Under the direction of the IChemE, The University of Wolverhampton established a new chemical engineering degree programme in 2015. The new course is set within the Science base of subjects at the Wolverhampton’s City Campus and offers exceptional resources and support for would be chemical, petroleum and process engineers.
The establishment of the course, one of only a handful of new courses in the whole of the UK, was a real coup for Wolverhampton and helps form a real powerhouse of chemical engineering education in the West Midlands. The new department is embedded within the School of Engineering, which is currently receiving an injection of £10m for new facilities and laboratories. However, Chemical Engineering also sits along side other new courses in Chemistry and Physics and has strong teaching and research links with the Mathematics department. These strongly allied subjects now deliver a coordinated scheme of Physical Sciences education to the region and the country. To help the delivery of our STEM courses we have just completed new Chemical Engineering Design Centre, along side brand new specialist laboratories. The design centre offers Chemical and Petroleum Engineering students a dedicated space with industry standard software, technology and support. More developments to extend the specialist laboratories are planned for 2016/17. In addition to the facilities in Engineering Chemical, and our site in Telford, our students are also taught in the new £25m Rosalind Franklin building which is a regional centre of excellence in science teaching and research.
Our aim is for graduates to be ready for employment. We provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition, we are constantly building and maintaining links with regional, national and international employers and regularly have speakers from prominent industries and other academic partners. Indeed, several highly experienced industrial experts hold honorary and visiting positions with us; and regularly share their experience and knowledge with our students.
Wolverhampton offers a vibrant, up to date learning environment, which is supported by the community, the University plus a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who want to see our students succeed. This along with the latest polls of salary scales for petroleum and chemical engineering make Wolverhampton the place to be. “Engineers took seven of the top ten spots in NACE’s April survey, which is based on data from 400,000 US employers. Petroleum engineers earned the most with an average starting salary of £60,323. Chemical engineering graduates were ranked third, after computer engineers, with a healthy starting salary of £43,612.”
We believe in supporting our students whilst they learn. This means we offer:
- All core textbooks for first and second year are available electronically and in the university learning centres
- Software licences for industry standard software are available across the campus
- All Personal Protective Equipment equipment provided free of charge
- Free UK field trips
- For every student, up to four years of student membership/associate entry for the IChemE is paid for by the department