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The HDRC Coventry is a collaboration between Coventry City Council, Coventry University, University of Warwick and a range of partners within the community and voluntary sectors, with support from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and University College London.

Find out more about the HDRC Collaborators

Coventry City Council

Coventry City Council serves the people, communities, and businesses in one of the largest cities in the West Midlands and works to improve the lives of those who live, work and study in the city - including over 355,000 residents.

The One Coventry Plan sets out the vision and priorities for the city, based on the councils’ commitments to the people of Coventry and the things that residents have told them are most important. The plans three key delivery priorities are: improving outcomes and tackling inequalities within communities, improving the economic prosperity of the city and regions and tackling the causes and consequences of climate change.

Coventry University

This is a global, modern university with a mission of Creating Better Futures.

With a proud tradition of innovative teaching and learning, Coventry University has world-class campus facilities, the UK’s first standalone 5G network and a digital community of learning. Our students are part of a global network that has 50,000 learners studying Coventry University degrees in more than 40 different countries and partnerships with 150 higher education providers worldwide.

We have greatly increased our research capacity and ability with a focus on impactful research, delivered for and with partners, to address real-world challenges and support business and communities to develop and grow.

Warwick University

Born in the 60s with a mindset of boldness, imagination and collaboration, the University of Warwick is a world-leading research-intensive university with the highest academic and research standards. 92% of our research is assessed to be ‘world leading or internationally excellent’*, and in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) we’ve been awarded Gold in all three areas: student experience, student outcomes, and overall**. 

* Research Excellence Framework 2021
** Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW)

This is one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in the UK, comprising University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby and working in partnership with Warwick University Medical School and Coventry University.

It has more than 10,000 staff and delivers services across the West Midlands region. This includes hosting region-wide services such as the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network and Bowel Cancer Screening programme. University Hospital is also a designated Major Trauma Centre.

The UCL Institute of Health Equity

The Institute of Health Equity, directed by Prof. Sir. Michael Marmot, is a leading research institute on health inequalities. The Institute conducts research and provides advice to policy makers and local practitioners on the social determinants of health, the causes of the causes – factors that explain the variations in health behaviours and outcomes that lead to wide socio-economic variation in health outcomes. The Institute has been successful in translating research into policy and action on the ground. Working across Europe, and the World, IHE are considered the experts, typically IHE clients include WHO and national governments.

Voluntary Sector Partners 

There is a wide range of partners within the community and voluntary sectors, including:

Central England Law Centre

Central England Law Centre provides free specialist legal advice to those most in need and uses legal processes to fight inequality. They advocate for people, challenge unfair decisions, take cases to the highest courts and work in partnerships with other support services.

Coventry Citizens Advice

Coventry Citizens Advice has been part of the fabric of the city of Coventry for over 80 years. We help people solve their individual problems and build resilience for the future. Research shows that by receiving advice, clients see a reduction in stress and an improvement in their finances.

Coventry Independent Advice Service

Coventry Independent Advice Service offers free debt and benefits, community-based advice in Coventry. We hold the Advice Quality Standard, a nationally recognised quality mark for organisations providing free, independent advice to members of the public.

Foleshill Women’s Training (FWT)

Foleshill Women’s Training (FWT) are an award-winning women-only organisation with 30 years' experience of in removing barriers facing women from Coventry and the surrounding areas. They offer a culturally sensitive and appropriate place for all women to access Education, Training, Healthcare and Employment Opportunities, and be empowered and enabled in moving forward.


Grapevine helps all kinds of people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage in Coventry and Warwickshire. Grapevine strengthens people, sparks action and shifts power across services.

The Highlife Centre

The Highlife Centre is a forward-looking organisation committed to addressing disadvantage and inequality by developing and increasing entrepreneurial aspirations, knowledge, skills and resilience of people at the margins of society.

Voluntary Action Coventry

Voluntary Action Coventry exists to promote and support social action and community resilience in Coventry, strengthening communities, building capability and improving the quality of life for residents in the city.


The NIHR Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) Coventry is part of the NIHR and hosted by Coventry City Council.

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