The University’s commitment to delivering first-rate standards in learning and teaching has transformed the very fabric of the University. In 2011, we enhanced our learning environment further with the addition of a flagship performing arts centre. Whether it’s creating the optimum environment for study, introducing innovative new courses, or cultivating connections with industry, creating the right set of circumstances for our staff and students to excel is at the heart of our mission.
With the opening of our landmark performing arts building, The Performance Hub, we made a bold statement about our investment in opportunity and excellence in the performing arts.
The new multi-million pound centre at Walsall Campus was officially opened by TV choirmaster Gareth Malone. The Performance Hub is one of the most impressive performing arts buildings in the country. Our students, local communities and the fast-growing creative industries sector are set to benefit from the opportunities it symbolises.
The Performance Hub houses a Learning Centre, dance and drama rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, recording studios and music technology suites, and a black box theatre space. The Performance Hub is equipped with 15 Steinway pianos, giving music students an unprecedented opportunity to play the finest instruments and aspire to great things in their musical career.
We are proud to have maintained an outstanding record for providing first-rate learning resources, which exceed the average standard set by most universities.
Once again, Wolverhampton students rated the quality of the University’s learning resources among the best in the country. The seventh National Student Survey revealed that Wolverhampton scored 85% in this area, which includes IT and library facilities, compared with a national average of 80%.
Our learning resources at the University were given a further boost with the redevelopment of Learning Centres at City and Walsall Campuses, delivering an improved service for staff, students and visitors. The Survey also revealed several high-scoring subject areas, with particularly good satisfaction ratings for teacher training, maths and statistics, and performance (dance, drama and music).
The University of Wolverhampton hosted its first ever Scifest, a celebration of science and technology. The free week-long event enabled school pupils from the West Midlands to take part in interactive activities developed especially for primary, GCSE and A-level students.
Local school and college students were invited to expand their knowledge in topics as varied as lie detection, car design, midwifery, mathematics and pharmacy, under the direction of University experts.
The festival culminated in a Public Day, when the local community was invited into the University to experience some of the exciting science and technology taking place at Wolverhampton.
The University’s bid as a sponsor university for a new multi-million pound University Technical College (UTC) for young people in the West Midlands was approved by the Department for Education.
Sponsored by the Construction Industry Training Board – ConstructionSkills, the University of Wolverhampton and Walsall College, the UTC will be uniquely placed to deliver a high-quality curriculum that meets the needs of students and industry.
Scheduled to open in September 2014, the West Midlands UTC will transform opportunities for 14-19 year olds in the region to undertake full-time, practical, vocational and technical studies that will help prepare them for a career in the construction industry.
The quality of the University’s sporting facilities have attracted amateur and professional sports men and women from far and wide, but it was with particular pleasure that we welcomed elite athletes from Australia to Walsall Campus. The Campus, which is a British Judo Association High Performance Centre, was chosen by the Australian Olympic Judo Team for its pre-games training camp.
Six competitors and four coaches were based at the University’s Walsall Sports Centre for a week in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics. Their presence provided a superb opportunity to raise the profile of judo in the Black Country and learn from these Olympic standard competitors. The University is proud to have been a part of the British effort to make the Olympics a resounding triumph.
The University of Wolverhampton’s ongoing commitment to improving its carbon management and environmental credentials were recognised in the People & Planet Green League 2012, which assessed the environmental and ethical performance of 146 universities.
Wolverhampton achieved an impressive 2:1 grade in the League and was ranked in 53rd place. As part of its commitment to be more environmentally friendly across its campuses, the University has invested £3.4 million in a Carbon Management Plan, which aims to reduce its carbon footprint from 16,000 tonnes to 12,000 tonnes by 2015 – a reduction of 25%.
The University welcomed the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, to speak on the topic of ‘our economic future’. Sir Mervyn, who has strong links to Wolverhampton, presented the first in a new series of talks entitled Wolverhampton Debates.
Sir Mervyn King is one of the best-known people in public life to have an association with the city, and his local knowledge made his thoughts and comments on the local economy particularly absorbing and relevant. The event was organised by Wolverhampton City Council, the University of Wolverhampton and Pat McFadden, MP.