The University of Wolverhampton

of 2007

Annual Report 2007

Defining moments of 2007

January

- Child survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Hanna Ulatowska, describes her harrowing wartime experiences at the University of Wolverhampton Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture.

- The state-of-the-art Research Centre for Sport, Exercise and Performance is officially opened at Walsall Campus.

- Computer scientist and mathematician Professor Mike Thelwall, is named third most influential British researcher for information science and librarianship.

- The national Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education (SPEED) project is officially launched at Leicester’s National Space Centre.

February

- The University of Wolverhampton’s new degree in Public Relations was given full approval by the prestigious professional industry body the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

- Figures reveal that language initiatives run by the University of Wolverhampton have led to a surge in young people studying languages across the region.

- Hundreds of students celebrate their graduation at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.

March

- The University of Wolverhampton’s e-Innovation Centre (e-IC) is singled out for praise in a report carried out by the National Audit Office for its crucial role in boosting the region’s economy.

- Experts from the University’s IT Futures Centre (ITFC) are recognised for their role in developing a 3D scanner for assessing the impact of body shape and weight on health.

- The University of Wolverhampton’s School of Art & Design showcases its outstanding new facilities at an official opening, joined by prestigious guests from the world of art.

April

- The University announces that scientists from the University of Wolverhampton's Research Institute in Healthcare Science have helped set up the country’s largest brain tumour research group.

- Orangutan Diary TV presenter Steve Leonard delivers a public lecture to a packed University audience about his encounters with wild animals across the world.

- The University holds a special event for Vaisakhi; attractions include live martial arts, a classical instruments workshop and a Sikh temple awareness trip.

- The University is awarded ‘Grade 1: Outstanding’ for the quality of its secondary school teacher training.

May

- The University of Wolverhampton announces the appointment of three new Deans at the Schools of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure; Health; and Education to drive forward its strategic vision.

- Senior Lecturer in Law, Mike Williams, calls for legal reforms to protect artefacts found on shipwrecks following the discovery of a record haul of silver and gold 40 miles off Land’s End.

- Olympic medallist Kriss Akabusi gives an inspiring and highly entertaining talk to more than 100 delegates at a leadership seminar at the University of Wolverhampton.

June

- The University officially opens its West and Central Africa Regional Office (WACARO) in Nigeria.

- 72-year-old grandmother Olive Wynter-Philp realises her ambition to learn British Sign Language in order to talk to her profoundly deaf son after completing a module at the University.

- University Open Day is hailed a huge success, with almost 2,000 people attending the event.

July

- Eye-catching two-part sculptures created by Andre Wallace are officially unveiled in Deanery Place, City Campus.

- Dr Christine Hockings receives a National Teaching Fellowship for Rewarding Excellence from the Higher Education Academy for her innovative teaching and research.

- Former Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Boris Johnson, spends a day at the University and praises its “breakthrough” research and regional engagement.

- University of Wolverhampton student Laura McLintic has a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience of reading her moving poem about an unknown First World War soldier in front of the Queen.

August

- The School of Engineering and the Built Environment develops what is believed to be the first specialist undergraduate degree course in the world focused on Architectural Visualisation.

- A University of Wolverhampton expert, John Traxler, who specialises in using mobile phones and hand-held computers as a learning tool, shares his knowledge with computer giant Microsoft.

- Student halls of residence at the University’s picturesque Compton Park Campus are given a £600,000 facelift in preparation for the new academic year.

September

- Mother and daughter Lynne and Laura Hewitt both enroll on their degree courses at the University.

- Sarah Brown, founder of children’s charity PiggyBankKids, performs the official opening of the University’s new teaching and administration building after receiving an honorary degree from the University’s School of Applied Sciences.

- Vanessa Judd collects her first class honours degree during a ceremony at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre just a day after giving birth to her son, Daniel.

October

- University lecturer Steve Prowse wins a gold medal at the 2007 International Paralympic Committee Archery World Championships in Korea.

- The Government announces that Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Geoff Hampton, is appointed as Chief Adviser of the new Black Country Challenge, aimed at raising standards in schools across the most deprived areas of the West Midlands.

- The University’s £7m e-Innovation Centre (e-IC) officially opens at Telford Campus.

- Former Indian President, Dr APJ Kalam, receives an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science during a special ceremony. 

November

- The University of Wolverhampton scoops two prestigious Lord Stafford Awards, in recognition of its excellent work with businesses.

- Deaffest 2007, takes place at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. - The University continues to play a key role in the success of the UK’s only Deaf-led Film and Television Festival.

- Former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell visits the University of Wolverhampton to talk about his new book.

December

- The University’s financial support package, the Regional Cashback Bursary, is highly commended at the Times Higher Awards 2007.

- The Halesowen Education Trust, a pioneering project to transform educational opportunities in the Halesowen area, is officially launched in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton.

- University of Wolverhampton students showcase their creations on the catwalk during the opening of the Clothes Show Live 2007 at Birmingham NEC.