University to open new information and advice centre to public

The University bought the former Varsity pub, which sits on the corner of its City Campus at the junction of Stafford Street and Wulfruna Street last year.

It will house an advice centre for people who want to find out more about the University and need guidance on what courses to study, finance or assistance with the application process.

After a number of months of building and renovation the building is reopening as The Gateway@The George.

The ground floor of the building will be open to the public for advice and guidance as well as a University Shop – selling University merchandise, gifts and memorabilia, varsity clothing and graduation gifts.

The other two floors will be used as offices for staff from the Office of the Dean of Students and the International Centre.

Dean of Students Jon Elsmore said: “It is a historic building in a fantastic location in the centre of Wolverhampton and we’re looking forward to getting people in through the doors.

“The aim of The Gateway@The George is to act as the shop front of the University where we can sit down and help people with applications, finances or simply advice on what courses we offer.

“Anyone who is interested in applying to the University this September can drop in and talk to our advisers about full time and part-time courses.

“All the staff are genuinely excited about what we’re doing and being able to offer to the public.”

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer said: “It’s really nice to see the hoardings coming off the building and fresh life being breathed into it. It’s a landmark building in the city and we’re really pleased to have it as part of our campus.

“As the opportunity university we felt it was important to invest in comprehensive, accessible facilities where advice and guidance for young people and adults was available in one central location.

“We expect it to start getting busy more or less straight away, especially as people are finishing A-Levels and we’d urge anyone who is interested in coming to university to come and see us.

“We’ll have advisors on hand to talk to them and help them with the application process. The message is that it’s not too late to secure a place at the University of Wolverhampton for September.”

The new facility is part of the University of Wolverhampton’s ongoing redevelopment of its campus in the city centre.

This includes the creation of a new science building in Stafford Street and a planned new business school building in Molineux Street.

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For more information please contact James Allen in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003

Date Issued: Friday 14 June 2013

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