"Through the heart and soul, knowledge and understanding are the greatest inspirations"
Welcome to the University of Wolverhampton's annual review of 2000 and 2001.
The past 12 months have been memorable ones for the University. In the Autumn of 2000, we shared the celebrations of 4,104 of our students and their families whose graduation ceremonies marked the culmination of many years of study, dedication and commitment.
In return, we've shown our commitment to existing and future students of the institution as our seven-year master plan to redevelop the infrastructure and facilities got well under way this year. Building the foundations of our students' future success is a key part of what the University is all about, so it's appropriate that we've been able to build the foundations for their future University too.
Phase One of the £60 million refurbishment has seen the demolition of 'MC Block' on Wolverhampton City Campus completed in November 2000 and work beginning on its new, hi-tech replacement, due to become operational in August 2002. The landmark building will offer over 10,000 square metres of teaching space to accommodate 1,300 students. There will be a 300-seat lecture theatre, social learning area, exhibition hall, refectory, laboratory and specialist teaching provision for Psychology and Exercise Physiology.
As well as excellent facilities and surroundings, our students can be confident that we want to offer them the very best teaching too. In addition to a course portfolio tailored to meet the needs of employers, this period saw the first University subject given the highest possible score for teaching quality by the national Quality Assurance Agency. Philosophy was awarded 24 out of 24 in November, joining existing 'excellent' teaching ratings obtained in Health Sciences (22), Applied Sciences (23) and Education (23).
This Annual Review highlights only a fraction of the events and activities that have helped shape the University of Wolverhampton into one of the country's largest and most dynamic universities, right at the heart of the UK.
We hope you enjoy reading our news.
Professor John Brooks,
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors