• University invests in state of the art simulation technology

The University of Wolverhampton has invested £100,000 in a new ‘Virtualisation Centre’ at the Telford Innovation Campus as part of a £10 million investment in engineering facilities. The centre will include state-of-the-art flight and track simulators.

Dr Syed Hasan, head of the school of engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, emphasised the importance of having technology on campus. He said: “The benefits of having an in-house facility are enormous, allowing students to get proper hands-on experience.  They will now have the opportunity to design in a virtual environment, putting design principles they have learned in the classroom to the test.”

The simulation technology will be supported by a robotics display centre and a suite of new computers. These will allow students to make the most of the new equipment and, in doing so, gain practical experience that will help to prepare students for life after training. The technology will also help learning to be based more on students’, as they will benefit from practical experience.

Dr Syed also highlighted how the computers, displays and simulators would help the university to offer a modern learning environment. He said: “Our new engineering curriculum has moved away from the chalk and talk era and we are now focusing on providing our students with an innovative virtual teaching experience.”