Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has strengthened its offering to businesses following the combining of academic Schools providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Schools within the Faculty include Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Architecture and Built Environment, Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Pharmacy. All areas of the Faculty are engaged in:

  • Consultancy
  • Research
  • Knowledge transfer activities
  • Innovation services
  • Training and CPD
  • Student projects/placements

The University has made significant recent investment in STEM, including new industry-focused course provisions and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for chemistry, biology and forensic science, such as the multi-million pound Rosalind Franklin Building, housing a wide range of scientific analytical equipment including gas chromatography, ICP analysis, XRF and XRD in addition to existing SEM facilities.

The Faculty welcomes companies that wish to collaborate and share these resources through consultancy; contract research and knowledge transfer schemes, and currently offer dedicated and serviced space within laboratories for local companies.

The School of Engineering is undergoing substantial investment and will offer dedicated space for collaborative ventures with local industry, either directly through consultancy or with live student projects across manufacturing and engineering. The School has a particular expertise in direct metal laser sintering and additive layer technologies, and in developing materials for this technology. Investment are currently being made in CT Scanning; a 5 axis CNC machining centre; 4 axis Wire EDM technology; additional Rapid Manufacturing in plastics and metals, and a new composites laboratory to support the schools research, consultancy and knowledge transfer activities.

The School of Computing’s areas of expertise include data analytics, cyber security, gaming technologies, systems and database development and sensor technologies. New laboratories, including software, systems and simulation spaces are being equipped to support the Schools work with students and business.

An image of a microscope being used in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Knowledge transfer activities

Knowledge transfer activities span chemistry, forensic science, microbiology, BIM, electronics, robotics, engineering, new product development, system development and many related areas.

The Faculty has collaborated with companies on more than 100 knowledge transfer partnerships in the last decade covering subjects as diverse as developing a novel hydraulic arm for a gulley emptier; embedding BIM into manufacturing companies; creating control systems for LED lighting; developing bacteria to control odours in industrial processes; developing robotic cleaners, and creating new DNA testing for invasive species in water.

Its academics are keen to collaborate with industry in developing partnerships that not only help the companies involved, but feedback into university research and teaching.

Innovation services

The Faculty’s offering extends to aiding companies with product design and development, including free advice to local businesses around new product design, market research, intellectual property advice and new product planning. This service operates under the title of Innovative Product Support Services (IPSS), and has supported over 200 companies in the last three years.

Within the School of Architecture and the Build Environment, the Faculty also runs BECCI, offering support to businesses developing innovative low carbon solutions, with a focus on products and services for housing and commercial buildings. In addition to offering product research and advice, the project works with a range of large housing providers to run ‘challenges’ that offer those with low carbon innovations the opportunity to pitch products to a buyers audience. The Faculty of Science and Engineering runs an Innovation Centre on the Wolverhampton Science Park.

Training and CPD

The University offers a range of short courses and CPD across all Faculty subject areas. Courses can be developed on a bespoke basis to meet specific business needs.

Student projects/placements

At the forefront of Faculty activity is the provision of industry-ready graduates for regional companies seeking the brightest talent. Flagship projects around developing car and track support teams for Formula Renault and F3 Racing Teams have provided many engineering students with a platform to develop an extensive range of practice vocational skills. The Faculty is also partnering with Morgan Cars in providing their track support team from its pool of engineering students so widening this experience still further.

Computer Science students are encouraged in year 2 to undertake a ‘live’ software or development project with industry lasting 10 weeks as part of their employability studies. Should your business have a suitable project, please contact the Faculty today.

Faculty of Science and Engineering