The University of Wolverhampton has prepared for the change of higher education policy and funding environment in the UK. With good financial reserves and a high quality, focused curriculum offer, the future of the University is strong.
We also have a new innovation and enterprise strategy. Developing and enhancing current activity in this area, two innovation and enterprise hubs have been created at either end of the Wolverhampton Telford Technology Corridor, creating an environment that stimulates and encourages enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. This not only presents fresh opportunities for students and graduates but also provides local businesses with the incentive to raise their research and development activities across the full range of technologies.
Our enhancement of student learning opportunities was highly commended, the highest possible accolade, following the last institutional audit by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2015. Additionally, our National Student Survey results continue to be strong.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, we entered more staff across more subject areas than ever before and all Research Centres submitting work and elements graded at the highest level, classed as world-leading.
We have made significant investment in our teaching and learning spaces, creating state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff. Following notable investment at Walsall Campus that resulted in our iconic Performance Hub, Learning Centre and a new Institute of Sport, including the British Judo Centre of Excellence, recent years have seen our Campus landscape develop even further. The £25 million Rosalind Franklin Building, a state-of-the-art science centre, opened for teaching in 2014 and the following year established the new £18 million Lord Swraj Paul Building, home to the University of Wolverhampton Business School. Our recent Millennium City courtyard redevelopment has improved access and catering facilities in the heart of out City Campus.
Further investment in engineering has transformed Telford Innovation Campus, while our plans for the new Springfield Campus are developing the former Springfield Brewery into a centre of excellence for construction and the built environment.
A new £10 million Science Centre has opened its doors on the University of Wolverhampton Science Park. The impressive three-story facilities offers high-specification spaces, workshops, specialist equipment and Category 1 and 2 laboratories for science and technology-based businesses in the Midlands.
The new Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies, launched in early 2018, will offer PHDs and Master's level courses in Sikh Studies, as well as continuing professional development (CPD) courses for teachers and managers of diverse workforces such as national and local government, the NHS and the emergency services.