The celebration, held at Molineux Stadium, gave delegates the opportunity to network and find out more about how the School is helping businesses develop for the future.
It included an address from the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, and a Q and A session with Steve Morgan, Chairman of Redrow plc and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (Wolves).
There was an exhibition showcasing the University of Wolverhampton Business School’s portfolio, collaborations with business, student internships and projects. Delegates also had the opportunity to talk to Business School staff, students and clients, and attend workshops on topics such as economic growth, employment law and social media.
Dean of the School, Dr Anthea Gregory, said: “As the Business School celebrates 80 years of business education and management development we wanted to take the opportunity to show how we have grown.
“This was a very successful event, which was also a chance to find out about both our history and our offering today and we were delighted to receive so many delegates.
“I believe this is a Business School of which the region can be truly proud.”
Dr Gregory added: “Our role is firmly based in the region, contributing to the enhancement of the skill base of Wolverhampton and the Black Country, but extends to bringing together students, teachers and researchers from across the world.
“The School continues to make its mark. It leads other UK business schools in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs); a scheme where the School works with companies to enhance their operations and competitiveness; and has gained much recognition for the success of its collaborations. We are also very proud of our staff expertise and research excellence.”
During the 1960s Wolverhampton became one of the first institutions in the UK to offer an MBA. The University worked with the University of Philadelphia to launch a flagship MBA in the UK – now offered by most UK business schools and still offered by UWBS nearly 45 years on.
Wolverhampton continued to be at the forefront of business education developments. In the early 1990s it was only the second institution in the UK to offer a Masters programme in Human Resource Development and became one of the founding partners in the University Forum for Human Resource Development.
The School was amongst the first to offer postgraduate programmes in coaching and mentoring and an undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship – a legacy still in evidence today with the School priding itself on developing entrepreneurial graduates.
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