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University secures £2 million grant to multiply adult numeracy skills

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The University of Wolverhampton has been awarded a grant of £2 million to tackle adult numeracy for residents of the West Midlands.  

The funding has been awarded to the University by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) under the Multiply project.  

The academic project team will deliver a flexible, innovative online numeracy support solution using university students from regional universities as tutors & mentors to support working adult residents of the WMCA catchment area to improve their functional numeracy skills.  

Once up and running, the service will offer one-to-one and small group tuition & guidance in mathematics/numeracy to working adults from across the West Midlands who do not already hold a GCSE qualification at grade 4/C equivalent.  

The project team consists of colleagues from across the university sourced from the School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematical Sciences, the School of Education, the STEM Response Team and Aspire to HE 

Project lead at the University, Dr Liam Naughton, said: “This is an excellent outcome for the University and for the working adults of the West Midlands. We have an established record of excellence in upskilling learners with maths/numeracy and literacy to open doors to career progression. We are excited to work with partners in Higher Education, Further Education, Adult Education as well as employers on this funded project.” 

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA Chair, said: “It’s wonderful news that the WMCA - via the Multiply programme - has been able to make this £2m investment which will address adult functional numeracy skills for the benefit of local people in Wolverhampton.  

“The University of Wolverhampton will deliver this skills training on the ground working in partnership with a diverse project team. Together we can help residents to develop flexible and transferable numeracy skills that support their capability to play their part in the workforce of the future in the months and years ahead.” 

Professor Ebrahim Adia, Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “We are delighted to have secured this vital funding to help local people upskill in terms of numeracy and literacy. Having recently been ranked number 1 in the UK for teaching first generation students – those who are the first in their family to go to university – this adds yet more value to our ongoing efforts to improve social mobility in the region.” 

The project team at the University also includes Professor Diana Bannister, Gemma Kay, Dr Martin Khechara, Abigail Parkes, Emily Rodden, Jordan Brennan, Dr Andrew Gascoyne and Heather Angell.   

If you would like further information about the project, please visit or email  

For more information about courses in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences check out the website or visit one of our forthcoming Open Days. 


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