A year of outstanding accomplishment

Annual Report 2007

Distinguished visitors

The former Home Secretary David Blunkett covered everything from the war in Iraq to the growth of ladette culture during a colourful debate at the University of Wolverhampton. Mr Blunkett answered questions posed to him by an audience of students after giving a lecture entitled: Can Democracy Live Up to the Challenges of the 21st Century? Mr Blunkett admitted to the packed audience that "Being told that people from Westminster only ever visit places like Oxford and Cambridge and not Wolverhampton was like a red rag to a bull, so I was delighted to be invited here."

 

Professor Hanna Ulatowska, a child survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp relived her harrowing wartime experiences when she addressed the audience at the University of Wolverhampton Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture. Professor Ulatowska was 11 when she and her family were rounded up and sent on a terrifying train journey to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

 

During the last seven years, the University of Texas at Dallas professor has ‘returned’ to Auschwitz to study the testimonies of survivors of the camp. She has presented the findings of the testimonial investigations at various international conferences and public lectures in both the US and Europe.

 

Former BBC war correspondent and politician Martin Bell delivered a public lecture at the University based on his new book, The Truth That Sticks. Martin Bell treated the audience to an analysis of Britain’s New Labour years, including the decision to go to war in Iraq, deployment of troops to Afghanistan and the role of electoral reform.

 

Martin Bell, who reported from 90 countries and 11 wars as a BBC war correspondent, visited Iraq and Afghanistan as part of his research for the new book.

Student success

The outstanding work of two University of Wolverhampton students was recognised during the West Midlands final of the Graduate Advantage Student Placement Programme. First place in the competition to find the Most Outstanding Student of the Year went to Hazel Perks, who is studying for her Masters in Human Resource Management while Chris Higley, a BA (Hons) International Business Management student secured second place.

 

Both students took part in the Graduate Advantage Student Placement Programme and excelled during their time with their host companies.

 

Rugs designed by University of Wolverhampton students made a huge impact at a competition organised by rug suppliers Hill & Co. Competition judge Nicola Gidlow, Rug Buyer for John Lewis, felt that the entries from students studying at the University’s School of Art & Design were good enough to sell at branches of the top department store.

 

Interior Textiles degree student Suky Kaur Badyal, had five of her designs bought and turned into hand-tufted wool rugs. They are now being sold in selected John Lewis department stores across the country.

 

David Chidlow, who has just completed his final year in Product Design (Furniture), has designed recyclable, flat pack furnishings that could revolutionise university residences. David, from Worcester, recently exhibited his prototype at the Degree Show exhibition at the School of Art & Design.

 

David’s innovative set of drawers is made from corrugated cardboard, with plastic fixings, and could be decorated by students to individualise them. The drawers can be sent out in flat pack form to students before they start university and can be recycled when they reach the end of their shelf life.