Part of Wolverhampton city centre has officially been re-named the University Quarter in a bid to boost its profile.
Signs have now gone up announcing the name change. It is the fourth area to be officially designated in the city, adding to the Molineux Quarter, St Peter’s Quarter and St John and St
George Quarter. Bosses at Wolverhampton University today said it would help promote it as a ‘major focal point’ of the city.
The newly-created University Quarter stretches from The Gateway at The George to Fiveways, taking in the university’s buildings.
Chris Jones, spokesman for Wolverhampton University, said it had been working with the city council over the designation.
“The designation of the University Quarter recognises the importance of the University to the city, and the surrounding region, and emphasises that we are a university of the region,” he said. “It is intended for the University Quarter to become a recognisable part of the city landscape which conveys Wolverhampton’s identity as a place of enterprise, learning and world-leading research activity.”
Vice Chancellor Geoff Layer added that the university had been a major part of the Wolverhampton community for decades.
It has more than 15,000 students and 2,000 staff.
Signs have gone up at The Gateway at The George, in Stafford Street, which was the former Varsity pub, to mark the start of the new zone.