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A Catalyst for Change 2010 will be remembered as a landmark year for UK higher education. The long awaited Browne review suggested sweeping changes in the way higher education was to be funded from 2012 onwards. The coalition government adopted certain parts of the review and as a result, UK universities face a reduction of up to 90% in direct funding. The new framework places the burden of funding for participation in higher education onto graduates, but retains the no up-front fee principle for undergraduates. The University has clearly stated its view on these developments. As 2010 came to an end, it was apparent that the new framework was going to be a reality. In September 2010, ‘Learning Works’, the title for the new undergraduate curriculum, went live. We followed this with the launch of a postgraduate curriculum review in the autumn. The approach to curriculum development at the University has three main foci; to be innovative pedagogically, to enrich the student experience and to produce graduates who succeed in their chosen career paths. The University launched the Institute of Gaming and Animation, and the Institute of Media Arts, to support cross disciplinary study and to aid students engaging with industry. The new Innovation and Enterprise Strategy began to bear fruit. The successful relocation of the Business School to the City Campus paved the way for infrastructure developments to ensure that our role in Telford was strengthened to support business growth.

Professor Caroline Gipps Vice-Chancellor

A unique collaborative partnership between Wolverhampton City Council, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, City of Wolverhampton College, Business Link West Midlands and the University, resulted in the launch of the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre. The Centre supports regional business needs with knowledge and enterprise expertise from partners. This year saw the launch of the Brain Tumour UK Neuro-Oncology Research Centre in partnership with the charity Brain Tumour UK. Praise for our research in Dance Medicine and Science was received from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This culminated in the University co-hosting with the Birmingham Royal Ballet the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference in October 2010. During the year the University engaged in a search for a new Vice-Chancellor following the announcement of my retirement. The search attracted a high number of excellent candidates from the higher education sector and I am delighted to announce that Professor Geoff Layer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bradford will take up the role in August 2011. The University, and indeed the sector as a whole, faces some considerable challenges in the next five to ten years. We are however, confident that our sound financial position and ability to innovate and be enterprising puts us in a strong position for the future.

On behalf of the Board of Governors, I take great pleasure in commending this report to you. It provides a valuable insight into the achievements of staff and students and the considerable progress the University has made during 2010. The University has established solid foundations regionally and nationally under Professor Caroline Gipps’ leadership and our global reach has been further extended this year through partnerships in the Middle East, Cyprus and most recently Mauritius. Caroline retires in July, and I would like to thank her on behalf of the University for her drive and commitment which has resulted in a strong and robust institution, well placed to tackle the challenges that the higher education sector is undoubtedly going to face over the next few years. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of overseeing the recruitment and appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, who joins us on 1 August 2011. Geoff will lead the University into a dramatically changed environment and I am confident that his expertise and leadership will ensure the University’s success for many years to come. I hope that you enjoy reading more about our achievements and developments over the past twelve months.

Michael Elliott

Chair of the Board of Governors



Transformation through learning and teaching


Global reach


A culture of business engagement


Record of distinction


An intellectual legacy


The year in photographs


Our honoured guests


Vital statistics


Taking the lead


Approaches to learning and teaching within the University are constantly evolving. Through its investment in the best that technology and pedagogy can offer, the University has created an ideal environment where students can realise their full potential. During 2010, efforts to optimise learning opportunities met with further success.

High impact learning

The University has an enviable record for enhancing the learning journeys of its students through its use of innovative technology. In May 2010, the University was officially acknowledged as a world leader. The University’s ‘high impact’ use of technology to support learning and achievement was officially recognised at the Instructional Management Systems (IMS) Learning Impact Awards, which took place in California. The University triumphed, amid tough international competition from educational institutions across the world, to win a platinum award in the category of established use of technology.

A hub of activity

A desire to enhance the cultural experience for students and the wider community is at the heart of the University’s latest building project. During 2010, work officially began on The Performance Hub, a multi-million pound performing arts centre. Taking shape on Walsall Campus, The Performance Hub will provide advanced teaching and performance space for dance, drama and music students. It will incorporate a black box performance space with flexible seating, capable of hosting small-scale student, community and professional performances. The Centre, which is due for completion in August 2011, offers exciting opportunities to create and deliver courses in tune with the Creative Industries Agenda – making Walsall a destination of choice for those seeking opportunity and excellence in the performing arts.

The School of Technology

In September 2010, the University celebrated the official opening of the School of Technology (STech). The creation of STech marks a significant development in our programme of consolidation across Academic Schools. The new School optimises expertise from the former Schools of Computing and Information Technology, and Engineering and the Built Environment; ensuring greater cohesion across the delivery of related disciplines through its advanced, technology-driven course portfolio.

Postgraduate curriculum review

Following the successful launch of Learning Works, which refocused all our undergraduate courses, the University began the review of its core postgraduate offerings. The new postgraduate taught portfolio will be launched in September 2011 and students will begin to benefit from an enhanced, employer-responsive curriculum, informed by world-class research.

Educating the teachers of tomorrow

Teacher training at the University received a first-rate report from the education watchdog, Ofsted. The expertise of our staff and commitment of our students were once again rewarded with the top rating of Grade 1: Outstanding for the overall effectiveness of both primary and secondary provision. The inspection, which looked at initial teacher education provision at the University, included






the training of primary and secondary school teachers. Both were rated as outstanding, whilst the University’s employment-based routes and training for further education teachers were judged to be amongst the best in the country.

A University valued by students

The University’s commitment to improving the student experience remained a key priority for 2010. Last year, investment in excellent learning resources continued to ensure a high rate of satisfaction among students at the University. The sixth annual National Student Survey 2010 revealed that 84% of our students were happy with the learning resources available, compared to a national average of 80%. Overall satisfaction remained high at the University, with 78% of students reporting that they were satisfied for the second year running.

Relaxed student zone

An extensive redesign of the former Students’ Union, supported by the Ambika Paul Foundation, resulted in vibrant new social and study areas for our students to enjoy. Opened in November 2010 by the University’s Chancellor, The Rt Hon Lord Paul of Marylebone PC, the Ambika Paul Student Union Centre at Wolverhampton City Campus has proved to be a popular venue for students to meet, study and relax. The Centre addresses the welfare of our student community, bringing together a coffee bar area with comfortable seating, a study zone with computers, meeting rooms and offices for the Students’ Union sabbatical officers under one roof.

Forensic Science course is up to the mark

In 2010, the University became one of only five universities in the UK, and the first in the West Midlands, to receive the Forensic Skillsmark for its BSc (Hons) Forensic Science course. Awarded by Skills for Justice, the Sector Skills Council for the criminal justice sector, the Skillsmark recognised our extensive engagement with employers within the region as well as the integration of national occupational standards which are embedded within the course curriculum.

Industry-savvy Institutes

Enhancing students’ employability and creating new opportunities with businesses is the core mission of the University’s newest Institutes, which were launched last November. Bringing together expertise from different areas of the University, the Institute of Gaming and Animation, and the Institute of Media Arts are working closely with industry experts on innovative projects and research. The Institute of Gaming and Animation, which was formed to meet demands from industry to deliver advanced technology and design solutions, offers bespoke training and works with regional, national and European partners on innovative projects and applied research. The Institute of Media Arts has active partnerships within the media industry, which help to boost student placement opportunities. It also organises successful outreach activities with school pupils and young people, and offers bespoke training.


reach GLOBAL

The University has a network of international partners which spans the globe. They allow us to be as attuned to the viewpoints of economies, societies and environments across the world as we are to those on our own doorstep. It’s a global perspective that we share with our students, ensuring that they too have the world at their feet.

Our presence in the UAE

2010 was an active year in which the University extended its global reach to the United Arab Emirates. The University’s growing reputation has led to a number of exciting opportunities to work in partnership with the UAE. We look forward to furthering our collaborative programme in 2011. The growing profile we enjoy in the United Arab Emirates is apparent from the relationships we have developed there. In February 2010, senior staff from the University visited Abu Dhabi to present an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science to Deputy Prime Minister, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The award was presented in honour of His Highness’s considerable contribution to urban development, in particular his leading role in designing security and safety measures for the protection of residents of, and visitors to, the UAE.


Introducing our Cyprus office

A significant development in the University’s internationalisation agenda was achieved last year with the launch of the University’s new regional office in Cyprus. The opening of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Nicosia, has enabled the University to build on its previous success in the country. The island is also close to Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, which have been identified by the University’s International Centre as potential areas to develop student recruitment. The University already has regional offices in China, India, Nigeria, Malaysia and Poland that provide information and advice for potential students. A further office in Sri Lanka is being finalised.

Delivering transnational education

Throughout 2010, we made certain that the University is firmly established on the international map for its delivery of transnational education. We have seen a healthy year-on-year increase in the numbers of students enrolled on our overseas programmes, and currently have 850 students studying on our programmes delivered outside the UK. Transnational education is a rapidly expanding area for the University of Wolverhampton. Our links with quality partner institutions around the world have allowed us to validate many more programmes during 2010, for delivery in 11 geographical locations by September 2011.

Leaders gather in Wolverhampton

The University is helping international leaders to understand and address issues that can have an impact on radicalisation and counterterrorism in their countries. In early 2010, a group of 13 influential figures from countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Burma visited the University to participate in a course on government relations and conflict resolution. The group, who hold positions of leadership and influence in either civil society organisations or with human rights commissions, visited as part of the prestigious Chevening Fellowship Programme, funded by the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The University’s Centre for International Development and Training hosted the Government Relations and Civil Society course, which enabled them to examine the relationship between

government, civil society and other organisations from international and UK perspectives.

Preserving natural resources

The pressing need to understand the changing agenda of international forest and natural resource management was tackled by the University when it played host to a group of 23 students, including lawyers and members of forestry departments and civil rights organisations. Participants from tropical forest countries across the world took part in a course run by the University’s Centre for International Development and Training in order to support conservation efforts. The Improving Forest Governance course provided a valuable overview of rapidly changing international policies toward tropical forest management and the prevention of illegal logging. Visiting speakers from International NGOs, European Research Institutes and UK Aid agencies addressed the group, who were drawn from Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Laos, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam.

Strengthening ties with India

The University performs a central role in fostering stronger trade links with India. Together with a number of partner organisations including Wolverhampton City Council, the University has been actively involved in the Wolverhampton India Project which implements a wide range of mutually beneficial economic, educational and cultural initiatives. In November 2010, the project achieved another major milestone during a trade mission to Bangalore, India. An agreement, signed by representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry, Wolverhampton City Council and the University, formalised trade and investment links between Wolverhampton and India. Wolverhampton and Bangalore both have thriving aeronautical industries and delegates were able to identify many areas for future collaboration.



Robust business networks help keep the wheels of commerce turning. In common with other organisations of quality, the University values its productive partnerships and works hard to maintain relationships that allow us to promote economic development and regional regeneration. Our network is strong; the results speak for themselves. A shared vision

Centre of attention

Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre delivers integrated services to help businesses improve their competitiveness, and to assist job and wealth creation across the region. The Centre acts as a one-stop-shop for start-up and existing businesses of any size wishing to access services from these trusted and accredited organisations. Since its launch last year, the Centre has provided advice and business services to over 1,000 enquirers.

Based at Wolverhampton Science Park, the Centre has helped more than 800 inventors assess the viability of their ideas as well as taking a number of different inventions through to market. It is staffed by a team of product and business development professionals covering a range of engineering, marketing, design and business skills.

Evidence of the University’s shared ambition to realise greater economic growth within the region were boosted in 2010 by the formation of an innovative alliance between the University, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, City of Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton City Council and Business Link West Midlands.

Through shared expertise, the University is enabling innovators to turn product ideas into commercial opportunities. The impressive credentials of our groundbreaking Caparo Innovation Centre were recognised at the Lord Stafford Awards. Taking the prize in the ‘Open Collaboration’ category, judges praised the collaborative culture of the Centre, which is not only a joint venture between the Caparo Group and the University of Wolverhampton, but also involves third party inventors in the development of products.


Students from all subjects are encouraged to pitch their business ideas to a Dragon’s Den style panel, resulting in a range of new companies including photography, glass design, welding and even midwife training. SPEED WM is a £5.2 million project, run by the University’s Institute for Innovation & Enterprise. The University of Wolverhampton also manages the project regionally for other partner institutions, which are the Universities of Birmingham, Birmingham City, Coventry, Keele, Staffordshire, Worcester and Aston.

Tough competition

In June 2010, a University supported company – Tough Furniture Ltd – picked up a prestigious business award. The company scooped the accolade for Technology, Enterprise and Innovation at the Shropshire Business Awards for its range of durable furniture, designed specifically for demanding environments such as hostels and hospitals. The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) team at the University of Wolverhampton worked with Tough Furniture on a two-year project. Tough Furniture was able to use the skill of a product design graduate; access University facilities including rapid prototyping; and gain further support via a mentor within the School of Art & Design. The University is delighted to have contributed towards their success, and that of many other companies in the region who have benefited from its highly successful KTP programme. KTPs form a vital part of the University’s business engagement activity and Wolverhampton is currently the top provider in the country for the amount of programmes delivered.

Accelerated results

A recession-busting initiative led by the University of Wolverhampton celebrated a successful first year. The Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education West Midlands (SPEED WM) programme gives students the opportunity to set up their own business while they are still at university. The SPEED WM programme at the University has already assisted 305 individuals with guidance on employability including self-employment and entrepreneurship, and has helped create 55 new businesses across the region, resulting in 79 new jobs.

Model student

In 2010, the entrepreneurial flair of University of Wolverhampton postgraduate student, Waqas Baggia, inspired the next set of young entrepreneurs. Waqas, who is currently participating in the University’s SPEED WM programme, was given a unique opportunity to share his experiences of launching a business at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit. Waqas was named one of the Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs in 2009 and is a Director of Kreative Iron, a digital media design and development company which he established with fellow student Zee-shan Chaudhry. The University is confident that its initiatives to promote enterprise amongst its students will result in many more outstanding role models of Waqas’s calibre.

Emerging talent

Following in the footsteps of Waqas Baggia is Shaun Gurmin, who was named as one of the Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2010. Shaun, another successful product of the University’s SPEED WM programme, is studying Business Management at the University of Wolverhampton Business School. The Future 100 Awards profile young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in developing a responsible business venture. Shaun is founder and Managing Director of student social enterprise CHARGE, which aims to improve students’ networking, work experience and their CVs.



distinction A successful year in the life of the University can be defined by many individual stories of outstanding achievement. For each success recognised here, there are also many other, and unsung, successes. Distinguished reputation

The talent of Jeremy Bridgman, a marketing student from the University, was recognised with a top international award. Jeremy was presented with the Worldwide Top Student and Hays Marketing Recruitment Award by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). The highly-coveted award is presented to the person who gains the highest mark for the exam paper on Managing Corporate Reputation Globally. Jeremy’s success is a further demonstration of the leading position held by the University for its CIM course delivery.

A successful blend

The University’s innovative approach to Blended Learning has attracted a great deal of recognition over the years. The latest accolade went to Dr Paul Brett, who last year received a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy for his successful assimilation of e-learning into the curriculum. As Head of the University’s Blended Learning Unit at the Institute for Learning Enhancement, Paul is responsible for developing ways to integrate face-to-face learning with online tasks in order to inspire and engage students. His work has had a major influence on the wider e-learning community.

Determined to excel

Fiona Hopkins, who graduated in 2010 with a First Class BSc (Hons) in German and Information Systems, was named Xcel IT and Computer Science Student of the Year. Fiona was selected for the national award on the basis of her academic merit and hard work, as well as her determination to succeed.

A picture of success

Nigal Goodship, who began a photography degree after his working career was ended by two industrial accidents, received a West Midlands Regional Adult Learners’ Week award. Nigal’s story epitomises the University’s commitment to extending educational opportunities to non-traditional learners. The 41-year-old is studying at the University’s School of Art & Design having completed a University Access Course in Photography.

Animated performance

The Nature Journal Scientific Merit award was presented to Samantha Moore, a Senior Lecturer from the School of Art & Design. Samantha’s animated documentary, An Eyeful of Sound, gained the award for the best short film of the festival at the third Imagine Science Festival, New York. Her film, which is an artful blend of science, documentary and animation, explores the condition of Synaesthesia. Samantha’s success will be promoted through the journal Nature.


Fair-minded campaign

The efforts of the University to support Fairtrade were recognised with a top award. The University, which gained official Fairtrade status in 2008, was Highly Commended in the Outstanding Achievement category of the Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 Awards. The judges were particularly impressed with the variety and quality of activities delivered by the University during Fairtrade Fortnight and the promotional materials produced to support the campaign.

Service with a smile

The University Catering department celebrated after receiving official acknowledgement for its high standards of service. The team received Hospitality Assured Accreditation, the formal benchmark for Service and Business Excellence. There are 10 steps to gaining accreditation including customer research, business planning, resources, training, and delivery and standards of performance.

Developing minds

During 2010 the University’s Little Scholars nursery, based on City Campus, received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. The glowing report praised the extremely strong leadership at the nursery which, together with the dedicated and enthusiastic staff, delivers highly stimulating and child-centred provision.

Willing volunteers

The hard work of students who volunteer and gain employment alongside their studies was celebrated at the University’s 2010 Employment and Volunteering Awards. A number of awards were presented at the ceremony, including the Volunteer of the Year Award, won by Stephen Ross. Stephen has been volunteering with Victim Support since 2008, providing advice and guidance to people in need. During 2009/2010, 294 student volunteers gave an estimated 17,530 hours.

Fellow thinker

Dr Meena Dhanda, Reader in Philosophy and Cultural Politics, secured a £44,942 Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust to carry out research into caste prejudice. Meena is working on a pioneering project entitled ‘Caste Aside: Dalit Punjabi Identity and Experience’. Of the 90 Research Fellowships awarded by The Leverhulme Trust across all subjects, Dr Dhanda is one of only four philosophers to have achieved this distinction in 2010.

Snapping up the plaudits

Marinos Thoma, a third year photography student, was named winner of the 2010 Coventry Open award. The competition and exhibition was open to artists in the West Midlands and Warwickshire working in any medium. Marinos distinguished himself amid a strong field of competition from established and emerging artists across the region.

Nursing ambition

Arthur Louis proved it’s never too late to start a new career. At the age of 63, Arthur, a former managing director, successfully completed his Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) Nursing and began his first nursing post in a busy Accident and Emergency unit at a West Midlands hospital.

Rewarding talent

The outstanding academic work of two gifted students from the University was acknowledged by Trustees of the Paycare Charity Trust. The Wolverhampton-based Trust annually awards prizes to the highest achieving firstand second-year Biomedical Science undergraduates from the University’s School of Applied Sciences. Last year, during a special ceremony Katy Stanger and Govinder Shergill each received £400 from Paycare Charity Trust chair, David Clegg.


The University’s research profile has grown significantly in prominence. Our independent thinkers bring the power of enquiry, experimentation and vision to bear on a breathtaking range of subjects. We’re creating an intellectual legacy that not only contributes to the advancement of knowledge, but has genuine relevance and application in the real world.

AN Targeted response to brain tumours

Top performing research

The creation of a dedicated Brain Tumour UK NeuroOncology Research Centre at the University will allow both teams to accelerate their work on identifying smart forms of chemotherapy to target certain types of tumours. Funded through the charity Brain Tumour UK, the Centre’s activities will focus on finding genes that trigger the toughest childhood and adult brain tumours and developing new forms of chemotherapy to attack them.

Continuing our high profile activities in this area, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the University co-hosted the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Conference (IADMS) during October 2010. Researchers from around the world attended the event, which attracted leading experts in dance science and medicine. The University showcased its innovative research into dance related injuries, which it conducted with Birmingham Royal Ballet. The research has already yielded impressive results, helping this world famous dance company to reduce injury rates amongst its dancers by 50%.

The launch of a new scientific research centre in 2010 has allowed the University to advance its research into brain tumours and the search for new forms of therapy to attack them. The new laboratory has enabled the University, which has amassed considerable expertise in adult brain cancers, to join forces with a team from the Institute of Neurology in London, who specialise in cancerous childhood and so-called ‘low grade’ adult brain tumours. Collaboration between the two groups will bring together complementary skills in cell biology and molecular genetics and a shared interest in experimental therapeutics.

The University is growing as a destination for first-rate research in the field of dance medicine and science. The Arts and Humanities Research Council are the latest official body to acknowledge the excellent level of research within the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure. Completed last year, a research project looking into the importance of physical fitness in ballet and contemporary dancers was rated as outstanding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Well-timed research

Last year, a University forensic scientist discovered a new method for determining a person’s time of death in suspicious cases. The research examined how cartilage could be used to identify the time that has elapsed since a person has died. Very little research has been conducted in the deterioration of cartilage post-mortem, and these latest research findings provide another useful forensic tool for pinpointing time of death.

Better beginnings

Last year, University researchers commenced a significant new study examining the role and impact of people who work with young children. The Centre for Development and Applied Research in Education has been commissioned to undertake a three-year national evaluation of early years professionals. The study will contribute to the growing evidence of the role of early years professionals in improving outcomes for children and help inform the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) about practitioners’ needs and future professional development.

Putting energy into research

The University is assisting bioenergy producers to meet UK targets for green power generation. In 2010, a University research project began to examine the financial viability of using sources of bioenergy in the West Midlands. The project, which has been awarded £51,000 by the John Oldacre Foundation, aims to help enterprising people in rural areas look at sources of energy, such as wind power, biomass and the growth of crops to generate energy.

Closing the attainment gap

The University is highly regarded as an institution that places inclusivity and equality of opportunity at the top of its agenda. In 2010, a major University research project commenced which will help us to maintain and build upon our success in enabling students to reach their potential. The University secured a £190,000 grant from the Higher Education Academy to carry out research into the attainment levels of students from different backgrounds. The study will be conducted jointly with Coventry University and explores the gap between Black Minority Ethnic (BME) and white

students across the two universities. Researchers aim to identify characteristics of successful attainment and curriculum design principles which are inclusive. It will produce BME student experience case studies and a website.

Seminars with global appeal

Global citizenship, the personal and professional values that help graduates take a leading role in their local, national and international community is an attribute that the University passionately promotes amongst its students. Last year, the University launched a seminar series to investigate the importance of global citizenship. The University’s Institute for Learning Enhancement secured a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to lead the two-year seminar series. Seminars will bring together prominent social scientists, academic teachers from a variety of disciplines and colleagues working in International Offices and Centres. Partners in the project include the Institute of Education London, the University of the Arts, University College London and Thames Valley University.


> Artist’s impression of The Performance Hub

> The Brain Tumour UK Neuro-Oncology Research Centre

> Summer Graduation: two weeks, 18 ceremonies, and over 4,000 graduates

> The Vice-Chancellor presenting an honorary degree to His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

> Honouring His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

> The official opening of the Ambika Paul Student Union Centre


> The official launch of the Institute of Gaming and Animation and the Institute of Media Arts

> The School of Technology exhibiting at The Gadget Show Live at the NEC, Birmingham

> Work begins on The Performance Hub

> The Brain Tumour UK Neuro-Oncology Research Centre

> Caparo Innovation Centre celebrates its win at the Lord Stafford Awards

> The Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre opens its doors


Each year we are delighted to confer honorary degrees on those who have made a significant contribution to their field. In 2010, we welcomed many remarkable individuals to the University in order to celebrate their achievements. Here are just some of the inspirational figures who the University honoured during 2010.

Clifford Joseph Price ‘Goldie’ School of Art & Design Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design Goldie initially earned his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands during the early 1980s. His artwork around Birmingham and Wolverhampton was featured in Dick Fontaine’s Channel 4 documentary Bombin’, first screened in 1988. It was his move to London and a visit to the Rage Club in 1991 that prompted a change in direction for the graffiti artist. Goldie launched the Sunday Sessions at the Blue Note club and saw the birth and growth of the Drum and Bass label Metalheadz that created his album Timeless. During a recording career spanning two decades, Goldie has sold more than 2.5 million records worldwide. Goldie has many TV and film appearances to his credit, including Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, Eastenders and Maestro. In 2009, Goldie scored a piece of music for the Proms entitled Sine Tempore. A twopart BBC documentary, Classic Goldie followed, portraying his versatile talent. Goldie won huge public support when he spoke out to try and recruit social workers as part of a national TV campaign. Goldie is currently involved in TV and film projects.



Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss of March Green GBE School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE was appointed to the House of Lords in 2006. Called to the Bar aged 21 as a member of the Inner Temple, she was in practice at the Bar from 19551970. Formerly a Registrar at the Principal Registry of Probate (later, the Family Division) from 1970-1979, she was elected Bencher in 1979. During her term as Judge of the High Court Family Division from 1979-1988, she was Chairman of the well-known Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry. Baroness Butler-Sloss acted as the first lady Lord Justice of Appeal from 1988-1999, and was the Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 1998. She became President of the Family Division in October 1999, a position she held until April 2005. She is a former Chairman of the St Paul’s Cathedral Advisory Committee, Chancellor of the University of the West of England, a Governor of Merchant Taylors’ School, a Governor of Coram (one of the country’s oldest children’s charities) and President of the Grandparents Association. She is Visitor to St Hilda’s College Oxford and Hon Fellow of St Hilda’s and King’s College London and is a FRCP; FRCPsych; FRCPaed and FRSM.

John Sharples School of Education Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education John Sharples, a Chartered Civil Engineer, joined Tarmac plc after graduating from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He became Managing Director of Tarmac’s UK building contractor and property development businesses before his appointment to the board of Carillion plc in 1999. During his career, John has served on employer representative bodies for the construction industry, including the national council of the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors and the Employers’ Conciliation Board. He was also a Director of the influential Reading Construction Forum for several years. John was appointed a Governor of the University of Wolverhampton in 1996, and was Chairman of the Board of Governors from 2003-2009. As a University Governor, John chaired the University’s Estates Strategy Committee throughout the institution’s extensive building development programme and was a member of the board of Wolverhampton Science Park, a joint venture with Wolverhampton City Council which promotes new business activity throughout the region.



Michael Mansfield QC School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws Called to the Bar in 1967, Michael Mansfield gained a BA (Hons) degree in History and Philosophy from Keele University before turning to law. He made his name in the Angry Brigade trial in the early 1970s before establishing Tooks Court Chambers in 1984. He took silk (became a Queen’s Counsel) in 1989. Michael has never shied away from controversial cases, especially where civil liberties are at stake. He has been involved in high profile cases such as Barry George – wrongly convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, and represented the families of victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings, and of Jean Charles de Menezes. Michael Mansfield has written extensively in all major broadsheets and law journals and appeared in several documentaries. His books Presumed Guilty and Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer have been critically acclaimed. He is the President of Amicus, Haldene Society of Socialist Lawyers and National Civil Rights Movement. He fully supports the work of the Fitted-In Project.

Gurdas Maan School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music With a career spanning over 25 years, Gurdas Maan has become the most prolific and recognisable Punjabi singer in the world today. To date, he has produced over 30 albums and written over 200 songs. He has played a major role in promoting Asian culture at an international level. His songs portray real-life issues and appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. His ability to sing, write his own lyrics and perform on stage gained him international stardom, and he has performed in the USA, Canada, Middle East, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, Italy, Greece, Denmark, France, Norway and Australia. A star of many Bollywood blockbusters, Gurdas Maan has received numerous awards, including the Jury’s Award, presented to him by the President of India in 2005. Gurdas Maan is one of an exclusive handful of Indian artists who has consistently filled the largest and most prestigious venues in the UK, including Wembley Arena, the NEC (LG Arena) and the Royal Albert Hall.



Ian Powell University of Wolverhampton Business School Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration Ian Powell is the Chairman and Senior Partner of the UK firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP. As a member of the five-man Network Leadership team which directs the international network of PwC firms, Ian is responsible for the Central Cluster which spans 97 countries and accounts for half of PwC’s worldwide revenues. A graduate of the University of Wolverhampton, on gaining a BA (Hons) in Economics, Ian joined PwC in 1977 and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW). He worked in Assurance in the early part of his career before specialising in the business arena. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at Insead Business School in Fontainebleau, France. Ian has amassed a broad range of experience working with a wide variety of clients. PwC works with many of the world’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs as well as public sector clients and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). For the past seven years PwC has been voted a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer.

Steve Morgan OBE School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters Born in Liverpool, Steve Morgan, is the founder of Redrow plc, which he started at the age of 21 with the aid of a £5,000 loan from his father. Under his leadership Redrow became one of the UK’s most successful homebuilders and a FTSE 250 Company. He led the flotation of the Company in 1994 and eventually stepped down as Chairman in November 2000, although his company, Bridgemere, remained one of the largest shareholders. Steve returned to the helm at Redrow in March 2009. In August 2007, Steve became Chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Under Steve’s leadership Wolves were crowned Champions of the Championship in 2009 and gained promotion to the Premier League. In 1992, Steve was awarded the OBE for his services to the construction industry. The Morgan Foundation, a charity which Steve founded in 2001, is one of the largest providers of funding for children’s and family charities across North Wales, Merseyside and West Cheshire. The Morgan Foundation is also the main funder for ‘Wolves Aid’, which is the largest charity of its type in football.



Student numbers

Staff numbers

Data source HESA return and SITS, November 2010

Academic School School of Education School of Health and Wellbeing School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications School of Technology University of Wolverhampton Business School School of Applied Sciences School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure School of Art & Design Total

Level of study

Data source University of Wolverhampton staffing reports, November 2010 No.


4,390 3,951 3,835 3,776 2,419 2,181 1,892 1,452

18.4 16.5 16.1 15.8 10.1 9.1 7.9 6.1

23,896 100.0




Undergraduate Postgraduate taught Postgraduate research Total

12,297 1,788 101 14,186

7,052 2,528 130 9,710

19,349 4,316 231 23,896



White 13,470 Asian Indian 2,575 Asian Pakistani 1,300 Black African 1,189 Black Caribbean 1,087 Not given 1,078 Not known 901 Asian other 504 Asian Chinese 439 White & Black Caribbean 320 Other 306 Asian Bangladeshi 257 Black other 197 Mixed other 123 White & Asian 107 White & Black African 43 Total

% Gender 56.4 Female 10.8 Male 5.4 Total 5.0 4.6 4.5 3.8 2.1 1.8 1.3 1.3 1.1 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.2

23,896 100.0


Staff group



Admin, Professional Academic Manual Total

1,242 825 395 2,462

50.45 33.51 16.04 100.0

Working patterns



Full-time Part-time Total Gender Female Male Total


13,898 58.2 9,998 41.8 23,896 100.0


1,707 69.33 755 30.67 2,462 100.0 No.


1,468 59.63 994 40.37 2,462 100.0 No.


White British 1,995 81.03 Asian/Asian British Indian 187 7.60 Black/Black British Caribbean 65 2.64 White other 63 2.56 Black/Black British African 24 0.97 Asian other 19 0.77 Chinese 17 0.70 White Irish 16 0.65 Asian/Asian British Pakistani 15 0.61 Asian/Asian British Bangladeshi 12 0.49 White & Black Caribbean 12 0.49 Ethnic other 11 0.45 Black other 8 0.32 Mixed other 5 0.20 Not known 5 0.20 White & Black African 5 0.20 White & Asian 3 0.12 Total 2,462 100.0


Financial summary 2009/10 Income for applied research and development 23%

Applied research and development forms part of other operating income. 36%

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2% 0%

£25.5m £25m




Funding Council Grants Academic Fees and Support Grants Other operating income Research Grants and other contracts Endowment income and interest receivable

64,199 57,906 37,093 3,102 360

39 36 23 2 0*






162,660 100.0


*Less than 1%








How the income was used



Staff costs Other operating expenses Depreciation Interest payable

97,036 53,989 7,967 4,324

59 33 5 3


163,316 100.0

£0m 2005/06




Financial year



Taking the lead

Lord Paul of Marylebone Chancellor

Professor Caroline Gipps Vice-Chancellor

Michael Elliott Chair of the Board of Governors

Professor Sir Geoff Hampton Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Garry Sproston Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Director of Finance

Professor Judith Burnett Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic

Jane Nelson Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs

Professor Ian Oakes Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise

Helen Lloyd Wildman Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Corporate Services


Board of Governors


Senior Management Group


Professor Judith Burnett School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications

Tony Lee University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors

Dr Bryony Conway School of Art & Design

Colin Addy Director, IT Services

Professor C V Gipps

Professor John Darling School of Applied Sciences and University Director of Research

Nigel Babb Director, Strategic Developments

Independent Members

Professor Kit Field School of Education

Paul Bishton Deputy Director of Education Partnerships and Head, Midlands Leadership Centre

Mr M Elliott Deputy Chair Ms K Gee Vice-Chancellor

Ms K Copestake Dr J Johnson Cllr K S Sahota Mr J Sharp Mr S Towe CBE Dr S Walford

Co-opted Members Ms C Burgher Professor M Chambers Mr J Chorley Ms L Cutting Mr I Hyde Ms A Kimbley

Academic Board Nominee Members Dr B Conway Mr J Pymm

Student Nominee Member Mr K Harris

Dr Anthea Gregory University of Wolverhampton Business School Professor Linda Lang School of Health and Wellbeing

Professor Glynis Cousin Director, Institute for Learning Enhancement

Professor Rob Moreton School of Technology

Ashar Ehsan Director, Marketing and Communications

John Pymm School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure

Marc Fleetham Director, Business Solutions

Jon Elsmore Dean of Students

Janette Gilder Director, Project Support Office Jo Gittens Director, International Centre Henry Gun-Why Director, Estates and Facilities Andrew Holding Head, Finance Fiona Parsons Director, Learning and Information Services Paul Travill Academic Registrar Roger Williams Director, Personnel

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