The University of Wolverhampton has been established 180 years ago. Springing up from what was initially a library; the University now offers more than a few books and gives students the opportunity to attend one of the neatest colleges in the UK. The University of Wolverhampton has 18 of its schools and institutes and offers 500 courses.
The motto of the University is simple but strong Innovation and Opportunity, and according to which, the University leaders try to take action accordingly. Therefore, it is no surprise that the University of Wolverhampton has one of the best research centers which secured a 2 million GBP investment. All of their schools across the country include research and innovation.
The University is open to students around the world, and is proud of the Higher Education survey from 2015, according to which, the employability of its students after graduation is 96%, which ranks the university as 2nd by employability ain the UK.. The University has four campuses ( in the West Midlands, Staffordshire, and Shropshire,, whereby the central campus is in the heart of Wolverhampton, and the other three in Walsall, Telford, and at the University’s Science Park in Wolverhampton. In Burton-upon- Trent, the University runs a nursing school for higher education as well.
You can choose between seven colleges to attend at the ultra-modernly equipped university which puts innovation in the front. The University got the highest acknowledgment form the Quality Assurance Agency for the improvement of students’ learning and opportunities, just as the motto of the University says. The University invests in technology, research, teaching methods, etc., to provide the best learning environment to its students and to establish itself as a true research university that contributes with its findings to the well-being of society in fields of health, economy, and society.
History Overview: How did the University Come into Being?
The history of the university leads us back to the 19th century when the Wolverhampton Free Library started to offer evening classes which evolved further to become known as Science, Technical, and Commercial School 1899. Before that, the School of Art was already being operated from 1851. The education institution continued to develop and by 1926 it transformed into the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College, which was renamed two more times, in 1951 when it changed to Wolverhampton and Staffordshire College of Technology, and in 19956, when Staffordshire was completely omitted from the name after county boundaries were redefined. The School of Arts was also renamed to Wolverhampton College of Art in 1950. The 1950s were certainly a turning point for the University when it also started its first researches and seeking out local firms for sponsorship. Faculty of Education was added in 1977 and provide since then on, teacher training programs for all potential teachers with student-centered curricula.
The University of Wolverhampton was also one of the first computer users, the so-called Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell (WITCH), which now has a special place in the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park.
By the end of the 1960’s, the University provided Bachelor degrees in:
- Computer Technology
Just in the eve of 1970, the Technology and Arts colleges merged in order to create the tertiary education institution, known in the UK as Polytechnic. The Polytechnic continued to add new departments and colleges throughout the years (e.g. Social Sciences, Applied Science, Art and Design, Arts, Engineering, Teacher Training Program). The different faculties were run by stirring committees or college boards, academic boards, etc.
The Polytechnic was granted the status of a university in 1992. The University continued to expand adding more campuses throughout the years and becoming one of the most renowned UK universities.
Campus Life in Wolverhampton
It might take a while for an Open Days event at the Campus, so let us pre-inform you of the life on the 4 campuses of the University of Wolverhampton. The facilities offer many conveniences and students seem to enjoy the college life on the campuses.
The City Campus is accommodating 1000 students in its three halls of residence. The campus offers all you need, cafes, bars, 24-hour supermarket, shopping center, and a quieter block for all those who need a hide away from noisy places.
Art galleries, media centers and cineworld, theaters, etc., are all part of the campus so you can enrich your cultural life as well if you are an art enthusiast. If you are more into sports, you can join the University’s Athletic Union, swim in the Central Baths, and horse racing is also popular among the Wolverhampton youth, just like speedway and greyhound racing.
Telford Innovation Campus is the most recently established campus and known for technology and engineering. The campus offers a free shuttle bus service for students who commute to the other three campuses. It operates from Monday to Friday and is meant for both, students and university staff, who have to attend lectures or classes in some of the other campuses. On weekends, you can take the train to Wolverhampton and in approximately 20 minutes you will arrive.
This campus has one of the best Learning Centers equipped with advanced resources and materials. The Learning Center is open all week long and you should find any resource you need in the well-equipped study center. The campus has also an e-Innovation Center for start-up businesses, and a Business and Technology Center representing a creative working environment for further research in business and technology. The campus has 500 student rooms, and many international students reside exactly in this campus, giving you an opportunity to get to know different cultures.
The Wallsal campus is like an artists’ arena with students whose main interests are education, health, music, tourism, dance, sport, events management. The campus is known for sports science labs, which was the training base for the 2012 Olympics. This center was one of the biggest investments of the university but it certainly paid off. The campus has also a Learning Center which is open 7-days-a-week.
University of Wolverhampton Science Park offers also a convenient setting for students with many facilities like shops, libraries, Learning Center, etc. It is 5 minutes away from the City Center by bus, car, or train, but you can also walk the 15-minutes walking distance