Looking to the millennium

Wolverhampton Polytechnic was operational by the creation of five faculties; Applied Science, Art and Design, Arts, Engineering and Social Sciences. The functional units were operated by committees such as the Academic Board, Faculty Boards, Planning and Standing Committees, Committee of Deans.

During the seventies, Wolverhampton was attracting students from Iran, Malaysia and Nigeria, many studying on engineering, business and computing courses. In addition to students, academic delivery overseas was also beginning to flourish. With the faculty of Art and Design entering into academic exchange programmes with Alfred University (New York), and the Faculty of Education began consultancy work in Egypt.

Mergers with Teacher Training Colleges in Wolverhampton and Dudley in the 1970s and in Walsall in 1989 played a part in the institution’s expansion, and in 1992, with an ambitious new campus in Telford under construction, it was granted University status.

By 2008 the University had c23,000 student on four campuses (Wolverhampton, Telford, Walsall and Compton Park).

Having invested close to £125m on campus developments the University is well placed to understand that the student is at the heart of any future developments.