University of Wolverhampton unveils 10 year plan to support local area

The University of Wolverhampton has outlined its plans for the next 10 years, focusing efforts on people and place to help the economy emerge from the Covd-19 pandemic.

The University of Wolverhampton
The University of Wolverhampton

Work on the Vision 2030 plan began before the Covid-19 pandemic, but the university says its purpose has never been more vital to the resurgence of the region and its communities.

The plan includes a list of goals which outline what success would look like in 2030, including a personalised approach to learning centred on individual students, research with clear benefits to society and a network of science and innovation parks.

Vision 2030 also highlights the importance of the environment and sustainability, with the aim of being carbon neutral and a focus on 'recover and reuse' to achieve zero waste.

Vice-chancellor Professor Geoff Layer said: “Our new strategic plan, Vision 2030, cements our commitment to our Place – our regions and our communities, and also our People – our students, staff, graduates and partners.

"In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the needs of our people and place have never been more prominent and the importance of education and skills will be at the forefront of economic and social recovery.

Circumstances

“The first pillar of Vision 2030 is around Inclusive Student Success, aiming to improve student outcomes and satisfaction and removing barriers to ensure all can participate and achieve their potential.

"It focuses on ensuring students can learn in a manner that suits their circumstances and preference, combining technology such as online learning at a time of a student’s choosing and more traditional face-to-face learning methods.

“The second pillar focuses on place, and the belief that universities are about transforming society, ensuring the needs of their area and people are at the heart of what they do.

"An example is the way the University delivers healthcare education in multiple locations – Wolverhampton, Walsall, Telford and Burton – helping each area to become self-sufficient in health professionals. This also includes working in partnership with local healthcare trusts on research and training.

“Through our dual aims of Inclusive Student Success and Place, we will cement our position as the University of Opportunity. Our purpose is to deliver higher education at the point of need and offer people the opportunity to excel, whatever their background and circumstances.”

Vision 2030 is available to view on the university’s website.

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