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Malaysia Partnership Event in Kuala Lumpur

The University of Wolverhampton hosted a special event in Malaysia to celebrate its work with international partners in increasing access to higher education.  The University has partners across the globe and the event in Kuala Lumpur aimed to bring them together to share ideas, network and enhance understanding of education.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer and other senior staff from the University attended the Bringing Education to the World event from 2-4 June 2015.  Memorandums of Understanding were signed with Erican College, University of Malaysia Sabbah and Podar Education Group.


International Fair 2015 

Group of pictures from the International Fair 2015The International Fair 2015 took place on 24 April from 11am-3pm at the Wolverhampton City Campus in the main quadrant.  This annual event was to celebrate internationalisation within the University of Wolverhampton.  The Fair was a celebration of different cultures featuring music, dance and traditional food from fifteen different countries:‌

Brazil | Cameroon | China | Cyprus | Dominican Republic | France | India

Italy | Mexico | Morocco | Nigeria | Romania | Spain | UK | Zimbabwe

The International Fair brought together University staff and students to celebrate the diversity of cultures in the University, showcasing arts, customs and traditions.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton officially opened the event.

The festival enabled visitors to try dishes from different cuisines, learn more about other cultures and customs and take part in fun workshops as part of a day celebrating diversity, heritage and multiculturalism.

The day’s events included performances from:

•             Caprio dancers entertaining us with Brazilian street dancing,

•             The Bhangra Society showing us their moves

•             Bollywood dancing

•             Samba and Latin dancers

All of whom offered the opportunity of a workshop for our audience to join in.

The feedback from the event has been very positive with a request to host one every month!


University of Wolverhampton awards prize to Jaipur Marathon runner

Jaipur Marathon - Geoff LayerThe Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton - Professor Geoff Layer OBE - presented the University of Wolverhampton prize for the top Indian female runner in the Jaipur Marathon in India on Sunday 25th January.  

Jaipur Marathon - Jo Gittens and Pragyat Singh

The delagation from the University of Wolverhampton included the Director, International - Jo Gittens and South Asia ‌Regional Office Head - Pragyat Singh both of whom took part in the marathon.  ‌




 New Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 

MoU, Sangam UniversityThis Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sangam University and the University of Wolverhampton has been signed with the objective of fostering collaboration between the two institutions to promote academic and research interactions as well as scientific cooperation. The two institutions have agreed to explore and implement mutually rewarding viable initiatives focused on, among others, areas of academic cooperation which include Student exchange for study, research, or work internships; Collaborative research; Co-sponsorship of academic projects, and conferences; Sharing of scientific information on areas of mutual interest; Development of special academic programs of mutual interest as well as other academic collaboration including curriculum and faculty exchange.

The MoU was signed by Prof BR Natarajan President (Vice Chancellor) on behalf of Sangam University and Professor Geoff Layer Vice Chancellor (who has recently been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the region) on behalf of University of Wolverhampton, UK.                                      

Delegation from the University of Wolverhampton to visit India

Jaipur Marathon

Far right: Laurence Foure (Head of International Recruitment), Robert Davies (UoW Representative), Madhu Uttam (Vice President of Ultra Tech Cement), Suresh Mishra (Organiser of Jaipur Marathon)





The University of Wolverhampton will be visiting Rajasthan from 21st January until 26th January 2015. The delegation includes the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton Geoff Layer along with the Director, International Jo Gittens and the Head of International Recruitment Laurence Foure. During this time the Vice-Chancellor will be aiding the start of the Jaipur Marathon in Rajasthan on 25th January 2015. The event will start at 7.00am from Albert Hall and is expected to have 10,000 people taking part.  The audience of 40,000-50,000 people will include Bollywood stars Sonam Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Pulkit Samrat but to name a few!

BSF Camel ContingentThe Vice-Chancellor will be a guest of the Governor of Rajasthan for the Republic Day Parade on 26th January 2015.  Republic Day is one of three national holidays in India and is the celebration of the Constitution of India.  The parade comprises of marching and mounted contingents, various military vehicles, military bands, cultural tableaux and aircraft in addition to cultural performers and schoolchildren, India's Republic Day Parade in New Delhi is the most spectacular regular parade in the world.




University of Wolverhampton to host mobile learning workshop in Kazakhstan

Using mobile devices such as smartphones in education will be the focus of a special workshop hosted by the University of Wolverhampton in Kazakhstan.

Almaty UniversityThe three-day event aims to share research and expertise in the area of mobile learning, which involves devices such as MP3 players, laptops and tablets. 

The workshop, from February 11th to 13th will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and is funded by the British Council.

Professor in mobile learning John Traxler is a leading expert in the area. He said: “The workshop aims to combine British experience with the possibilities mobile learning offers for Kazakhstan.


“Mobile learning has the power to transform the education experience for children and young people in the country, providing access to online sources and global information."

The workshop has been organised in collaboration with Almaty Management university. As well as contributions from early career researchers, there will be insights from experienced mentors and from the British Council.


Dominican Republic Student scoops UK construction award

Angelica Salas and GuestA University of Wolverhampton student from the Dominican Republic has won a national award for an essay she wrote on construction management

Angelica Salas was among 23 students from the Central American country who came to Wolverhampton last year to study Masters programs as part of an initiative sponsored by her government.

Angelica (22), who is from Santo Domingo, is studying an MSc in Civil Engineering Management and was encouraged to enter the national student essay competition run by the Joint Tribunals Commission (JCT).

Working to the title of What can be done to simplify construction? her entry looked at how the concepts of lean construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) could be applied to the design stages of a project to simplify the whole construction process.

Judges picked out her essay as the outstanding entry and Angelica received a £1,000 cash prize at an awards ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on Thursday 12 June 2014, beating off competition from students from Kings College, London and University of Cambridge.

Angelica said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had been picked out as the winner. When I entered I never even considered that my entry may win.

“It feels amazing to know that I have won a competition open to students from across the UK. My family and friends went crazy when I told them the news.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the University of Wolverhampton, it really has been a great opportunity. The weather and life is very different than back home but it has been easy to adapt to.”

When Angelica finishes her course in October she plans to stay in Wolverhampton to do a PhD in transport at the University.

She added: This is an area I have become very interested in during my MSc and I think that I can gain and develop vital knowledge and skills that I can then take back to the Dominican Republic and help my country.

“I would definitely recommend studying at a UK university like Wolverhampton.”

Angela Nash, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Built Environment at the University said: “Angelica’s essay formed part of her assessment for a postgraduate module in Construction Project Management Strategy. The assessment was composed with entry to this competition in mind and her essay was so good that I recommended that she enter. I am delighted that she did, with only hours to spare to the deadline. I’d like to congratulate Angelica both on the award and for reacting swiftly to a wonderful opportunity.”