Corporate Social Responsibility

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Framework shows our commitment to use the university’s strengths and expertise to really make a difference locally. We will develop flagship programmes within our three CSR themes, in collaboration with key local partners to help deliver this and help make Coventry a better place.

Education

Our primary work is the delivery of high quality Teaching, Learning and Research, and Access to Education is a key theme of our CSR strategy. We will provide opportunities for others to be part of a learning community through either one-off experiences or participating in longer term activities or projects.

City Year UK is a youth and education charity that places volunteer mentors (often from university) in schools to support pupils attending school in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.

In 2019 City Year launched in four Coventry schools, in partnership with Coventry University and Wates’ Foundation. The University will provide funding to support the work of City Year UK and will also test a new CSR partnership using the strengths, expertise and resource of the university to add value to the mentoring experience and ultimately raise aspirations and improve the soft skills of local pupils.

Students from Coventry University will spend a year in the schools and provide support to target students with the goal of raising their attainment, attendance and behaviour, through one to one coaching, running breakfast and after-school clubs and leading events, celebrations and projects to bring the school and community together as a whole.

Health and Wellbeing

As a key anchor institution in Coventry, the university is well placed to support reducing health inequalities in our local communities. We do that through teaching and learning, and also through our research targeted at improving physical health, mental health, and empowering local communities

We are in the process of developing our CSR offering for Health and Wellbeing. We want to work with local partners to identify potential areas of focus that align with the city and university priorities so that we get the best outcomes for Coventry.  

Enterprise

Coventry University has established a successful culture in which to develop Enterprise and Innovation across a number of functions, including through our spin out organisation, Coventry University Social Enterprise CIC (CUSE). The University also works with small business to provide additional support and mentoring, and also has a relationship with Santander Universities, to boost support for the development and launch of innovative enterprises.

Coventry University was the first UK University to launch a social enterprise with the remit of benefiting the local community and achieving true social value by supporting students, alumni, staff and community at various stages of their entrepreneurial journey.

CUSE offers a range of programmes to support participants in realising their entrepreneurial potential and foster innovation and are committed to support Coventry’s social economy. 1 in 4 social enterprises in the city were launched with CUSE support and since their launch in 2014, CUSE have supported the launch of 65 social enterprises in total. CUSE work with local councils, businesses, charities, consumers and budding social entrepreneurs to continue growth of the movement.