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University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. It was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education. Within the University, Warwick Business School was established in 1967, Warwick Law School was established in 1968, Warwick Manufacturing Group was established in 1980 and Warwick Medical School was opened in 2000. Warwick incorporated Coventry College of Education in 1979 and Horticulture Research International in 2004. Warwick is based on a 290 ha campus on the outskirts of Coventry, with a satellite campus in Wellesbourne and a central London base at the Shard, it is organised into three faculties—Arts, Science Engineering and Medicine, Social Sciences—within which there are 32 departments. As of 2019, Warwick has 2,492 academic and research staff, it had a consolidated income of £631.5 million in 2017/18, of which £126.5 million was from research grants and contracts.

Warwick Arts Centre, a multi-venue arts complex in the university's main campus, is the largest venue of its kind in the UK outside London. Warwick ranks in the top ten of all major domestic rankings of British universities. Warwick is ranked 7th in the UK for its research, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 by GPA. Warwick is cited as amongst the UK's most targeted university institutions by employers and was the world's third best young university in 2015. Warwick has an average intake of 4,950 undergraduates out of 38,071 applicants. In 2017, Warwick was named as the university with the joint second highest graduate employment rate of any UK university, with 97.7 per cent of its graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation. Warwick is a member of AACSB, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, EQUIS, the European University Association, the Midlands Innovation group, the Russell Group and Universities UK, it is the only European member of the Center for Urban Science and Progress, a collaboration with New York University.

The university has extensive commercial activities, including the University of Warwick Science Park and Warwick Manufacturing Group. The idea for a university in Warwickshire was first mooted shortly after World War II, although it was not founded for a further two decades. A partnership of the city and county councils provided the impetus for the university to be established on a 400-acre site jointly granted by the two authorities. There was some discussion between local sponsors from both the city and county over whether it should be named after Coventry or Warwickshire; the name "University of Warwick" was adopted though Warwick, the county town, lies some 8 miles to its southwest and Coventry's city centre is only 3.5 miles northeast of the campus. The establishment of the University of Warwick was given approval by the government in 1961 and it received its Royal Charter of Incorporation in 1965. Since the university has incorporated the former Coventry College of Education in 1979 and has extended its land holdings by the continuing purchase of adjoining farm land.

The university benefited from a substantial donation from the family of Jack Martin, which enabled the construction of the Warwick Arts Centre. The university admitted a small intake of graduate students in 1964 and took its first 450 undergraduates in October 1965. Since its establishment Warwick has expanded its grounds to 721 acres, with many modern buildings and academic facilities and woodlands. In the 1960s and 1970s, Warwick had a reputation as a politically radical institution. Under Vice-Chancellor Lord Butterworth, Warwick was the first UK university to adopt a business approach to higher education, develop close links with the business community and exploit the commercial value of its research; these tendencies were discussed by British historian and then-Warwick lecturer, E. P. Thompson, in his 1970 edited book Warwick University Ltd.. The Leicester Warwick Medical School, a new medical school based jointly at Warwick and Leicester University, opened in September 2000. On the recommendation of Tony Blair, Bill Clinton chose Warwick as the venue for his last major foreign policy address as US President in December 2000.

Sandy Berger, Clinton’s National Security Advisor, explaining the decision in a press briefing on 7 December 2000, said that: "Warwick is one of Britain's newest and finest research universities, singled out by Prime Minister Blair as a model both of academic excellence and independence from the government." The university was seen as a favoured institution of the Labour government during the New Labour years. It was academic partner for a number of flagship Government schemes including the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth and the NHS University. Tony Blair described Warwick as "a beacon among British universities for its dynamism and entrepreneurial zeal". In a 2012 study by Virgin Media Business, Warwick was described as the most "digitally-savvy" UK university. In February 2001, IBM donated a new S/390 computer and software worth £2 million to Warwick, to form part of a "Grid" enabling users to remotely share computing power. In April 2004 Warwick merged with the Wellesbourne and Kirton sites of Horticulture Research International.

In July 2004 Warwick was the location for an important agreement between the Labour Party and the trade unions on Labour policy and trade union law, which has subsequently become known as the "Warwick Agreement". In June 2006 the new University Hospital Cove

Rosie Wilby

Rosie Wilby is an English comedian and singer songwriter based in South London. Born in Liverpool, Wilby grew up in Ormskirk, studied at the University of York, where one of her contemporaries was fellow comic Zoe Lyons. Moving to North London in 1993, Wilby secured a place on the ft2 Film and Television freelance training scheme and worked on shows including Later... with Jools Holland, was an extra in British television drama The Politician's Wife. She went on to work on the BFI/Maya Vision co-production A Bit of Scarlet, before becoming a trainee reporter on BBC Radio 5's Out This Week. Between 1997 and 2000, she was a regular music journalist for Time Out London, as well as writing for NME, had her own column called "Rosie's Pop Diary" in the now defunct Making Music magazine; as a music journalist, she interviewed, among others, Beth Orton, Suzanne Vega and the band Muse. In 1996 she formed a band named Wilby, which released an album entitled Precious Hours in July 2000 on her own label, Cat Flap Recordings.

The album launch gig at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club was reviewed in The Guardian, who praised Wilby's "glorious" voice. Rosie went solo and supported artists including Bob Geldof, Jamie Cullum, Midge Ure, Glenn Tilbrook and John Grant's band The Czars, she performed on the Left Field stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2005. In 2004, after positive comments about her between song banter, she entered the stand-up competition So You Think You're Funny and got through to the semi-finals, she reached the Laughing Horse competition semi-finals in 2005 and the Funny Women final in 2006, held at the Comedy Store, compered by Shappi Khorsandi. Other finalists that year included Susan Calman. In 2007, Wilby reached the final of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and the semi-finals of the Amused Moose competition, she has taken several shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour around the UK, including a spoof lecture about memory called "I am Nesia" and another spoof lecture about sex, "The Science of Sex", which won a Fringe Report Award 2010 and saw her being invited on to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Loose Ends.

The show was revived in 2012 for two performances at the 2012 Green Man Festival in Wales. Her follow-up show, "Rosie's Pop Diary", was based on her music career and became "How to Make it in Britpop", she spoke about it with Libby Purves on BBC Radio 4's Midweek. In 2011, she co-wrote and co-starred in the short film The Bride and Bride, alongside fellow comic Sarah Campbell, screened at the 2011 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In 2012, she appeared at the Bloomsbury Theatre alongside Jen Brister, Zoe Lyons and Susan Calman in aid of a Stonewall UK charity event, headlined by Sarah Millican. In August 2012, Wilby appeared alongside Jenny Eclair and Ellie Taylor at the Hackney Empire, part of the season "Ha Ha Hackney"; every year from 2006 to 2012 she appeared at Homotopia Festival in Liverpool, where Diva Magazine editor Jane Czyzselska described her as a "lesbian Eddie Izzard". She now performs in comedy clubs across the UK and has performed at Polari literary salon with Paul Burston in 2012 and at the South Bank Women of the World Festival in 2013.

Wilby has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour and Loose Ends, BBC Radio 5, LBC and BBC London, but is best known for presenting a weekly LGBT magazine show, Out in South London, on London-based non-profit community radio station Resonance FM. Notable guests on the show have included k.d lang, Sarah Waters, Peter Tatchell. Wilby appears in the Sound Women 200 List featuring women working in the radio industry. Wilby has written about being an lesbian performer, her sexuality features in her creative output, she wrote an article for The Guardian on being a lesbian comedian and an article in the Independent Online about "coming out". In 2011 she performed a fusion of stand up and film called I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas at the Rich Mix in East London, which explored why Christmas is a far from conventional time for people who are LGBT. Rosie Wilby official website Rosie Wilby Chortle profile Rosie Wilby Huffington Post profile Interview with Rosie Wilby in British Comedy Guide Interview in Liverpool Echo

Margaret de Vere

Margaret de Vere was an English noblewoman, a daughter of John de Vere, 7th Earl of Oxford and his wife Maud de Badlesmere. Margaret was a daughter of 7th Earl of Oxford and his wife Maud de Badlesmere, her date of birth is uncertain. Margaret's first marriage was to 3rd Baron Beaumont, they had one child: 4th Baron Beaumont. Henry died on 25 July 1369, leaving extensive property in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire. On 26 October 1369, the escheator of Lincolnshire was ordered to deliver to Margaret the manors of Heckington and Stewton along with two messuages at Lincoln, which the King had assigned to her as her dower; the King had taken Margaret's oath. It appears that Margaret's claims to a share of Henry's assets were not resolved until much as on 14 October 1375 her attorneys were instructed in relation to her claims for dower. Margaret's second husband was Sir Nicholas de Loveyne; as their son Nicholas was described as aged “5 years and more” in 1375, his parents had married at the end of 1369 or early in 1370.

Margaret and Nicholas had two children: Nicholas de Loveyne Margaret de Loveyne Sir Nicholas died on 24 September 1375. Margaret's third marriage was to Sir John Devereux, their two children were: John Devereux Joan DevereuxSir John Devereux died on 22 February 1392/3. On 25 February 1393/4, the escheator of Buckinghamshire was instructed to assign dower to Margaret, as widow of Sir John. Margaret died in 1398. Contemporary sources differ about the precise date. One of the writs that were issued on 20 June for an Inquisition Post Mortem stated that she had died on the Tuesday after the Nativity of John the Baptist. However, another two writs dated 20 June give her date of death as Saturday after St Barnabas, the more credible version. Margaret was buried at Greyfriars, along with her third husband, in a raised tomb between the Common and Jesus altars. On 12 October 1398, the escheators of Berkshire, Dorset, Essex and Suffolk were ordered to take into custody on behalf of the King land that Margaret had held at the time of her death