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The University of Wolverhampton has met the demands for education and innovation from industry for more than 190 years, evolving with the region’s economic expansion.
This tradition of providing opportunity and academic excellence remains today with the university having a clear mission: Maximising opportunity through generating knowledge, innovation and enterprise.
The University of Wolverhampton’s history may have roots in the 19th century but now it leads the world in 21st century technology, whether it is being the first in the world to uncover one of the processes in the body that can cause type 2 diabetes, or developing Europe’s first metal laser sintering machine
Consisting of four separate campuses, in Wolverhampton city centre, Telford, Walsall and the University of Wolverhampton Science Park, the University is well connected to the rest of the West Midlands, the UK and via Birmingham international airport, abroad.
From pioneering research into brain tumours to shopping habits in the 19th century, the University of Wolverhampton has a growing research community that fosters a spirit of enquiry and a thirst for discovery, speeding up the pace of innovation and development in the West Midlands.
All of the university’s academic schools have areas of research strength, overseen by its established Research Institutes and Centres, many of which work closely with industry on large-scale projects.
The university is continually growing its research capability, building on international and local findings and utilising its strengths in a number of research areas. This allows it to help businesses with their own research and development, leading to new products, services, processes and markets.
This commitment to research was recognised in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), with a £2 million investment – testament to dedicated, hard-working staff, and a mark of the University of Wolverhampton’s constant drive for discovery and innovation.
The University of Wolverhampton can offer its expertise and services to businesses across a number of areas, in addition to research. These include:
New product development services – The SciTech Innovation Hub provides new product development services for businesses and individuals.
Innovation projects – Businesses can find out how to access resources, government funding and expertise to innovate, expand or improve the performance of their business through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) or the Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN).
Virtual reality modelling – The university’s Virtual Design Enterprise Centre is a purpose-built virtual reality centres, which allows businesses to visualise a product or situation and evaluate its characteristics in detail before the final design.
Consultancy services – The university’s academic staff is available to work with businesses as consultants on a variety of projects. From help to re-model strategy to support on business issues such as the delivery of new products and services, academic staff are there to help.
The University of Wolverhampton provides access to some of the best graduate skills in the region. Business can access resources through a number of schemes, including:
The WXP programme, which lasts between 8-12 weeks, giving businesses a dedicated resource to work on a specific project. Businesses won’t need to pay any company NI or tax, as they access new and innovative knowledge and skills while providing valuable work experience.
The Graduate WXP and WWU programmes are for businesses looking to recruit a recent graduate to work over the next 3-12 months, helping the business to grow, improve efficiency or work on a specific project. The graduate can be employed on either a full or part time basis, to suit the needs of the business.
The university’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) puts a highly skilled graduate, working full time on a strategic project for 12-36 months. The graduate is supervised by a leading academic who is also utilised for knowledge, support and advice.