The University is a place of knowledge, innovation and enterprise. We pride ourselves on these three tenets. They underpin our strategies in learning and teaching, in research, and help us to engage with the business world. That is why we have come to play a vital role in the region's economic and cultural development. Our vision for higher education goes beyond opening minds and widening individual horizons. We want our graduates to be valuable assets to the global economies they will come to serve; businesses come back to us because we provide them with solutions that help them to sustain their future. Our research focuses on aspects of life that affect us all.The roots of the University of Wolverhampton lie in the 19th century growth of Mechanics Institutes, providing vocational and general education for working men. In Wolverhampton the Free Library (1870) developed technical, scientific, commercial and general classes, while a School of Art, established in 1851, had been developed into the Municipal School for Art in new buildings by 1885. By 1903, we had courses in coach building, house painting and pattern making. By 1905 ‘student scholarships’ were being offered to ‘prized’ students. With a 150 years of pioneering education for all, the University is now a global provider of entrepreneurial education.