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Nick Round regional managing director at intu and Ellis Quinn Next regional manager for the Midlands. Next cut the ribbon the on the new developmentNext has opened one of its biggest stores in the UK as part of intu Merry Hill’s multi-million-pound transformation programme.

The opening on Tuesday (14th August) was attended by eager shoppers and comes ahead of owner intu’s plans to spend more than £100 million refurbishing the Brierley Hill shopping destination and building a major leisure extension.

Work by intu and Next began last year to convert a former Sainsbury’s site into a state-of-the-art store which incorporates a Lipsy concession, Costa Coffee and homewares department alongside one of Next’s largest collections of women’s men’s and childrenswear.

TK E5C2277Turkish Airlines has announced double daily services between Birmingham and Istanbul for Summer 2019. The launch of the second service will give passengers greater choice and flexibility with two daily flights.

The first service each day will leave Birmingham Airport at 10.40 arriving in to Istanbul at 16.35 local time, with the second flight departing at 17.00 from Birmingham Airport and arriving in to Istanbul at 22.55 local time. The flights will be operated by a 737-800, ensuring that even more passengers will be able to take advantage of the non-stop connection to Istanbul from Birmingham.

Gareth Jones LThe boss a leading technical academy is urging businesses and the Government to do more to ensure the UK fully commercialises the wealth of IP it creates.

Gareth Jones, joint Managing Director of In-Comm Training, believes the recent BAE Systems contract with Australia highlights a worrying trend where our design and value added engineering is exported overseas for other people to complete the manufacturing work, resulting in fewer jobs and the prospect of a competency gap developing.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:44

University Announces Honours List

180809 Adrian HallmarkA Man Booker prize-winning novelist, the first female Black Rod and the Chief Executive of Bentley are among those to be honoured by the University of Wolverhampton this year.

The University awards honorary degrees to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise. 

This year, 14 people are to be recognised during this September’s graduation ceremonies.

molineux subway1A main pedestrian link between Wolverhampton city centre and Molineux is getting a stunning facelift in time for Wolves’ return to the Premier League.

Wolves, the University of Wolverhampton and the City of Wolverhampton Council have teamed up to give a fresh new look to the Molineux Subway.

The pedestrian walkway underneath the ring-road links the City Centre to Molineux and it also connects the University’s city campuses Wulfruna and Molineux.

180807 Vinodh KannappanA University of Wolverhampton academic has scooped a prize for his cancer research – the second time he has presented with an award by the British Lung Foundation.

Dr Vinodh Kannappan, a postdoctoral research associate, won the Poster Competition prize for his presentation "Disulfiram: An old anti-alcoholism drug targets hypoxia induced cancer stem cells in malignant mesothelioma” at the Mesothelioma Research Network (MRN) Research Day organised by the British Lung Foundation in London recently.

BHX DAY3 433Birmingham Airport has been named the most family friendly airport in the UK and Ireland. has awarded Birmingham Airport this accolade after working with some expert parenting bloggers to measure 20 airports on their travel experience for families. polled 2,000 British travellers on their habits and experiences of using airports with children. Birmingham Airport was crowned the most family friendly airport coming out on top with 80% of its flights leaving on time in June 2018, designated baby changing areas, express security lanes, free water fountains and free Wi-Fi all adding up to a positive travel experience for families.

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:11

Institute Casts About for a New Headquarters

180730 ECMS HandshakeThe Institute of Cast Metal Engineers (ICME) has moved its headquarters to the new National Foundry Training Centre in Dudley Port, Tipton.

The ICME is a membership organisation and professional body for people involved in the casting, foundry pattern-making and associated industries. Members include senior management, owners and directors, design engineers, metallurgists, moulders, patternmakers, CAD technicians, methods engineers, researchers, university professors, students and suppliers to the industry.

Mathematicians at the University of Wolverhampton have been ranked number one in the world for their research for the second year running.

They were officially placed 1st in the world for the average quality of their research in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as Shanghai Ranking, published recently.

The ARWU is the world’s oldest university ranking system and is regarded as one of the three most influential and widely observed university measures.

180629 Undergraduate Degree Official SigningThe University of Wolverhampton has signed an agreement with the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) to provide a new qualification in Demolition Management.

The Undergraduate Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree will be partly delivered by IDE up to Foundation level and then topped up by the University.

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