Wolverhampton, University of
Thursday 08 August 2013
History: Roots go back to the Wolverhampton’s Municipal School of Art, Mechanics’ Institutes and libraries which formed the basis of Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College, built in 1931 in the grounds of the deanery of St Peter's Collegiate Church. A merger between the College of Technology and the College of Art formed Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1969. More mergers with teacher training institutions came in the eighties and it was granted university status in 1992, becoming the University of Wolverhampton.
Address: The university’s main campus is in Wolverhampton city centre, split in two parts: Wulfruna and Molineux. A further campus is just outside the city centre at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park. The university has two further campuses in Walsall and Telford. There are also two additional centres for health and law in Burton-upon-Trent and Birmingham respectively.
Ambience: An unpretentious university attracting a large and largely local student body, as well as a significant number of international students. The modern city campus has well-equipped facilities in the Millennium City building, Harrison Learning Centre, hi-tech Technology Centre and iconic Faculty of Art building. It also houses a re-vamped and lively Students’ Union as well as a wide range of further student support services. Further building is underway at the campus for a new Science Centre and Business School development.
The Walsall campus has world-class sports facilities; a friendly community in the purpose-built student village and Students’ Union; and The Performance Hub: showcasing some of the most advanced facilities for the performing arts in UK higher education.
The Telford Innovation campus is focused on business and engineering and is the site of the swanky multi-million pound Innovative Product Development Centre and e-Innovation Centre.
Who's the boss? Professor Geoff Layer was appointed the university’s fourth vice-chancellor in 2011. He was awarded the OBE for services to higher education in 2003.
UCAS code: W75
What you need to know
Easy to get into? From 120 UCAS points for a HND, and starting at 180 points for a degree, up to 320 points for subjects including BSc (Hons) architecture and MPharm.
Vital statistics: One of the larger universities with more than 23,000 students, of whom almost 19,000 are undergraduates, 8,000 are part-time, and 4,300 are postgrad. The majority of students are from the local area.
Added value: Offers a course in deaf studies, and facilities for students with hearing problems and other difficulties are good. The University’s Walsall Campus is a Centre of Excellence for judo, and was an official training base for athletes in the 2012 Olympics. The University continues its successful focus on employability, with excellent business links, collaborative working and opportunities for students to gain experience.
Any accommodation? A range of economy, standard and en-suite rooms are available in university-owned halls of residence at the Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford campuses. Rent varies from around £70 to £77 per week. Specialist accommodation for students with hearing, sight or mobility impairment is also available. Rent includes rates, internet access, launderette use and basic contents insurance, as well as university sports membership.
Cheap to live there? Private rents vary but can start from as little as £30 per week in a room in a shared house.
Transport links: The university offers a free shuttle bus service between campuses. Excellently placed for the motorway network, Wolverhampton's train, bus, coach and metro stations are just ten minutes’ walk from the City campus.
Fees: Most courses will cost £8,500 per year as of 2012.
Bursaries: Scholarships available to home and EU students starting on a full-time undergraduate degree in 2013/14 include (terms and conditions apply): the National Scholarship Programme worth £3,000 or more, offered to students with a residual income of £25,000 or less who accepted a conditional or unconditional offer with the University by July 2012 and have achieved a minimum of 280 UCAS points or equivalent; the Continuing Achievement Reward - retrospective reduction in first year tuition fee by up to £1,000 if you are successful in your studies, work hard, submit all of your assessments, pass, and progress to the next level; Distinction Scholarship worth up to £3,000 to all new students who attain AAB or above at A-level (or equivalent); Sports Achievement Scholarship worth up to £3,000 over three years if you can demonstrate outstanding achievement in sport; Science and Engineering Foundation Scholarships worth £3,000 each in the first year of study.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Wolverhampton and Walsall are well-stocked with pubs, clubs and cinema screens. Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, Civic and Wulfrun Halls, Slade Rooms and Lighthouse Media Centre are a stone’s-throw from the City Campus, providing an excellent selection of music, comedy, dance, film and theatre. Birmingham is well-stocked with just about everything and is only 20 minutes away by train. The students’ union has a good relationship with local bars and clubs and there are regular student offers.
Price of a pint: £2.65 on average in Wolverhampton with cheaper drinks deals at the union.
Sporting reputation: 106th out of 148 in the BUCS league table.
Glittering alumni: Trevor Beattie, advertising guru; Anish Kapoor, sculptor; Mark O'Shea, TV reptile expert; Marcus Wareham, global account manager for Facebook; Mike Foster, former MP; Laura Harvey, Arsenal’s Ladies Football manager, as well as special-effects Oscar and Bafta winner, Peter Bebb.
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