New Student Union Centre opened by Chancellor

New Student Union Centre opened by ChancellorA new-look Student Union Centre has been officially opened at the University of Wolverhampton.

The Ambika Paul Student Union Centre at the Wolverhampton City Campus provides a vibrant environment for students to meet, study and relax.

Situated in the same location as the former Students’ Union, the area has been completely refurbished and re-designed to meet the needs of the student population.

It includes a coffee bar area with comfortable seats and plasma screens, a study zone with computers, meeting rooms and offices for the Students’ Union sabbatical officers.

The Centre was opened by the University’s Chancellor, The Rt Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone, on Friday, 26 November 2010.

The Ambika Paul Foundation, a charitable trust established by Lord Paul in memory of his daughter, donated funds towards the project.

At the opening, Lord Paul unveiled a portrait of Ambika Paul and a plaque naming the new Centre.

Lord Paul said: “Education and student welfare is of paramount importance to the future strength of the nation. I am proud to be Chancellor of the University and I am glad that the Paul family’s foundation has been able to support this facility. I extend my best wishes to all the students and hope they will enjoy using the new Centre as much as I enjoy my association with the University.”

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps, said: “We are delighted to open the Ambika Paul Student Union Centre.

“The student experience is extremely important to us, and we are pleased that we have been able to provide such a bright and comfortable environment for our thriving student community. “

We are also grateful to Lord Paul and the Ambika Paul Foundation for their generous support of this new Centre.”

President of the Students’ Union, Ken Harris, said: “The new Ambika Paul Student Union Centre is a great place for students to meet, chat and study. We surveyed students about what they wanted from their SU and they said a coffee lounge and comfortable study zones, so we are really pleased with the finished result.

“The Centre provides a comfortable and friendly space for the current student body and all the future years of students who will follow in our footsteps.”

The opening was attended by the University staff, Governors, members of the Students’ Union and invited guests.

ENDS

Picture: Left to right: University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps, Students' Union President Ken Harris, Chairman of Governors Michael Elliott and University Chancellor, the Rt Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone PC.

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Date Issued: Friday, 26 November 2010

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