From January 2010 onwards the University has not appeared
in any league tables produced by newspapers. We appeared in the
Times league tables published in June 2009, in which our overall
position improved, but this was the last time.
These tables disadvantage universities such as Wolverhampton and
do not represent a fair picture of our strengths. There are many
published assessments of our performance.
The quality of our teaching and learning is assessed by the
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which reviews all UK higher
education institutions. Following our 2009 QAA Audit, we
received a glowing report which found ‘broad confidence’ (the
highest level of commendation) in the University’s academic
standards and the quality of the learning experience. We were also
praised for outstanding support for students.
Many subjects such as Law, Engineering, Education, Nursing and
Midwifery, and Pharmacy are subject to strict inspections by
regulatory bodies and we are in good standing with each of these.
For example, Education is one of only 10 Schools in the country to
have received outstanding inspection grades at both secondary and
The most recent National Student Survey rated Wolverhampton as
one of the best in the country for the quality of its learning
resources and access to specialist equipment.
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which assesses the
quality of research in universities and colleges in the UK, rated
many elements of our research as four-star, equivalent to world
leading. As a result, our research funding allocation from the
Higher Education Funding Council of c£2 million was the highest
amount for any new university in the West Midlands.
We have a strong reputation for business engagement,
particularly within the region. We are the 2nd highest
university in the country for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, a
measure of support for business.
This data is publicly available and more accurately represents
the strengths of the University of Wolverhampton than the privately
commissioned league tables.
Report provides data on the University and highlights some of
our key successes, and the impact we make.
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