Retiring Vice-Chancellor to present special lecture

Professor Caroline Gipps is retiring from her role this summer after six years at the University.

The lecture will take place on Monday, 27 June 2011 at 6pm in the Millennium City Building, Wolverhampton City Campus. Light refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

In the public lecture, titled Who goes to university? And why it matters, Professor Gipps will examine how educational performance at all levels is affected by individual characteristics such as gender, social class and ethnic group.

Professor Gipps said: “Performance at school has a major impact on opportunities in adult life. I will look at what we understand about these issues and how they influence access to Higher Education.

“Being educated to degree level benefits individuals, and society, in a range of ways. This lecture will consider what the University of Wolverhampton, and others like it, does to provide access for a broad range of students, and some thoughts on the future of higher education.”

Professor Caroline Gipps is due to retire from her role as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton in July 2011 following six years of successful leadership.

An international expert in educational assessment and a trained psychometrician, her career has included spells as a junior school teacher and as a graduate assistant at the University of British Colombia. She was Dean of Research at the Institute of Education, London and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University, London before moving to Wolverhampton.

The lecture is open to the public and is free to attend. For more information, please email

This event is part of Universities Week, which is organised by Universities UK. It is a national campaign demonstrating the benefits of universities within UK society. For more information, visit


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