The University of Wolverhampton is investing £1m as part
of its aim to improve facilities for students and
Work is underway to redevelop the Students’ Union
at the University’s City Campus and to create a new SU bar at its
Walsall campus in Gorway Road.
Changing rooms at the University City Sports Centre are also
being revamped, a new social lounge being created at Telford and
improvements are being made to staff and student social and work
spaces at City Campus’ Millennium City building.
The investment is part of a drive to improve the campus
environment and the experience for students.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, Professor
Geoff Layer, said: “We are committed to providing the best
facilities we can for our students and staff.
“Over the years we have invested heavily in our learning and
teaching spaces. Now we are investing in our social spaces to give
our students the best possible experience we can.
“We have worked closely with the Students’ Union to find out
directly from students what they want and how we enhance their time
“Aside from having up to date and pleasant learning facilities,
students also want access to the best social and sports
The redevelopment of the Ambika Paul Students’ Union will
involve creating a communications and media suite, an IT workshop
and retail counter to provide support and repairs for equipment,
creation of a meeting space, large events space and student lounge
and juice bar.
The bar at Walsall will add to the Students’ Union facility at
that campus and provide a seven-day-a-week operation, subject to
Dan Batchelor, President of the University of Wolverhampton
Students’ Union said: “During the summer period the Students’ Union
has undergone a number of changes which we believe will appeal to
our ever evolving student body.
“In Walsall, from September onwards, we will be offering a new
bar service in addition to the coffee and refreshments already on
offer in our Squeeze Box Juice Bar. Our City Campus space will also
be undergoing a major transformation, with the addition of a coffee
and refreshment service which will mirror the Juice Bar in
“Our refurbishment will also encompass a brand new area which
will house our new media societies; these being a student newspaper
and a student online radio service. This refurbishment sets an
unprecedented level of investment in the organisation which
demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the overall student
“We are confident the work on our social spaces will create an
environment in which students will be able to relax, make new
friends and explore new experiences.”
Building work has been taking place during the summer so as to
keep disruption to a minimum and it is expected the majority of the
projects will be completed in time for the new academic year in
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Date Issued: Wednesday 22 August 2012
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