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The Changing Face of Coventry

Since the 1950s Coventry has been developing parts of the city. It began with the re-building of the centre including the Cathedral after the Blitz. The redevelopment and regeneration is continuing still, sixty years on. The latest plans, City Centre South, are for a £300 million regeneration project in which a large part of the city centre is to be redeveloped.

In February, plans for the new development were being submitted for planning permission with a decision to be made by Autumn 2012. This regeneration attempt would include; Bull Yard, Shelton Square, City Arcade, Barracks car park and Hertford Street. The regeneration would also focus on the market area. Andy Mclain, a sweet stall owner in Coventry Market thinks it’s possible the regeneration will improve Coventry and: “Hopefully it will make it (Coventry Market) busier, attract more people from Birmingham and other places like that.”

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Time for change…

Ex- CU Today Editor, Jon Dudley, recently retired his role as Editor of CU Today. Jon did a great job of keeping the site going and it is with many thanks that we say goodbye to Jon as Editor.

It is however time for change.

The new academic year is fast approaching and with a new team of Editors, CU Today will hopefully continue to thrive. The names and contact details of the new editing team will be published shortly so watch this space!

Some of the new ideas which the team is looking to implicate are:

  • A team of writers/ contributors who will each have a responsibility to create content and meet deadlines creating a more professional atmosphere for CU Today, these contributors will report back to one member of the editing team who is also there to help out
  • More digital content! The platform can take videos, photos, music, soundbites. Lets make use of this, not only will it increase the number of viewers, it is also a great outlet for Coventry University students to show off their work
  • More university-wide stories. We want to involve all of the departments around the uni as there is always something going on in the different departments and it would be great to get that out there.
  • Freelance contributors, whilst we feel a proper contributing team would be great to keep content fresh and constantly uploaded, we still want people with good contributions to send in their stuff.

There are many more ideas to come so please watch this space and if you have any ideas for how we can keep CU Today thriving or if you are interested in contributing, please leave a comment or e-mail Alex Maidment: or

Remember, CU Today is your outlet! Let the world know what Coventry University students can do!


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A-Level Results: Congratulations and Commiseration’s… The next step, making sense of it all!

Thursday 16th August 2012 was a great day for some and not such a great day for others. For many year 13s around the country, it is the most nerve-ridden day of the year, a day which can decide what happens next in life. But, all those going through this horrible results process shouldn’t worry as there is always an alternative. The options are open, students nowadays can choose from a whole host of things to do; University, apprenticeships, internships, jobs, GAP years, travel opportunities and much more.

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Coventry University students choose Free Range

Coventry University students will be taking their work to the UK’s largest graduate art and design exhibitionFree Range, later this month at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London.

Students from the visual arts department will be showing off their final projects at this high profile exhibition which runs throughout the summer, showcasing the next crop of UK creative talent to both the public and leading industry professionals.

Now in its 12th year, Free Range is an Old Truman Brewery special project set up by Tamsin O’Hanlon to provide new creative graduates with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international level. Over fifty UK universities and art colleges are participating in the exhibition that attracts over 100,000 visitors. Students are given the creative freedom to design their own shows and exhibition spaces – including their own mini-events (talks, workshops, etc).

This is the largest showing of work from Coventry University to date at Free Range and will include work from fine art, photography, illustration, fashion and graphic design students. The exhibition will demonstrate the high quality of work and teaching that goes on at Coventry University’s School of Art and Design, as well as the individuality, talent and professionalism of our students.

The students work will be on show at Free Range from Friday 29th June – Monday 2nd July.

Jonathan Waller, Senior Associate Lecturer, said:

“This is the fourth year that Coventry University have exhibited at Free Range. As the most prestigious national graduate exhibition for art and design disciplines, it provides an exciting and unique opportunity for our students to show off their work in the heart of London to a well informed and inquisitive audience.”

Fine Art and Illustration student, Elena Hall, said:

“Free Range is a fantastic opportunity for newly graduated students like myself to take part in a prominent exhibition in London. We will be able to display our skills to a wide audience as well as being able to make useful contacts.

“This is a chance for us to meet and network with industry professionals who we can learn from, as well as potentially boost our budding careers.”

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Turning off computers saves thousands at Coventry University

A new power management project has saved Coventry University over £2,000 during its first month – equating to more than 11.5 tonnes of CO2. By using an upgraded desktop PC management system, the University’s IT Services department is able to reduce power demand significantly by remotely switching to ‘sleep’ mode any computer that people have forgotten to turn off.

Beginning in April, the energy saving project was rolled out across the campus and after just one month the computers were working 34% more efficiently.

These electricity savings are set to continue each month, but the project doesn’t only save energy– it also saves time by installing essential updates during quiet periods when the computer is not in use. Added to the faster access time, as the PCs do not need to fully ‘boot up’ each morning, the all round performance has been improved for staff and students alike.

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Google’s second annual Big Tent UK took place last Wednesday at the Grove Hotel in Watford. It was an exciting event in the media world and there was a lot going on. Editor of the Buzz, Amel Guettatfi, has kindly supplied a special Buzz about Big Tent UK 2012. Continue reading

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Behind-the-scenes: The Andrew Marr Show

With about 2 million viewers each week the Andrew Marr Show is certainly in the top of Britain’s politics programmes. The following is a collection of personal tweets from this morning’s show, when I had the amazing opportunity of watching all the action behind-the-scenes.

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