Welcome from Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor
The University of Wolverhampton holds a distinctive place within the higher education sector, and is one of the most successful universities, delivering excellence in teaching and research, widening access, and business engagement. Having begun life 190 years ago to enhance the education and skill base of the workforce in what is today a major industrial conurbation, we have continued to fulfil and develop the role to meet the needs of the regions we serve.
Today, as the 'University of Opportunity', the University of Wolverhampton is an integral part of economic growth and social change within the West Midlands and beyond.
Our course offering is comprehensive across Schools and Institutes, based within four faculties. We have three main teaching campuses in the UK: City Campus based in the heart of Wolverhampton city centre, Walsall Campus, and Telford Innovation Campus. In addition we have Learning Centres in Burton, Telford and Stafford and operate the University of Wolverhampton Science Park, a centre devoted to the support and enhancement of innovation and enterprise. Further business engagement sites are located in Hereford and Kidderminster, and we also have an international presence with over 20 transnational education partners.
We are well known for the provision of high quality education with an excellent graduate employment record, with 96% of our most recent graduating class in employment or further study. We are a significant strategic force in the educational, cultural and economic development of the West Midlands, recognised for world-leading research across all our research areas in the most resent Research Excellence Framework exercise, which in 2014 saw our largest staff and research submission yet.
The next stage of our development continues with our new, ambitious Strategic Plan 2016 - 2021.The Plan has, at its core, three pillars:
- Students First
- Skills and Knowledge of Economic and Social Transformation
- Significant Influence and Impact
These pillars reaffirm our commitment to being the University of Opportunity, whilst driving forward outstanding teaching, research and business engagement, to make us a leading university in the UK and internationally.
Our five-year investment programme Our Vision, Your Opportunity aims to generate £250 million of investment by 2020, enhancing the student experience and driving economic growth to allow us to deliver our new Strategic Plan. It has already resulted in changes to the Campus skyline with new buildings like the Rosalind Franklin and Lord Swraj Paul buildings, home to our Business School. A £4 million redevelopment of the City Campus courtyard includes new catering options for students, including an on-site Starbucks, while the new Science and Technology Prototyping Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park has opened its door to potential tenants.
We have also unveiled specialist engineering provision at Telford and City campuses (£12 million investment in total), the Digital Campuses programme of digital projects is transforming student and staff processes and interactions, and our new £100 million construction and built environment 'super campus' is breathing new life into the former Springfield Brewery site in Wolverhampton. All of this is further supported by investment in research and academic staff.
This is an exciting time to join the University of Wolverhampton and we look for exceptional candidates to work with us in achieving our vision. Come and join us.
Professor Geoff Layer