Wolverhampton in the Olympic spotlight

23/05/2012  -  11.17am

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer

Excitement is building around this summer’s Olympics, and it’s great that Wolverhampton is having its turn in the spotlight this weekend. The city is, as ever, pulling out all the stops for the torch relay which makes its way through our streets on Saturday.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our staff and students to see the iconic flame in this country, and I’m sure many will be lining the streets to get a glimpse as it passes through.

While the focus is on London for the majority of the 2012 Games, the torch relay is an opportunity for other parts of the country to get involved in this historic event. For cities such as our own, this is a chance to really celebrate and showcase what we have to offer, and also be part of something while the world’s gaze is on the UK.

At the University, we’re really pleased to be part of the Olympics, hosting the Australian judo team at our Walsall Campus and we’re proud that one of our students, Ceri Davies, is taking part in the torch relay in Wolverhampton.

Over the next few weeks, our academics will be sharing their thoughts on everything from sports psychology to construction, and from the media to tourism, as part of this Olympic-themed blog. I hope you enjoy reading what they have to say.