A collection of inspirational books has been donated to the University of Wolverhampton by Cross Sheaffer Pen & Art Supply Company.
Cross Sheaffer is a designer and manufacturer of writing instruments and creative tools. It has sponsored Faculty of Arts Visual Communication students over the past five years, helping to support them with research projects and materials.
The books, which have all been shortlisted for the ‘Cross Sports Book of the Year Award’ are all written by key sports figures, personalities and celebrities covering a range of disciplines including rugby, football, cricket, ice-skating and athletics. Some are signed by the authors.
Jessica Glaser, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at the University, said: “Sheaffer has worked with the Wolverhampton School of Art for several years, supporting students and offering prize awards for our graduates.
“The messages in the books are both aspirational and inspirational, detailing personal journeys covering success and ambition which will be of interest, in particular, to our students.
Maggie Ayliffe, Head of the University of Wolverhampton School of Art, said: “We work with a number of businesses and employers to offer students additional support, whether that be through graduation prizes or through work placements, live projects or visiting lectures.
“Cross Sheaffer has been a valued supporter of the School of Art for a number of years and this very kind book donation is very much appreciated.”
The donated books include the autobiography, ‘Proud’ by British Lions rugby player, Gareth Thomas which tells his story as the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. The collection also includes Fear Less – the amazing underdog story of Leicester City by Jonathan Northcroft.