In the quest for smarter solutions, the University of Wolverhampton and industry work hand in hand. Combining talent from both sectors has not only accelerated innovation and advancement, with businesses emerging stronger and more competitive, but the benefit of commercial insight feeds back into the University’s curriculum, ensuring that our graduates are fully prepared to take their place in the knowledge economy.
In 2011, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) at a special event for the business community with invited speaker, Steve Morgan, Chairman of Redrow plc and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
An exhibition showcased the School’s portfolio, collaborations with business, student internships and projects. During its 80 year history, UWBS has been at the forefront of business education developments, leads other UK business schools in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and has gained recognition for the success of its collaborations.
A highly successful collaboration between the University and the Green Roof Tile Company was recognised with a prestigious Lord Stafford Award in 2011.
Developed with help from the University, the company’s revolutionary roofing tile made from recycled polymers won the Innovation for Environmental Sustainability category.
The Green Roof Tile Company and the University have been working together since 2008 to develop a sustainable, yet functionally advanced, product range. This recognition of success is a great endorsement for the collaborative potential between businesses and the University.
An entrepreneurial University of Wolverhampton student, who launched his own business venture alongside his studies, won recognition for his fledgling business.
BA (Hons) Graphic Communication student, Marvin Robinson, launched his clothing brand ‘I am Generic’ in 2011. The business was named one of the UK’s top 100 high-potential start-up companies by Intuit 100Up in the following year.
Like many successful Wolverhampton entrepreneurs, Marvin accessed fi nancial support, business facilities and mentoring through the University’s Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education West Midlands (SPEED WM), which allows students to pursue their entrepreneurial interests alongside study.
In 2012, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with leading automotive company, ZF Lemforder UK Ltd, to develop exciting new training opportunities leading to industry-relevant awards.
The company will work in partnership with the University and Walsall College to design and accredit courses that could lead to vocational qualifi cations and University awards, and to support the delivery of the company’s apprenticeship programme.
The University has an outstanding reputation for the delivery of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
Following a recent partnership between Shropshire-based company, Tough Furniture Ltd, the University gained national attention in 2012, winning the Special Recognition category at The Impact Awards, run by PraxisUnico.
The furniture maker, who design and manufacture products for challenging environments, enlisted the University’s help to revolutionise their design processes which included input from a talented graduate and access to University facilities. Since the KTP was run, the company’s profits have increased by 20 per cent.
The University became the lead for a new knowledge exchange scheme in 2012, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN) is designed to help West Midlands-based SMEs increase their profitability and achieve growth through working with a regional university. The scheme helps businesses recruit a recent graduate, known as an Affiliate, to work full-time on a commercial growth project, developed in association with the University.
The University of Wolverhampton already has a strong track record leading a partnership of regional universities in the highly successful West Midlands Knowledge Transfer Partnerships programme.