Enhancing the student experience through creative and innovative teaching and learning is at the heart of the University’s ethos. Throughout the 2010/11 academic year, we have continued to listen to what is important to our students and to invest in first-class facilities and equipment. Our mission is to provide a high standard academic environment that enables our students to flourish, develop and grow.
Wolverhampton was proud to become only the third University in the UK to have All-Steinway School status. This prestigious recognition for its new multi-million pound Performance Hub means that 90% of the University’s piano stocks are from the renowned Steinway family of brands. Steinway and Sons pianos are widely regarded as the fi nest in the world, and are favoured by top performers such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jnr and used at concert venues such as Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
The University’s strong reputation in arts education was recognised by the Arts Council in 2011. The Black Country Children’s Service Improvement Partnership (BCCSIP), operated by the University, applied for funding to develop arts education across the region.
Over 1,300 applications were received by the national fund, and the University was delighted to secure circa £3.5m over the next three years. A second application to develop community engagement projects at the Arena Theatre to raise aspirations among children also received circa £340,000 over three years.
The School of Health and Wellbeing was one of the first to gain approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council to deliver new education standards. The new standards are critical to enable nurses to develop the skills they need to meet the changing needs of patients. They will help future nurses care for an ageing population, with growing numbers of people with long-term conditions, and meet rising patient expectations.
The University signed a Memorandum of Co-operation with private provider Avoca Systems. Health informatics is the practice of information management and data processing in healthcare, and the Avoca Higher Diploma in Health Informatics is the first qualification to allow professionals in this area to gain a qualification formally recognised as being equivalent to degree level studies through workplace experience.
An online learning tool to enhance the career prospects of Deaf people working in the media industry is being developed alongside European partners. The University’s Institute for Media
Arts secured a £310,000 grant from the Leonardo Da Vinci programme of the European Union for the two-year Sign Media project, which will provide interactive exercises in written English taught through the sign language of each partner country. This will mean there will be three versions of the innovative course, related to British Sign Language (BSL), Italian Sign Language (ISL) and Austrian Sign Language (ASL).