed demons take on the world in university race car competition

Students from Coventry University went wheel-to-wheel with over 130 rival universities at Silverstone in July.

The Phoenix Racing team, made up of 24 motorsport engineering students from the University, built a £12,000 single-seater racing car to take part in the 2012 Formula Student competition – the world’s largest student motorsport event.

The 100mph machine was built from scratch by the students in the university’s state-of-the-art motorsport workshop, and was hailed by the Phoenix Racing squad as the fastest, lightest and most sophisticated car in the team’s 11 year history.

Flash mob kicks off Degree Show 2012

Coventry University art and design students kicked off their annual Degree Show in March with a flash mob in the city centre.

Twenty final year Performing Arts students surprised onlookers by breaking out into an eight-beat dance routine to The Jackson Five’s Blame It on the Boogie.


The event marked the launch of the undergraduates’ Degree Show 2012, where students from a wide range of courses – from Automotive Design and Fashion to Media Production and the Visual Arts – showcased their final year projects to the public at various locations across the city centre campus.

Performing Arts graduates link up with acclaimed theatre company

A group of Performing Arts graduates from Coventry University worked with internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly to produce and perform a play at the start of 2012.

The group had just one week to devise and create the show from scratch: 10 of them focused on the script and onstage performance while three others worked on the music, lighting and sound.

The performance, entitled Lucky, took place on Friday 13 January and incorporated Frantic Assembly’s trademark physical style – a combination of movement, dance, music and text.

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