University stars named among top 100 Masters

Eight talented figures with close links to the University of Wolverhampton are included in a new list of inspirational people from the Black Country.

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100 Masters is a new campaign produced by Creative Black Country that aims to identify contemporary skilled people from the region and help inspire future talent.

The shortlisted Masters come from a dazzling breadth of backgrounds, ages and areas of the region, and include authors, engineers, athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, brewers and poets.

Among the chosen 100 is Dr Moses Murandu, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at University of Wolverhampton, who is recognised for being a medical pioneer. His research into the healing powers of sugar on wounds has earned him numerous international accolades and the treatment is being trialled for use within the NHS. 

He said: “It is an honour to be recognised and named as one of the 100 Masters within Black Country. Pioneering this work was not easy as there were lots of discouragements and encouragements along the way. I had to listen to the encouragements. Seeing patients regain their quality of life back after the treatment makes me happy.”

Dr Ranjit Khutan, Head of the Department for Public Health at University, is also on the prestigious list. Dr Khutan has worked to improve public health in and around the Black Country for over 20 years. He began to use the arts in his own public health practice with BAME and LGBT communities, devising and writing plays performed in local spaces and regional theatres.

He said: “I am delighted to be included in this list and for my contributions in public health to be recognised. Throughout my career I have aimed to analyse, explain and reframe discourse and evidence in public health, so it's great to see that the role and impact of the arts in health is gaining recognition. I hope my achievements will inspire public health trainees as well as those already in practice.”

Also celebrating is current student Lauren Johnson, the Black Country’s first professional female boxer. Before turning pro, Lauren was England’s Boxing middleweight champion. As an amateur Lauren won a Midlands title, English title and a senior national ABA title and is believed to be the country’s only vegan fighter.

Five graduates of the University are also recognised. Fine artist Cornelia Parker, who was nominated for the Turner Prize, studied at Wolverhampton Polytechnic from 1975-78 and has spoken of the influence the city has had on her work.

Oscar winning special effects artist Peter Bebb is well known for his work on The Dark Knight trilogy, and won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for the film Inception.

Art director Daniel Westwood has worked with top brands such as BBC, Chanel, Coca-Cola, Channel 4, Fiat, Microsoft and Selfridges on marketing campaigns and product designs.

Wolverhampton-based writer, poet, workshop-facilitator and comedian Emma Purshouse is also on the list. She is a multiple slam winner and has appeared at literature festivals and spoken word nights across the country, including featured artist slots for Apples and Snakes and Bang Said the Gun.

Dean Melbourne is a fine artist and has exhibited internationally with Coates and Scarry at ART14, ART15, Context Miami 2015, Art Central Hong Kong, and held two Solo Exhibitions in London. He has also recently developed a relationship with Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh and exhibited new work at The London Art Fair 2017.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “We are proud of the achievements of all of our staff, students and alumni and are delighted that so many have been recognised on the 100 Masters list. The Black Country is an area rich in industrial and creative history, and it is great to see contemporary talent and skills being celebrated in this way.”

One master a day is being announced over 100 days on the website: www.100masters.co.uk. The public will get the chance to get up close to some of the Masters who be appearing at a special Expo on Saturday, 25 November at Starworks in Wolverhampton. The event will include a ‘Masters Market’, showcasing some of their innovative works, alongside Masters workshops, a specially curated food market and family events throughout the day.

For further details follow: @100Masters on Twitter.

Further information

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: Monday, 04 September 2017

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