Celebrate Volunteering Event


As part of Volunteering Week, Telford & Wrekin Council organised a very successful Volunteer Event on Thursday 6th June in the Southwater Building and staff from University Centre Telford participated. Over 200 people attended the event and it proved a really good opportunity for networking with agencies, prospective volunteers and staff from the Council. The Mayor of Telford, Cllr Steven Reynolds, pictured above, attended and met Patience and Paula from the University Centre Telford team. 


Balloon Fiesta



The Team from University Centre Telford enjoyed a fantastic day in Telford Town Park for the Telford Balloon Fiesta 2019. We engaged with lots of people and provided advice about our courses and the huge range of activities that we offer. We also offered face-painting and children's colouring. We were joined by Dr Martin Khechara & the STEM Response Team from the University who had lots of exciting science activities and experiments for children and adults to take part in, Chris Sellars from Sport & Wellbeing & Heather Gumsley & Emma-Jane Beattie from Emergency Planning & Disaster Management who also promoted their courses.


STEM Workshops during May half-term

During May half-term the Centre hosted two very successful & enjoyable Introduction to Robotics Workshops for children and parents. The free sessions were delivered by the University's STEM Response Team.

Introduction to Robotics



STEM Workshops during the Easter Holidays

Our first Rocket Making Workshop run by the University’s STEM Response Team during the Easter holidays went ahead as planned thanks to the fair weather in the morning. Everyone really enjoyed the session, especially actually launching the rockets! Thank you to Telford Town Park for their support with Health & Safety! The record height was 40 metres which was achieved by the rocket made by the youngest member of the group!

Our 2nd Rocket Making Workshop during the Easter holidays was thwarted by the weather and had to be postponed. A Robotics session was offered instead and was enjoyed by all the children and parents who attended.

Rocket Making Workshop



Forensic Psychology Public Lecture by Dr Chelsea Slater


In April Dr Chelsea Slater from the Psychology Team at the University provided a packed audience in the Centre with a fascinating insight into the world of Forensic Psychology. A brilliant introduction to this area which will be followed by further guest lectures on 'Eyewitness Testimonyand Identification' on 8th August and on 'Offender Profiling'– date to be confirmed.


Universities Association of Lifelong Learning (UALL) Conference


Hosting the UALL Conference (Universities Association of Lifelong Learning)

'Lifelong Learning and Innovation' - Wednesday April 10th - Friday April 12th 2019

UALL held another successful conference hosted in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton at the state-of-the-art Telford Innovation Campus. Drawing inspiration from this venue and the legacy of the Ironbridge Gorge – the birthplace of the first Industrial Revolution – our conference theme was Lifelong Learning and Innovation.

Over the 3 days, our packed programme included a mixture of workshops and papers, all peer-reviewed, exploring the theme and looking into subjects such as the impact of Lifelong Learning in Austerity, education within prisons and the legacy of the 1919 Commission on Lifelong Learning and what the future holds for Lifelong Learning during the fourth revolution.

The Conference was formally opened on the Thursday morning by the UALL Chair, The Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, and Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton.

We were extremely lucky to have not just one guest keynote speaker but three who were innovative, dynamic and insightful. Speaking on the Thursday and Friday, each speaker addressed one of our three programme strands:

  • Innovation in Daily Life and Lifelong Learning: Professor Keith Grint, Professor Emeritus, Warwick University
  • Lifelong Learning and Place: Mr Anthony Painter, Director of the Action and Research Centre, RSA
  • Transformational Change:  Professor Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute of Digital Learning (NIDL), Dublin City University  

The Conference was very well attended, both with full conference and day delegates. We also had a strong international contingent of delegates, paper submissions and presentations. UALL would like to thank University Centre Telford who organised a visit with afternoon tea and presentations to welcome our delegates on the Wednesday.

We livened up the informal and social aspects of the Conference this year. For the first time, we enjoyed performances on the first night from the Telford Bulgarian Folk Dancers and also from Faye Yip, Tai Chi Master and Grace Tong from the Chinese Arts and Culture Centre. The formal Conference dinner was held in Ironbridge, with a photo opportunity at the famous bridge. It was a perfect setting for the concluding aspect of the dinner, the UALL Awards ceremony.

The UALL Awards have four categories celebrating aspects of Lifelong Learning: Innovation, Sustainability, Research and International. Compered by our colleague Pauline McManus, our winners and runner ups were presented awards and certificates by the UALL Chair, The Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil.

Full details of the winners and runners up of the Awards can be found here.

The evening ended with a tribute by Professor Geoff Layer to Professor Sir Alan Tuckett who received a special award from UALL in recognition of his extensive service to lifelong learning. 


History talk by Professor Dieter Steinert


We were delighted to welcome Professor Dieter Steinert to University Centre Telford again in April to deliver a lecture on 'Echoes from Auschwitz - Jewish Child Forced Labourers and the Holocaust'. A very difficult topic but an excellent lecture which was very well received by our audience. It is crucial that we are given the opportunity to hear these children's testimonies and the Professor's research provided us with an incredibly moving insight into the children's experiences and the impact on their lives.

Learn the Secrets of Developing an Impressive Creative Portfolio

In February staff from the Faculty of Arts at The University of Wolverhampton offered a 'Create Your Portfolio' session to help Level 3 students develop their creative portfolios, covering issues such as:

  • What interviewers are looking for;
  • Selecting your best work;
  • Organising your portfolio;
  • Key points to make when talking about your work.


Free STEM Workshops for families

    In February half-term, the Centre hosted two hugely popular workshops for parents and children aged 7 – 14 years. The theme was Human Anatomy – What’s Inside Me? The University’s STEM Outreach Team delivered the workshops which were linked to the KS2 and KS3 curriculum & were enjoyed by children and parents and carers alike.


Information Sessions for Sport/Health


The Institute of Sport offered a series of Sport and Health related Information sessions at the Centre from January through to March. Participants heard presentations delivered by Dr Chris Sellars and Dr Martin Longworth on Sports Psychology, Careers in Sport and Sports Analysis for Sports Coaches.


Leader and Cabinet Members Young Persons Grants Scheme


University Centre Telford was delighted to host the 2nd awards presentation evening for the Leader and Cabinet Members Grants Scheme. Successful applicants attended the prestigious awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 13 at University Centre Telford on the 3rd floor of the Southwater building where Cabinet Members met and congratulated some of the Borough's most ambitious residents and their supporters.

Already, almost £33,000 has been awarded to a total of 124 children and young people, helping them continue to achieve their aspirations and goals.  

The Young Person’s Grant Scheme, created by Telford & Wrekin Council, is funded through voluntary reductions in cabinet member allowances. 

In 2011, the Council’s Cabinet chose to forgo ten per cent of its special responsibility allowance, helping to create a bursary fund for 2018 of £12,000. 

From 43 applications, 39 grants were awarded, totalling £11,840 in areas including sport, performing arts and education, training and employment. 

This round has also included a combination of funding from the Telford 50 legacy fund. 


Chinese New Year Celebration


University Centre Telford heralded the Chinese Year of the Pig with an event for people of all ages. The event included a brush painting and writing demonstration by artist Li Huisen. There were also paper cutting and lantern making workshops for children offered by the Chinese Arts and Culture Centre co-founder Grace Tong and artist Rose Zhang. There were Chinese Red envelopes containing Chinese ancient coins for all the children and fortune cookies and Chinese sweets. The evening was rounded off with a Public Lecture on Chinese Art by Professor Zhao Tingting, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton's Faculty of Arts. 

 Exhibition of Children's art entries for the 'Kids witness the world' International Competition


Artist Li Huisen, University Centre Telford Coordinator, Paula Harrison & Grace Tong & Rose Zhang from the Chinese Arts & Culture Centre
Mr Xavier Fostier and the three paintings from the Exhibition that he has purchased

The Centre also hosted an exhibition of 90 pieces of artwork from China as part of the 'Kids witness the world' International Competition. People attending the Chinese New year celebrations had the opportunity to view the exhibition as well as members of the public who visited the Centre throughout the month of February. University Centre Telford is a partner in a cultural exchange programe which will see workshops and forums taking place later this year for arts teachers from Shropshire as well as from China. 

All the sessions were very successful and University Centre Telford plans to host lots of similar events in the future.  



Events and Monthly Activity

Each month, the Centre hosts a range of activities which focus on careers, research and innovation, and emerging trends in specific subjects.

Activities include:

  • Lectures by leading University researchers and professors
  • Workshops
  • Events for employers, including lectures
  • Activities for schools in Telford and the surrounding area




Every Friday

12.00  - 14.00

English classes for people whose first language is not English

English classes for anyone for whom English isn’t your first language. Come and improve your fluency in spoken and written English.

The classes can help you to apply for visas and progress into work, training or higher education. Progression to IELTS courses is also available through the Centre.

To register please ring 01952 277777 or email


1 May 2019 - 12 June 2019



18:00 - 21:00

British Sign Language Post Beginners Course

University Centre Telford at Southwater Telford is offering a BSL post-beginners course from 1st May for 7 weeks. The cost will be £150.

This qualification is designed to teach learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover BSL101 first, as units BSL102 and BSL103 build on this knowledge. Units BSL102 and BSL103 can be taken in any order.

To register for this course learners will need to have completed BSL101 or any other introductory courses i.e. ABC

If you wish to find out more information regarding Signature and this course please use the link below:



29 May 2019

11:30 - 13:00

14:00 - 15:30


Two STEM Workshops for Families

The workshops will be run by staff from the University of Wolverhampton’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Team.

Our University STEM team will bring Finch robots which can be programmed by the children to sing, dance, and light up in different colours. The team will use a simple ’drag-and-drop’ programming language called Scratch so that this activity is accessible to all. Learning Scratch will open up the world of programming to the children and they can use the skills they will develop in this workshop to code their own animations and games. Suitable for KS2 and KS3 students and their parents/carers.

Tickets by Eventbrite:



06 Jun 2019  


Southwater Building 

National Volunteering Event

Celebrate Volunteering. Call into SW1 for information on:

  • Volunteering opportunities
  • The benefits of volunteering
  • Training and courses
  • First Aid demonstrations
  • Health Checks
  • Thrive Advice Hub
  • Application and CV support
  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Job seeking and volunteering
  • Advice on the opportunities available at the University of Wolverhampton & University Centre Telford



20 Jun 2019



Ground floor, Southwater Building

 Education, Training and Employment Advice Event for adults 

 Come and find out about Part-time, Full-time, Distance Learning and Training courses from the following organisations: 

National Careers Service, Job Box, LearnTelford, Telford College, The Marches Construction Ready Partnership, Future Focus, University of Wolverhampton, University Centre Telford.




27 Jun 2019


Dementia Awareness

This session by Senior Lecturer Miss Jane Murphy from the University of Wolverhampton is designed to raise awareness of dementia. It will help you to learn more about the condition, spot signs and symptoms and consider ways in which we can better support people at home, in the community and at work.

Places are free but must be pre-booked. 

Tickets by Eventbrite:

For more information please ring 01952 277777 or email



08 August 2019

18:30 - 20:30


Eyewitness Testimony and Identification 

This session will be delivered by Dr Chelsea Slater from the University of Wolverhampton. This lecture will introduce what eyewitness testimony is and factors that impact it and discuss some of the factors for creating a lineup, and factors that impact witness performance.

Places are free but must be pre-booked. 

This is suitable for ages 14 / Year 9 upwards.

Tickets by Eventbrite:

For more information please ring 01952 277777 or email


11 Sep 2019




British Sign Language Beginners Course 

University Centre Telford is offering a BSL Beginners course from 11th Sep for 24 weeks. The cost will be £150 for each unit. 

This qualification is designed to teach learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover BSL101 first, as units BSL102 and BSL103 build on this knowledge. Units BSL102 and BSL103 can be taken in any order.

If you wish to find out more information regarding Signature and this course please use the link below:


14 Sep 2019


Southwater Comic Con

  •  Comics: Medium and Message 

Members of staff from the English and Creative Writing departments at the University of Wolverhampton are offering workshops on the graphic novel, comics and fan fiction - genres and forms that are now solidly part of our academic curriculum. The workshop will consist of interactive talks and Q&A sessions. Please come along if you have an interest in these topics or you want to find out more about studying at university.

Places are free but must be pre-booked. 

Tickets by Eventbrite: TBC


For more information please ring 01952 277777 or email

  • Costume making


18 Sep 2019



Cornelius Ryan’s book A Bridge Too Far about the Allied airborne landings in the Netherlands in September 1944,and the Richard Attenborough directed film of the same name,

have over the last forty years significantly altered and distorted our understanding of this crucial action of the closing months of the Second World War. 

Professor John Buckley from the University of Wolverhampton will look at the way in which the book A Bridge Too Far (1974)and the subsequent 

film of the same name has shaped our views on Operation Market Garden,the failed attempt by the Allies to use airborne troops to seize bridges over 

the Rhine in September 1944.

Places are free but must be pre-booked. 

This is suitable for ages 16 upwards.

Tickets by Eventbrite:

For more information please ring 01952 277777 or email



All places must be pre-booked.  To register for any of the above, please ring on 01952 277777 or email on