The University of Wolverhampton has a long and cherished history dating back to Wolverhampton’s Mechanics’ Institute and College of Art in the mid-1800s. In time, teacher training colleges and colleges of health were incorporated, all of which helped to develop the university’s rich heritage and a tradition of academic excellence in vocational higher education. The university’s coat of arms carries the motto: ‘Innovation and Opportunity’ – something which is as true today as all those years ago. The University is now a leading university and a major player in the UK higher education sector, contributing to knowledge transfer, economic development, wealth creating and social justice. Times may have changed but the University’s ethos have not, they remain a beacon for widening participation in education. They remain The University of Opportunity.