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University makes multi-million pound commitment to research


The University of Wolverhampton is investing £6m to drive forward its long-term research agenda.

New leadership roles and centres are being established to enhance economic, social and health research. The investment is part of the University’s £250m Our Vision, Your Opportunity programme, supporting regeneration and redevelopment.  

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As part of its ongoing commitment to research excellence, the University will grow the number of PhDs offered and increase career opportunities for research students.

Key areas of investment will include Cyber Security, Education, brownfield research and community research and development, with new staff joining the University in key positions. A new Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research will be appointed to take the strategic lead and develop research strengths and new Head of Research Services, Clare Mccauley, took up her post earlier this year.

Among many planned initiatives, joint research studies will be funded as part of the University’s strong partnership with New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer said: “The University has fantastic areas of research strength and we have ambitious plans to increase capacity and capability.

“It is a very exciting time for research. We will be enhancing our existing strengths and developing new areas of expertise.

“We want to continue to raise our profile, generate new partnerships and deliver ongoing excellence and innovation in our vibrant research community.”

He added that over the last few months, the University had attracted more than £12m European funding and University of Wolverhampton academics are consistently winning grants for their high profile work. Recent awards include Arts and Humanities Research Council funding of more than £650,000 for research into the coal mining industry.

In the most recent (2014) assessment, the University of Wolverhampton was ranked at its highest ever level, with all areas having world class aspects. It is renowned for its research into brain tumours and among its high profile researchers are world leading historians and information scientists.

The University also made national and international headlines last year due to its ground-breaking peptide research which could impact on male contraception and fertility.

Further information

Details of new roles including Founding Chairs in Cyber Security, Education and Community Research and Development are available. 

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Date issued: Thursday, 23 February 2017

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