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Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Term Dates

The Coventry University academic teaching year is composed of three 16 week-long teaching blocks, running from early October to mid January, mid January to early May and early May to late August. Typically the academic year starts in the September of a calendar year but it can also start at other times as well. Some course follow different academic years e.g. NHS courses. Please check with your department.

Teaching blocks are composed of teaching, study break and assessment / examination weeks; dates of these may vary according to which programme you are enrolled on. Some undergraduate and postgraduate courses operate a “semester style” of delivery composed of 11 teaching, 2 assessment and 3 study weeks per single teaching block. Other courses operate a “long-thin style” delivery, composed of e.g. 24 teaching, 2-4 assessment and 6 study weeks per double teaching block.

You will be advised of the dates during the admissions process or by your Faculty/School once you are here.

Term/Semester  Dates 2013-14


Long thin undergraduate courses (E&C & CSAD):

Term 1:    *23/09/2013    -      13/12/2013
Term 2:     06/01/2014    -      04/04/2014
Term 3:     28/04/2014    -      06/06/2014


Semesterised undergraduate courses (BES & HLS):

Semester 1:    * 23/09/2013    -     17/01/2014 (with a study break 16/12/13 - 3/01/14)
Semester 2:     20/01/2014    -     09/05/2014 (with a study break 07/04/14 - 25/04/14)


Semesterised postgraduate courses:

Semester 1:     *23/09/201    -     17/01/2014  (with a study break 16/12/13 - 3/01/14)
Semester 2:     20/01/2014    -     09/05/2014 (with a study break 07/04/14 - 25/04/14)
Semester 3:    12/05/2014    -     19/09/2014  (with a study break 28/07/14 – 15/08/14)

* this relates to new students.  Returning students start 30/09/13.

Further Information

There is no formal teaching during the study breaks. Staff and students can use these for holiday, study and assessment or preparation. NB There is no study break weeks in November or February.

Autumn dates include the welcome or induction week for new students. Returning students start one week later. 

Summer dates include years where the teaching block commences immediately after Easter Sunday. In these cases, the date given for the start of term is the first day the University opens after the holiday period.

The dates given refer to weeks running Monday to Friday (inclusive) but may differ when public holidays mean that the University is closed. The stated dates may be subject to alteration in the light of any subsequent developments affecting the academic year as a result of government policy or other considerations.