£3m investment prescribed for improved Pharmacy facilities
The University of Wolverhampton is prescribing an investment of £3 million for the refurbishment of its facilities for Pharmacy students at its City Campus in Wolverhampton.
The refurbishment project, which is taking place over the summer and will be ready for the start of the new academic year in September 2021, has been awarded to Willmott Dixon Interiors who will be carrying out the work in the University’s Wulfruna Building.
Improvements to facilities will include an extension of the existing practice suite offering a flexible working space for students. A new dispensary will be created alongside a new study area for Postgraduate students, two new meeting rooms and a new reception area. There will also be a new multi-purpose flexible teaching space which will be able to accommodate up to 120 students.
Dr Colin Brown, Head of the School of Pharmacy at the University, said: “This exciting refurbishment has been designed to bring all elements of our successful Pharmacy course offering together in one place in the heart of the city of Wolverhampton.
“All services, including the extended teaching facilities, meeting rooms and a new reception area will bring staff and students together in one space offering a complete, single Pharmacy footprint at the University.
“Applications for Pharmacy courses are on the rise and this investment will most certainly move the University’s plans forward for continuing to develop our offer.”
The University recently invested £1/2 million in new interactive teaching spaces offering Pharmacy students facilities for flexible learning.
First, second and third year students studying on the Pharmacy Master’s degree course (MPharm) benefited from new £250,000 Team Based Learning facilities.
The structured classroom space is equipped with touch screen technology and mobile classroom seating – all designed to create a collaborative and flexible learning environment and encourage student teamwork.
The University also invested £250,000 in a new Pharmacy Practice Suite to support clinical aspects of the course. The Pharmacy course was successfully re-accredited in 2014.
Dr Brown said: “Over the past few years we’ve completely changed the ethos of how we deliver Pharmacy education with our investment in Team Based Learning facilities.
“The learning is active rather than static, encouraging teamwork which provides students with opportunities to engage more with their peers and we hope that this further refurbishment will offer students an improved environment in which to study and learn.”
Robert Eastham, Project Manager from Faithful+Gould, said: “Working with the University and Willmott Dixon to deliver the vison of a fully integrated Pharmacy School, offering modern state of the art teaching facilities and breathing life back into the existing building will be challenging and rewarding and result in a fantastic facility for the students.”
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