Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The takeover of the club and stadium

The takeover of the club and stadium by Sir Jack Hayward in 1990 paved the way for redevelopment, which was further prompted by legislation following the Taylor Report that outlawed terraces which affected Premier League and Division One stadiums from the 1993–94 season. Sony VAIO VPCF11Z1E Battery

The North Bank terrace was demolished in October 1991, and, the following summer, the new Stan Cullis Stand was completed in August 1992, in time for the 1992–93 season. Next came the demolition of the Waterloo Road Stand, with the new Billy Wright Stand opening in August 1993. The final phase of the redevelopment came in December 1993, Sony VAIO VPCF11Z1E/BI Battery

when the new Jack Harris Stand was opened on the site of the South Bank terrace.

The newly-renovated stadium was officially opened on 7 December 1993, in a friendly with Honvéd, the Hungarian team who had been beaten in one of Molineux's most famous original floodlit friendlies. Sony VAIO VPCF11ZHJ Battery

Molineux, with an all-seated capacity of 28,525, was then one of the largest stadiums in England, although this figure has since been exceeded by other new or revamped stadia.

In 2003, the John Ireland Stand was renamed the Steve Bull Stand (in honour of the club's highest goalscorer of all time), Sony VAIO VPCF127HGBI Battery

and at the same time the south-west corner of the ground was filled with 900 temporary seats, known as the Graham Hughes Stand, which, until their removal in the summer of 2006, raised the Molineux capacity to 29,400.[5] This expansion occurred when Wolves were promoted to the Premier League, and allowed the club to set a record crowd for the redeveloped stadium of 29,396 on 17 January 2004, Sony VAIO VPCF137HG/BI Battery

when they defeated Manchester United 1–0. This seating area – now officially named the Wolves Community Trust Stand – has again been added since the club's return to the top flight in 2009, which lifted the capacity to 29,195 before the club began its redevelopment of the stadium in summer 2011. Sony VAIO VPCS111FM/S Battery

Plans were announced in May 2010 to begin an extensive multi-million pound programme of redevelopment to enlarge the stadium's capacity and develop its facilities.[3] A full application for planning permission was submitted in September 2010,[6] and granted three months later.[7] Sony VAIO VPCS115EC Battery

Phase 1 of this process was confirmed in February 2011,[8][9] and commenced on 23 May 2011 as demolition of the Stan Cullis Stand began. In its place will be a new two-tier stand (seating 7,798), complete with mega-store, museum, café, hospitality facilities and video screen, that will be officially opened for the 2012–13 season. Sony VAIO VPCS115FG Battery

The stand will extend around into the north east corner – currently open space – to house away fans in this spot. Stadium capacity at the end of this phase will be approximately 31,700.[8]

This phase, costing an estimated £18 million, is being carried out by contractors the Buckingham Group.[10] Sony VAIO VPCS117GG Battery

The lower tier was opened to fans during September 2011, creating the current stadium capacity of 27,828.[11][12] Phase 1 is now fully completed. It has 14 blocks, 7 in the lower tier - NL1 to NL7 - and 7 in the upper tier - NU1 to NU7.[13]

Phase 2 will be the rebuilding of the Steve Bull Stand over a two-season period. Sony VAIO VPCS117GGB Battery

Work was initially set to begin in summer 2012,[3] but has since been postponed with no revised start date yet set.[14] At the conclusion of this stage stadium capacity would reach around 36,000 and see this stand connected to the new Stan Cullis Stand. Proceeding with this second stage would raise the redevelopment spend to in excess of £40 million. Sony VAIO VPCS118EC Battery

Phase 3 is subject to demand and finance, but is planned to be the construction of a new top-tier on the Jack Harris Stand, that will connect it to the new Steve Bull Stand. This would bring capacity up to around 38,000.

Phase 4 is a tentative plan to completely redevelop the Billy Wright Stand in a move that would bring capacity to 50,000. Sony VAIO VPCS119FJ/B Battery

However, no planning permission will yet be sought for this phase and it remains only a potential, rather than planned, development with no timeframe in place. If this happened, it would make Molineux one of the largest stadiums in England providing there are few relocations or substantial expansions by other clubs in the meantime. Sony VAIO VPCS119GC Battery

The University of Wolverhampton is a British university located on four campuses across the West Midlands andShropshire. The city campus is located in Wolverhampton city centre, with a second campus at Walsall and a third in Telford. There is a fourth campus at Burton-upon-Trent where many of the nursing students reside. Sony VAIO VPCS11AFJ Battery

The institution was known as Wolverhampton Polytechnic before gaining university status in 1992. Its roots lie in the 19th Century growth of the Wolverhampton Mechanics’ Institute (founded 1835); the Wolverhampton Free Library (1870); and the School of Art, established in 1851, which came together as the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College in 1931. Sony VAIO VPCS11AGJ Battery

The University has eight academic schools and cross-disciplinary research centres and institutes.

It has approximately 23,000 students[3] and currently offers over 380 undergraduate and postgraduate courses.[4]

The University is noted for its success in encouraging wider participation in higher education.[5] Sony VAIO VPCS11AHJ Battery

It is a member of Million+, the University think-tank.

The roots of the University of Wolverhampton lie in the 19th century growth of the Wolverhampton Mechanics’ Institute (founded 1835), which provided vocational and general education for working men; Sony VAIO VPCS11AVJ Battery

the Wolverhampton Free Library (1870) which developed technical, scientific, commercial and general classes; and the School of Art, established in 1851.[6]

In 1931 His Royal Highness, Prince George, laid the foundation stone for the new Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College. Sony VAIO VPCS11J7E/B Battery

By 1945, the creation of the Music Department allowed the College to capitalise on the growing demand for a variety of subject areas. Enrolment in the first year totalled 135, and by 1950 HM Inspectors stated "it was unique among technical colleges". The composer Vaughn Williams attended a performance of his ‘Riders to the Sea’ in early 1950.[7] Sony VAIO VPCS11M1E/W Battery

In 1951 the College's name was changed to the Wolverhampton and Staffordshire College of Technology, and the work of the High School of Commerce was partially transferred to the College.

In 1956 the Joint Education Committee of the college noted: "Research is an essential feature of any institution of higher learning. Sony VAIO VPCS11V9E Battery

Very good work is being done in applied science, and mechanical engineering is bringing to fruition negotiation with a local firm for sponsored research into problems at heat exchangers".[7]

By 1957–58 the student numbers grew to 6,236. This included trainee teachers being enrolled into the College. Sony VAIO VPCS11V9E/B Battery

Parallel developments with Wulfrun College set the foundations for the creation of the Faculty of Education created in 1977.

The first computers also arrived in 1957, the WITCH (Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computing from Harwell). Sony VAIO VPCS11X9E/B Battery

The annual report for 1956–57 records: "Following a visit of a member of staff to Harwell, the college in competition with eight other colleges was offered the gift of an Electronic Digital Computer." A number of local firms donated sums of money to cover the cost of maintenance and operation.[7] Sony VAIO VPCS123FGB Battery

The WITCH is now considered to be the "oldest original functioning electronic stored program computer in the world"[8] and from September 2009 began restoration at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park.[9]

By 1964 with the further expansion of Higher Education the college began to provide BA degrees with options in English, Sony VAIO VPCS125EC Battery

Geography, History, Music, and Economics amongst others. By 1965 the college was offering a degree in Computer Technology.[7]

In 1969 the College of Technology and the College of Art amalgamated to become Wolverhampton Polytechnic. Sony VAIO VPCS128EC Battery

The formal opening ceremony took place on 14 January 1970. 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.[10] Sony VAIO VPCS129GC Battery

1970 saw the opening of the New School of Art and Design, opened by Sir Charles Wheeler. Mergers with Teacher Training Colleges in Wolverhampton and Dudley in the 1970s added to the expansion of the Polytechnic, with additional growth in 1989 on Walsall Campus when the Polytechnic acquired the Teacher Training College site.[11] Sony VAIO VPCS12C7E/B Battery

In 1992 the Polytechnic was granted university status and became the University of Wolverhampton.

The University was further expanded by the construction of the Telford Campus, completed in 1994, which includes in its grounds the 18th Century, Grade II listed Priorslee Hall; the oldest building under the University of Wolverhampton's banner. Sony VAIO VPCS12L9E/B Battery

Telford Campus teaches students from the Business School and Engineering and Built Environment.

1994 also saw Wolverhampton become the first UK university to be awarded the Charter Mark for excellence in customer service.[11]

In 1995 the Wolverhampton Science Park opened; Sony VAIO VPCS12V9E/B Battery

a collaboration between the University and the local council, with its main aim being to forge links between local businesses and the University's research departments. The Science Park housed The Creative Industries Centre, The Technology Centre, The Development Centre and other business and technology support services. Sony VAIO VPCY115FGS Battery

Also in 1995, two local nursing colleges – the United Midlands College for Nursing and Midwifery and the Sister Dora School of Nursing – amalgamated to form the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Walsall campus, formerly West Midlands College of Higher Education.

In 1997 the University was the first to establish a virtual learning environment: Sony VAIO VPCY115FX/BI Battery

WOLF (Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework) a system used by students and staff to support learning in most subject areas. It provides online space for tutors to make reference materials, notes, videos and documents related to a subject available. In 2008 an upgraded version ‘WOLF2’ was launched. Sony VAIO VPCY115FXBI Battery

Two new learning centres were opened at the Telford and City campuses in 1998. These learning centres were a fusion of traditional libraries with high-tech facilities, aimed at providing a greater range of accessible materials for students. The following year the university opened the Arena Theatre on the City campus along with the new SC building in Telford. Sony VAIO VPCY118EC Battery

2000 saw the launch of a multi-million pound refurbishment programme.[12] From 2000–2010 £115 million was invested in campus developments. Highlights include the £26 million MC building opening by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP in February 2003.[13] Sony VAIO VPCY118GX/BI Battery

This was followed in 2004 by a teaching building called the 'Technology Centre', home of the School of Computing and IT, with in excess of 400 high-specification PCs running the very latest software for multimedia, games development and databases.[14] The same year a £4 million extension to the Harrison Learning Centre was completed. Sony VAIO VPCY119FJ/S Battery

In October 2005 Professor Caroline Gipps became Vice-Chancellor – the University's first female Vice-Chancellor.

In 2006 the City Campus North Administration and Teaching Building was erected, providing space for a 120-seat lecture theatre, Sony VAIO VPCY11AFJ Battery

4 elliptical 35-seat learning pods and the bringing together of many administration departments to work all under the one roof and in 2007 a new building at Walsall Campus, which can accommodate over 1,100 students is arranged over four floors and provides a combination of specialist and open access IT facilities and office accommodation for the School of Education. Sony VAIO VPCY11AGJ Battery

2009 saw the formation and launch of two new Schools: the School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications[15] and the School of Health and Wellbeing, as well as the launch of the research group Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education (CeDARE).[16]

The new School of Technology launched on 1 September 2010.[17] Sony VAIO VPCY11AHJ Battery

In 2011, the university in partnership with Walsall College opened the Black Country University Technical College, one of the first University Technical Colleges in England.[18]

The University's Arms show supporters on either side of the shield. These represent Lady Wulfrun often regarded as the founder of what is now the City of Wolverhampton in AD circa 980Sony VAIO VPCY11AVJ Battery

(a settlement described as Wulfruna's Heantun in the Saxon Chronicles) and Thomas Telford the renowned Engineer who, in 1787 became surveyor of public works for Shropshire and whose works and structures can be seen across the Region and the Nation and after whom the Shropshire New Town was named.[1] Sony VAIO VPCY11M1E/S Battery

The motto of the University is "Innovation and Opportunity".[1]

The University of Wolverhampton is led by the Board of Governors and the senior Executive team. It has nine academic schools, nine research institutes and centres, and a range of other departments.[19] Sony VAIO VPCY11S1E Battery

The Honorary position of Chancellor is the figurehead of the University and presides over the University's ceremonial occasions and acts as its Ambassador. The role of Chancellor was created following the grant of University title in 1992.[20]

The Board of Governors is responsible for the oversight of the University's activities and for the effective and efficient use of resources and the safeguarding of assets. Sony VAIO VPCY11V9E/S Battery

It has 18 members including eight independent members and a representative of the student body.[21]

The University Executive has responsibility for the overall management of the University. Executive is led by the Vice-Chancellor assisted by two Deputy Vice-Chancellors and four Pro Vice-Chancellors. Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/BI Battery

Executive is also responsible for implementing corporate strategy and operational policy decisions from Academic Board and the Board of Governors.[22]

Each Academic School is managed by a Dean aided by Associate Deans. The academic provision in the Schools is supported by support departments each managed by a head or director. Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/G Battery

Wolverhampton's current Chancellor is The Rt Hon The Lord Paul of Marylebone, PC, and its current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Caroline Gipps, who took up the position in 2005,[23] but has recently announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2010/11 academic year.

The University of Wolverhampton is located across four campuses across the West Midlands and Shropshire. Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/L Battery

A free student and staff bus service operates between each of its campuses and campus towns, running between Wolverhampton city centre, Walsall and Telford.

The University provides one of the largest wireless networks in UK Higher Education, allowing students and staff remote access to the Internet across all its campuses. Sony VAIO VPCY218EC/P Battery

City Campus is the main site for the University, and is situated in the heart of Wolverhampton city centre, right oppositeMolineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., and approximately 16 miles (26 km) from Birmingham. Divided into City Campus South and City Campus North it is home to eight Schools: administration departments; Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/L Battery

the Students' Union and student support facilities. In addition, over 1000 students live in three separate Halls of Residence on this campus: North Road, Lomas Street and Randall Lines.

The £26 million Millennium City Building – opened in 2003 by the then Chancellor of the Excheqeur, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown – provides over 10,000 square metres of teaching space, Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/P Battery

audio-visual equipment in all rooms, 300-seat lecture theatre, exhibition gallery, campus restaurant, and an informal Social Learning Space.

The MI Building (Technology Centre) on City Campus contains an open plan workspace with over 400 PCs, Sony VAIO VPCY21S1E/SI Battery

as well as prototyping equipment and industry-standard software packages for 3D modelling and product design. The Centre includes two TV studios with remote-controlled cameras and a full lighting rig, plus a radio studio with digital editing suites.

The Harrison Learning Centre has traditional and electronic-based library facilities over four floors. Sony VAIO VGN-SR51B/P Battery

It provides electronic auto-service and online cataloguing facilities, and academic librarians manage, monitor and update the available information

MX building, opened by Sarah Brown, wife of the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, was opened in 2006 and brought together many administration departments to work all under the one roof. Sony VAIO VGN-SR51B/S Battery

Based on the City Campus in Wolverhampton, the Arena Theatre contains an auditorium seating 150, a studio seating 100 and a seminar room for up to 50 people. Its programme includes professional companies, celebrating drama, dance and music, as well as showcasing work by local schools, colleges, students, amateur companies and community events. Sony VAIO VGN-SR51MF Battery

The School of Health and Wellbeing is situated at Burton Campus, which specialises in nursing. The campus has a Learning Centre[26] (open 5 days a week) which provides a wide range of books, leaflets, and electronic and paper journals for staff, students and external members. There is also a common room and IT facilities. Sony VAIO VGN-SR51MF/P Battery

The campus is located on the Outwoods site, opposite Queens Hospital on Belvedere Road. The site can be accessed from Burton upon Trent town centre on the Arriva 3, 3A and 3B bus routes.

The purpose-built Telford Campus opened in 1994. 18 miles (29 km) from Wolverhampton and 26 miles (42 km) from Birmingham, Sony VAIO VGN-SR51MF/S Battery

the campus is on a greenfield site in the grounds of Priorslee Hall – a grade-II listed 18th Century redbrick mansion.

The campus houses facilities for engineering, built environment, business, computing and social work. Halls of residence for just under 500 students are located on campus together with a Learning Centre, a Students' Union bar, a floodlit tennis and basketball court, and a football pitch. Sony VAIO VGN-SR51MF/W Battery

The campus is home to the e-Innovation Centre which provides startup companies and small and medium enterprises with business accommodation and funded support from a team of IT consultants, giving them access to the University's IT facilities, expertise and resources. It has hi-tech meeting rooms, social meeting areas, Sony VAIO VGN-SR51MR Battery

"hot-desking" provision, fully furnished offices, "incubation" units, and "grow-on" space for businesses who need to expand.

The Walsall campus is based a mile from Walsall town centre and near both junction 7 and junction 9 of the M6 motorway. Sony VAIO VGN-SR59VG Battery

Students studying sport, music, dance, education, health, events management, tourism and hospitality are based here. Opened in 2005, the Student Village provides over 300 individual en-suite study rooms.

A multi-million pound sports centre houses a 12-court, multi-activity sports hall, a six-lane floodlit athletics track, an all-weather floodlit pitch, a dance studio and swimming pool. Sony VAIO VGN-SR59VG/H Battery

There are also fully equipped physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

A new teaching building contains a flexible IT teaching and learning area, three advanced lecture theatres, and specialist teaching rooms, ranging from primary science laboratories to specialist design and technology teaching facilities. Sony VAIO VGN-SR70B/S Battery

It's also home to the Institute for Learning Enhancement which leads innovative practice in learning and teaching for the University.

Refurbished facilities at Boundary House allow trainee nurses and other healthcare professionals to follow the academic part of their course. Sony VAIO VGN-SR72B/P Battery

The University of Wolverhampton's Walsall Campus Sports Centre has been named as an official training base for the 2012 Olympics. It is included in the Guide for National Olympic Committees (NOCs) for the Olympic sports of Basketball, Judo and Taekwondo. The Guide will be used by countries organising their training programmes in the run-up to the Olympics. Sony VAIO VGN-SR72B/S Battery

In June 2008 the University gained official Fairtrade status,[29] with Fairtrade products being sold in University food and drink outlets across its campuses. Each year activities take place across the University to mark the annual national Fairtrade fortnight. Sony VAIO VGN-SR73JB/S Battery

Since April 2009 the University has been one of eleven universities participating in the Carbon Trust's fifth HE Carbon Management programme which helps Universities to access and reduce their carbon footprint. Sony VAIO VGN-SR74FB/S Battery,Sony VAIO VGN-SR90FS Battery,Sony VAIO VGN-SR90NS Battery

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