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Keeping good company

Wolverhampton, and the Black country in general, are well known for being welcoming and friendly, and deservedly so. It is a characteristic which influences the way we conduct ourselves as a University. our good relationships and collaborative activities with schools and colleges, industry and organisations are many and varied. together, we are working to develop economic development and regeneration programmes to secure the success of the region.

A catalyst for change

A student coaching initiative was successfully piloted by the University in a scheme to raise achievement levels in maths and English. Students from the University have been trained to offer one-to-one mentoring for pupils across the region to help boost their confidence and their grades.

The pilot scheme was initially set up with 13 students. It proved so successful that it has since been expanded. There are now more than 60 academic coaches trained to go into 30 schools across the Black Country. The presence of a positive role model from the University is helping raise levels of aspiration in youngsters. Our students have been able to share their insight about coming to university and encourage pupils to think about higher education when considering their futures.

The initiative, launched by the Black Country Children’s Services Improvement Partnership (BCCSIP), is part of the University’s wider campaign to increase attainment levels in maths and English.

Programmed for success

In recognition of our growing reputation in the games and animation development industry, in 2009 the University linked up with Sony PlayStation to allow students to use the same tools as professional computer games developers.

The University is now a member of the PlayStation Portable Academic Development Programme run by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), which provides access to the same game production tools available to commercial developers, enabling staff and students to program games and play them on their PlayStation Portable and gain valuable industry skills.

Building good relations

More evidence of the University’s commitment to assisting the West Midlands’ construction industry came from the University’s support organisation West Midlands Centre for Construction Excellence (WMCCE).

In the continuing drive to provide quality assistance to the region’s hard-pressed construction industry, the University of Wolverhampton secured funding of £2.6 million from Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This financial support will help the University deliver an innovative programme of business improvement services for the region’s construction industry through to the end of 2011.

Rewarding hard working students

A new scholarship scheme designed to motivate hard working students wishing to study at the University of Wolverhampton was launched in 2009. The University will work closely with partner schools and colleges, who will nominate students for the new ‘Student Achievement Scholarship’.

The Scholarship, worth £1,000, will be awarded to students who have been identified by their school or college as having achieved better progress in their studies compared with earlier expectations.

Transforming the learning landscape

The University is proud to have played an important role in the creation of Wolverhampton’s first Academy, South  The University is proud to have played an important role in the creation of Wolverhampton’s first Academy, South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy. The Academy’s specialisms are in Engineering and Science. As official sponsors, together with City of Wolverhampton College and Wolverhampton City Council, the University is ideally placed to share expertise in engineering and the applied sciences, promote opportunities for student progression and perform a key role in the future development of the new Academy.

In 2009, the University also pledged its support for the new North Wolverhampton Academy, which opens in September 2010. The University, City of Wolverhampton College and Wolverhampton City Council are official sponsors for the Academy which will serve the communities of Pendeford, Bushbury and North Wolverhampton.