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February E-Zine 2018


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Welcome to the WLV Alumni Association


News round-up


Faculty of Arts: News


Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing: News


Faculty of Science and Engineering: News


Faculty of Social Sciences: News


Upcoming events


Support us



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Welcome to the WLV Alumni Association Happy New Year from your Alumni and Development team! A warm welcome to the winter WLV Alumni Association e-zine, as we look forward to the year ahead and an exciting calendar of alumni events in 2018. We closed 2017 with a staff alumni party, welcoming graduates who found employment here at the University to enjoy a choir performance, festive science by Dr Martin Khechara, mulled wine and tasty treats. Of course, we give all our alumni fantastic opportunities to return to the University – becoming a graduate doesn’t mean losing contact with your friends or your alma mater, it’s the beginning of a relationship that lasts a lifetime. Our special Homecoming event in June is a special celebration, where alumni can come together at City Campus this summer for a chance to catch up, reminisce, network, and enjoy food, drink and some great entertainment! We hope to see you there – more details can be found on page 5.

As part of the WLV Alumni Association, a global network of over 100,000 alumni in more than 130 countries around the world, you remain a valued member of the University and we hope to remain a lifelong source of support to help you achieve your personal and professional aspirations, whatever they may be. We hope you enjoy this issue, and encourage as many of you to get involved by taking a look at our upcoming events and signing up to our alumni mentoring service. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Alumni and Development Team

Image (left) Staff alumni Christmas event held on the 14th December in the Chancellor’s Hall.



News round-up Image 01 WLV Alumnus & Honorary Graduate Anthony Kam, pictured with guests from our Hong Kong Reunion. Image 02 Briony Marshall photo courtesy of fellow WLV Graduate Yasmin Qureshi Photography.

Image 03 & 04 80’s reunion: (left to right) Kelly, Izzy, Mary & Sujata as students; reunited over 30 years on (left to right) Asrar, Ravi, Billy, Sujata, Azmina, Mary, Cheena, Ashraf & Spike.

A glimpse into WLV alumni achievements and activities over the past few months…

Image 05 Alumna Val Wright pictured on a recent campus visit, promoting her award winning book

’80s graduates reunite at University gettogether A group of early 1980s University of Wolverhampton graduates reunited at City Campus in November 2017 for a tour of the modern day campus and a catch-up. The friends, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in over 30 years, shared old photos and memories from their time at University over



drinks, followed by a meal in the city. Fancy organising a reunion of your own? Get in touch with your WLV Alumni Association.

Writing graduate Briony’s career Unravels – in a good way! Creative and Professional Writing graduate Briony Marshall spoke to the WLV Alumni Association,

following the successful launch of her debut published novel, Unravelled. The book, published by The Writing Hall in 2017, tells the story of keen knitter Claire who looks to the owner of the local wool shop to help tame her woolly woes and get her life back on track. Speaking to us, Briony said: “The University gave me the tools I needed and the confidence necessary to become an author – [it was]

an inspiration that will last a life time.” Read the full interview online. Find out more at Briony’s website.

Alumni reunite in Hong Kong Graduates and guests gathered together for a memorable evening in Hong Kong last year. The Hong Kong Alumni Chapter welcomed alumni to a Michelin star restaurant, Ye Shanghai, located at the waterfront of Victoria Harbour in the city. Featuring welcome addresses made by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, and Dr Louis Ma, Director of SCOPE from City University of Hong Kong, the event also included wine tasting and dinner as well as updates on plans for future collaboration.

Graduate’s lecture offers expertise on making a positive difference Stourbridge-born and California-based Val Wright, a University graduate who was part of the pioneering team behind the Xbox Kinect, returned to her alma mater to deliver 2017’s Crystal Lecture: Making a Positive Difference by Being Thoughtfully Ruthless. The event, hosted by the University and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in October, offered attendees an insightful look at Val’s approach to business, innovation and growth which has produced typical client results of market domination in extraordinarily short time frames.







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Faculty of Arts: News WLV artists showcase work Made in Wolves has had a successful first six months promoting and selling artworks made by our students, staff and alumni. Pop up events at Cosford Air Show, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the School of Art have showcased artworks and generated positive feedback. Made in Wolves is looking for new artists who want to get involved – get in touch to find out more!

Student choreographs award-winning future Kennedy Glews, 27, scooped the Outstanding Business of the Year award at the 2017 Midland Business and Community Charity Awards for her business, the Kennedy School of Dance, which teaches 150 students everything from tap to modern dance. Fashion & Textiles graduate Kennedy progressed on to a Master’s degree in Design and Applied Arts.


02 Sky’s the limit for Illustration graduate

Film festival flies into city

Wolverhampton-based Illustration graduate Lindsay Pritchard, 46, was one of eight shortlisted artists in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017, filmed at Knaresborough Castle in Yorkshire. She said: “Studying Illustration at the University really opened up a whole new world for me and helped me to harness my true potential as an artist.”

The Black Bird Film Festival will screen a selection of short films at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton at 6pm on 19 February. The festival is the brainchild of University graduate Alexandra Hackett, and all proceeds are being donated to registered charity, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.


04 Image 01 Made in Wolves at the Bessant Gallery.

Image 02 Alumna Kennedy Glews, winner of the Outstanding Business of the Year award at the Midland Business and Community Charity Awards.

Image 03 Made in Wolves at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Image 04 Alumna and film maker Alex Hackett who is hosting the Black Bird Film Festival.

05 Image 05 Artwork by Wolverhampton Art School Graduate and alumna Lindsay Pritchard.


Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing: News Lessons learned on childhood in new book Education and health experts from the University have contributed to a newly published text on childhood, Contemporary Issues in Childhood. A Biological Approach (published by Routledge), which is aimed at undergraduates undertaking child related courses. Edited by Zeta Brown, from the Institute of Education, and Stephen Ward, from Bath Spa University, the book features contributions from over 10 University academics.

Unveiling our new Physician Associate lab The Faculty has invested in a new and highly innovative Dynamic Multi-Dimensional Laboratory featuring worldleading technology to help students explore anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. The new space offers a more collaborative way of exploring systems-based topics, whilst enabling contextualisation to clinical practice with real-life case studies.

Practice Educators to provide support to trainee nurses The appointment of three Practice Educators within the Faculty means extra support is available for Trainee Nurse Associates (TNAs) currently on the University’s pilot two-year foundation degree programme. The role of the Practice Educators has been shaped to be visible in practice areas to support the Trainee and their Practice Assessors (Registered Nurses), by advising on completion of the Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and Skills Inventory and also signposting and enhancing learning opportunities and experiences. The first Trainees are due to qualify in 2019.

PhD students’ success PhD student Adam Dwight has had his first paper, Ten Years of the UK’s Eqaulity Standard for Sport, published in the European Journal of Sport and Society. He surveyed 42 English

or UK-based governing bodies of sport and concluded that results indicate that there is proactive work being carried out by sports organisations to widen the appeal of their sports with previously underrepresented groups. Dal Uppal, Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD student, presented alongside Professor Jean Williams at the Sporting Heritage, Photography and TV Conference on 29 November 2017. Isaac M. Danat, whose research focuses on obesity in the older population, has published a paper in a peer-reviewed journal with his supervisor’s team colleagues, Prevalence and determinants of undetected dementia in the community: a systematic literature review and a meta-analysis. He also gave an oral presentation at the sixth international conference on epidemiology and public health in Paris, France last year.

Faculty lecture and seminar series: alumni welcome! The Faculty’s series of lectures and seminars features a variety of speakers including members of University staff and honorary research fellows of the University. This shared learning event is an excellent avenue to debate and discuss key issues pertaining to health and social care as well as more contemporary issues. Alumni are welcome to attend these FREE events. Find out more and book your place.


Image 01 New Dynamic MultiDimensional Laboratory.


Faculty of Science and Engineering: News Research collaboration’s food for thought

Prestigious international award for scientist

Food and chemical producers are drawing on the research expertise of academics from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Birmingham, sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, to look at the underpinning science behind many industrially important products.

A University of Wolverhampton scientist has received a prestigious global award for his outstanding contribution in the field of advanced acoustic materials and technology. Dr Arun Arjunan has been named the Young Scientist of the Year 2018 by the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM).

Professional body extends to Hong Kong Dr Paul Hampton, Head of Architecture and Built Environment at the University, presented formal Quantity Surveyors International (QSI) accreditation to Hong Kong board members in 2017. QSI is the professional construction and engineering body specialising in the financial aspects of construction and engineering with members spanning the globe.

Graduate’s wolf joins the pack in Telford A graduate from the University’s Wolverhampton School of Art, was commissioned by the University to create a new Race Team Wolf statue for the University of Wolverhampton Race Team. Nigel James Kilworth worked on some of the original ‘Wolves in Wolves’ public art trail statues, placed around the city in summer 2017, and the new statue is now on display in Telford. Image 01 University of Wolverhampton Race Team (UWR) with a new member of the pack.


Engineering students enter the ‘Wolves Den’ 10 engineering students pitched radical new product ideas to a panel of ‘investors’ as part of a University Dragon’s Den style event. Team members James Small, Thomas Hill, Zoltan Szalai and Mael Bodson won for their portable MRI scanner idea, which was chosen as the winner by a panel of Faculty of Science and Engineering members.

Recognition for renowned researcher’ Professor of Information Science Mike Thelwall, an internationallyrenowned researcher in cybermetrics, has been recognised on the Highly Cited Researchers list. Made by American company Clarivate Analytics, the list includes scholars that are in the top one per cent for research influence in the world for over a decade in their broad disciplinary area.

Image 02 Dr Paul Hampton, Head of Architecture and Built Environment at the University, presenting Hong Kong board members the QSi accreditation.

Image 03 Members of Wolves Den; Dr Syed Hasan, Professor Phil Cox and Professor Chike Oduoza.




Faculty of Social Sciences: News Prestigious honour for influential historian

Remembering the ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech

A University of Wolverhampton historian has received a national accolade for his work on the First World War. Dr Spencer Jones has been made a Haig Fellow for 2018 by the Douglas Haig Fellowship, a charity promoting the study of the life of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Army’s Commander-in-Chief on the Western Front during the Great War.

A project documenting the local impact of Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech is to be launched to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the controversial speech in April 2018. The University received a £9,400 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and will deliver a website, an exhibition in close collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and a half-day conference to take place on Saturday 21 April.

Holocaust survivor speaks at annual lecture


The University was pleased to welcome Holocaust survivor Henri Obstfeld, who delivered a firsthand testimony at our Holocaust Memorial Day Annual Lecture. Henri was born in Amsterdam in 1940. His visit was organised with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Image 01 Research Fellow Dr Shirin Hirsch who is leading the Many Rivers to Cross project Image 02 Wolverhampton historian and senior lecturer Dr Spencer Jones

Business Alumnus? Get a FREE afternoon of professional development!

FREE event, but please note booking is essential. RSVP by Friday 16 March to book your place. Email:


Thursday 22 March 2018 1.30pm-6.00pm Caparo Executive Education Centre Lord Swraj Paul Building Molineux Street Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG

We’re thrilled to welcome Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), who will lead an inspirational afternoon of business development sessions.


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Mentor who you want, when you want. Support current students and fellow alumni. Share your skills and experiences. Manage your own mentor profile. Access 24/7 online training resources and mentoring hints and tips.

Did you know being mentored gets you all this? • Mentors with the knowledge, skills and experience you need. • Career advice and guidance to help you during your studies. • Application and interview tips. • Placement and volunteer opportunities. • Professional global networking.


Upcoming events 17 FEB

Undergraduate Open Day

21 APR

Undergraduate Open Day

All three campuses will open, for guidance and advice on courses, finance, accommodation and much more.

All three campuses will open, for guidance and advice on courses, finance, accommodation and much more.

Find out more online or, for further details, contact our enquiries team on tel: 0800 953 3222 or email:

Find out more online or, for further details, contact our enquiries team on tel: 0800 953 3222 or email:

13 MAR

The University of Wolverhampton in Stafford: Dementia Awareness – Free Session

Hosted by senior lecturers from the University of Wolverhampton, this free session is designed to raise awareness of dementia. It will help you to learn more about the condition, spot signs and symptoms and consider ways in which we can better support people at home, in the community and at work. Book now!

22 MAR

Postgraduate Open Evening

This evening event is an informal opportunity to discover more about our courses and chat to academics about the subject or course you are interested in. Find out more online or, for further details, contact our enquiries team on tel: 0800 953 3222 or email:

22 MBA and Business Alumni


CPD Event

An inspirational afternoon of professional development in the Lord Swraj Paul Building, home of the University of Wolverhampton Business School. Featuring Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover. Book online.



International Fair

Join us in the Millennium City Courtyard as we celebrate global culture and diversity with an exciting array of international stalls, live music, and performances. Get involved!

16 JUN

Undergraduate Open Day

All three campuses will open, for guidance and advice on courses, finance, accommodation and much more. Find out more online or, for further details, contact our enquiries team on tel: 0800 953 3222 or email:



Alumni Homecoming Reunion

We welcome all graduates back to the pack! An evening of live music, comedy, food and drink. Join us in the courtyard at City Campus, 7pm ’til late. Buy your tickets now.


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