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University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton focuses on putting students first. The three main teaching campuses in the Midlands offer a wide range of courses – many accredited by prestigious professional bodies. As the University of Opportunity, it also offers courses with partners nationwide, bringing its teaching to students' doorsteps.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: W75

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 71%
  • Part Time 29%

Where students come from

  • UK 95%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university provides traditional and high-tech facilities and extended opening hours at the campus Learning Centres, as well as an extensive range of online services to keep students informed and in touch.

Student jobs

  • The university's jobs shop offers opportunities to help students earn some extra money or get work experience, including part-time jobs, on-campus work, placements (in industry, during the summer, or international), and volunteering.

Careers advice

  • Careers advisors help students investigate their career options, support career planning and develop important skills, as well as providing practical support at all stages of job applications.
  • An annual Careers Fair provides ideal opportunities to meet potential employers; and the timetabled Career Development Week enables students to gain skills, insight and experience to boost their employability.

Health services

  • An award-winning Student Support and Well-being team can help students find everything they need to keep body and mind healthy.
  • The health and fitness department offers training, classes and top-notch facilities to enable everyone, regardless of ability and interest, to fit some exercise into their life, for little or no cost.
  • The Students' Union Well@Wolves programme is tailored to students' needs, including stress-busting craft days and furry-friend visitors; contraception and sexual health advice; gym and running buddies; and art and mindfulness sessions.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Personal counselling is available to all students, both face-to-face and online.
  • There are also self-help guides, workshops and further support from the chaplaincy team.

Disability support

  • Current and prospective students with a sensory or physical disability or specific learning difference are offered tailored support.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • For those with childcare needs, the university has its own on-site nursery at City campus, serving the university and local community for children between nine months and five years of age.
  • The university is active in promoting equality and diversity for the whole community – supporting BME, LGBT and disabled students and staff through networks and action including Pride, Black History Month, Deaffest and more.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union offers independent help and advice on matters ranging from academic issues, housing, personal matters and more. The Advice Quality Standard accredited centre is staffed by professionally trained, impartial advisors.
  • An extensive programme of events and activities helps to maximise students' campus experience, with social groups and societies; the health and well-being programme, Well@Wolves; and benefits from links with local retailers.
  • The union facilitates representation of the student voice to feed back students' views to the university, in order to influence positive change to all areas of university life.

History

  • The university's roots lie in Wolverhampton’s Mechanics Institutes and Free Library, which provided vocational and general education for working men in the 19th century.
  • The School of Art opened in 1851; over the years the university has grown to include more subjects and campuses – the Walsall campus specialising in education, health, sport and performing arts, and the Telford campus offering specialist engineering facilities.
  • In 1992 it was granted university status to became the University of Wolverhampton, providing a broad range of traditional and contemporary courses to meet the needs and aspirations of students, the area and the economy.

Fascinating Fact

  • In 1957, the college was awarded one of the earliest digital computers in the UK. Renamed WITCH – Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computation from Harwell – it was the first computer to ever be used at the University of Wolverhampton and remained a central teaching tool until 1973.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Chris Blythe – chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Builders.
  • Michael Cumming – director and film-maker.
  • Adesua Etomi – award-winning Nollywood actress.
  • Laura Harvey – manager and head coach with Utah Royals FC.
  • Tanweer Ikram – chief magistrate, Westminster Magistrates' Court.
  • David Odusanya – former executive creative director for Nike before co-founding CO-Lab creative agency, focusing on brand and design strategy.
  • Cornelia Parker OBE RA – sculptor and installation artist.
  • Suzi Perry – broadcaster and journalist.
  • Sir Ian Powell – chair of Capita plc, former chairperson of PwC.
  • Dr Gillian Small – university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Address

University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY