Research and innovation
The University of Wolverhampton has a breadth of research interests across it's academic subject areas. Across the University, we have over 20 Research Institutes and Centres focussing on research areas including neuro-oncology, sport and exercise performance, dementia, art and design practices and the built environment. Our applied research activities impact on business, public and voluntary sectors in a number of ways bu advancing knowledge and addressing real work problems. We are on a path to grow our research base and increase our impact, demonstrating by our improved Research Excellence Framework 2014 outcomes. As part of our commitment to enhancing research, we have invested £12 million to fund our new or enhances research over six years.
The initial focus of the investment has been the recruitment of new academic staff, to significantly enhance the research capacity and capability of the University in target areas and further build the research community. In addition to these strategic appointments a number of PhD studentships have been established to grow existing high-quality research within the University. and we continue to invest in current staff to provide opportunity to grow the capacity for world-leading research. In the latest investment round, we have focused on new strategic strengths.
Business Growth and Innovation
The University of Wolverhampton is a business facing university, investing in the development and enhancement of regional and national businesses.
Through our Telford Innovation Campus and the University of Wolverhampton Science Park, we provide much needed business incubator and grow-on space. Businesses housed in the incubator space have access to onsite business advice and training, specialist consultants, access to University facilities and consultants, and the Business Start programme. The University's Business and Innovation Centre on the Telford Innovation Campus provides 'grow-on' space for those companies currently occupying the e-Innovation Centre on the same campus. The campus can hold up to 60 businesses based at the Science Park.
The University of Wolverhampton is committed to the development of businesses. Our Business School, housed in the Lord Swraj Paul Building, features an executive education suite for training the business leaders of the region. Our Business Solutions Centres are support facilities that provide a one-stop shop for businesses to seek export unbiased advice, support and resources from the combined partnership. Through the Business Solutions Centres, the University is also able to act as a 'broker' facilitating business expansion, something which businesses have reported is lacking within the region.