Coventry University, UK

Coventry University, UK
Type Disciplines
Private University General
Address Postal Code
Priory Street CV1 5FB
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Coventry University is a post-1992 university in Coventry, UK. Under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992, the institution's name was changed from Coventry Polytechnic to Coventry University. However, its roots can be traced as far back as 1843 to the Coventry College of Design.

The Coventry University 2010 Mission Statement identifies as a core organisational objective the driving forward of the Applied Research agenda. The University classifies Applied Research as activities ranging from traditional research, through to knowledge transfer activities, consultancy and continuing professional development.

Over the history of the University and its predecessors there has been a common theme of working closely with partner organisations who use knowledge and skills to understand and solve real-life problems in order to deliver economic, commercial, environmental, cultural or social benefits.

A Coventry University spin-out company has been shortlisted for The Times Higher Education Supplement’s Business Initiative of the Year award – after being picked out by Sir Richard Branson. Exilica, which has devised a simple method of storing chemicals for later release, is one of five finalists selected by the Virgin boss who is on the judging panel. The winner will be crowned at the Times Higher Awards evening on November 15 at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London.

Exilica is the brainchild of Dr Daniel Lynch, who has created a range of polymer micro-beads and silica nano-shells that act as ‘mini-Tupperware’ containers, storing chemicals and releasing them when required. After seven years of university-based development, Exilica was formed in 2005 to commercialise the technology. Since last September, Exilca has won research contracts from a number of multi-national companies – and is exploring applications such as making fragrances last longer, improving the efficiency of fuel production and controlling drug delivery.

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