The IoC is a joint venture by some of the UK’s leading universities to aim to deliver exceptional learning content to a larger, more diverse, and ever more vocational student base.
|Coventry University is a dynamic and outward-looking institution with a tradition of teaching excellence, impactful research and bold international partnerships.
Through Coventry’s worldwide network of collaborators in academia and industry, the 50,000 learners studying its degrees in different countries enjoy access to global opportunities which ensure their employment prospects are enhanced. The university is recognised internationally for its expertise in health, peacebuilding and agroecology, and for the world-leading calibre of its engineering and design graduates – particularly in the automotive field.
|The university is organised across four faculties: engineering and design, humanities and social science, management and science. It has gained particular recognition for its research facilities and in 2014 the Research Excellence Framework graded 87% of Bath’s research activities as being ‘world leading/internationally excellent’.
Employment rates for graduates are higher than average, something the university attributes to the work placements offered with every degree course and its emphasis on practical, ‘real life’ skills that employers value.
|UWE prides itself on being a diverse university in one of the UK’s most desirable cities.
Its mission is to provide professionally-recognised and practice-oriented programmes, with strong industry networks and a global outlook and approach.
Boasting links with over 1,000 businesses and organisations, UWE cites close working partnerships with employers such as CERN, Rolls Royce, the NHS and BBC, which support the university in developing relevant course content and offering its students various professional opportunities.
UWE has research strengths in several areas ranging from robotics and big data, to appearance issues and children’s literature.
|Offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD degrees, students can choose to study subjects such as accounting and law, business management, computing, journalist, fine art, humanities, biology, geography, social science, education and sports. Gloucestershire also offers two year “fast-track” courses in subjects such as law and business, which allows students to enter the workplace or further training faster and at a lower cost.
Your Future Plan is the university’s scheme to guarantee every undergraduate student support to formulate a personal career plan, which they begin working on in their first year of study. It works to develop their presentation skills, volunteering, completing internships and work placements, working on live briefs and running sports teams and social clubs and societies.
|The University of Exeter is a public research university based in Exeter, South West England. A member of the Russell Group of UK universities, it combines excellence in teaching and research. It was awarded gold in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of the high quality of its teaching. 98% of its research was rated as international quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). Its motto is Lucem sequimur (we follow the light).|
|Home to more than 20,000 students from 155 nationalities, the university’s five campuses are all situated in the heart of the capital. Its main campus at Mile End, in London’s fashionable East End, is the biggest self-contained university campus anywhere in the city.
With international students making up 40 per cent of the total student population, the university prides itself on having a vibrant, multicultural community with programmes in place, including help with English, to support overseas students. It also offers students assistance with job-hunting via the university’s own jobs website.
A member of the Russell Group of research-led universities, QMUL was ranked 9th among UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. It scores consistently highly in other global league tables and was in The Sunday Times’ top ten UK universities for highest graduate starting salaries.
|It is world-leading in several areas of research, including pharmacy, engineering, sports and exercise sciences, education and social work. It was the first educational institution in the area to install a digital computer. The PDP8 model was so large a crane was needed to haul it through the roof of the building in which it was to be housed. Also home to the National Glass Centre, students can watch free glass blowing demonstrations and study glass and ceramics.|
|The university is made up of five schools: Engineering and Applied Science, Life and Health Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences, the Aston Medical School and the Aston Business School. It has a total student body of over 11,000 students, comprising around 9,000 undergraduates and more than 2,000 postgraduates. Aston boasts strong links to industry and business and in 2012 The Telegraph newspaper ranked Aston among the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires.
It also has partnerships in place with more than 140 universities in 40 different countries, including China, Hong Kong and India.
|Today it is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education, offering flexible learning to 18,000 students who predominantly study for their courses on a part-time basis and fit them around employment and family life.
Birkbeck is also a renowned research institution: 73% of its research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
|Lancaster University is a collegiate university in the UK city of Lancaster and a member of the N8 Research Partnership: an association of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England. Lancaster has a strong reputation globally. In addition to numerous international research partnerships, Lancaster has four strategic partnerships teaching validated Lancaster degrees overseas in Ghana, China, Malaysia and Germany|
|MMU prides itself on strong partnerships with businesses and organisations at a regional, national and international level, and which include the BBC and IBM. Many of its degree courses include a year-long work placement with these organisations – something the university believes aids its high employment rate for graduates. ‘Promoting diversity’ is listed among the university core values, as is an emphasis on vocational education and employability.|