Going the extra mile – with the University of Wolverhampton



As the ‘Walk for Dreams’ approaches this weekend, it is time to highlight yet another great friend of Promise Dreams – and one who really is going the extra mile to support the wonderful work that’s going on from our home city of Wolverhampton. Introducing … the University of Wolverhampton!

The city is so proud to have such a prestigious place of learning, as explained by Raman Sarpal, Head of Marketing at the University of Wolverhampton: ‘Wolverhampton is known as the University of Opportunity in supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise among its students, graduates and the business community. We want to work alongside other wonderful organisations that make a difference to local communities and Promise Dreams is the perfect example of those who create opportunities for others.’

Indeed, Promise Dreams have held a long and successful relationship with tutors, students and administrators at this historic seat of learning. Each year, Raman and her team host ‘The Pitch’ – a two-day business challenge where teams from local schools work on a live brief from industry, culminating in a real-life pitch to company representatives. This year the Promise Dreams category was won by King’s CE School in Wolverhampton with young people raising awareness of the needs of other young people and … much-needed funds in the process.


However, it is the involvement with our forthcoming ‘Walk for Dreams’ that is currently high on the University agenda as the new academic year begins in earnest. The University has kindly offered to arrange a mini bus service with staff, students and volunteers making sure people get essential transport on the big day, which is this weekend, Sunday 21st September.

The fleet of University vehicles really will go the ‘extra mile,’ including making sure marshalls get to their stations, transporting those walkers in ‘any difficulty’ to the finishing line; and of course, kindly collecting anyone who may get detached from their group or feels they have ‘lost their way.’  Walkers can choose to leave their own cars at the racecourse or at Himley Hall and the University will provide some transport to make sure they get to the start point on time or, if necessary, back to your vehicle at the end of the race!

We really can’t thank Raman and her team enough – with the University by our side we know we will all cross the finishing line!

In addition to the essential transport service they are offering, they have also been actively promoting the charity with students and staff, signing up to do the walk themselves, raise money and show compassion and community spirit.  

We asked Raman if it had been difficult engaging so much University support with the new term barely underway. She replied, ‘Promoting Promise Dreams and the wonderful work they do is no challenge at all. We are so lucky to have students and staff from every part of the globe and they understand only too well that we must all show compassion; and help care for those that need help. It is an honour and a privilege to work hand-in-glove with Promise Dreams.’


We know Raman and the University team well. And we know organising the transport service and promoting the charity walk will not have been easy – especially at the start of the new academic year. But it will get done.  Wonderfully well organised, perfectly on time … and without any fuss.  How?  Simply because they care so much.

It really is re-assuring to know students at the University of Wolverhampton have such great leadership and that through their support, ‘promised dreams’ will be delivered.

We think it is great to know there are such wonderful people around who will go the extra mile for others. Don’t you?

Why not go that extra mile with us? Join us for the walk from Himley Hall to Wolverhampton Racecourse this Sunday. You can register on-line or just turn up in time to register on the day. You will be assured of a warm welcome, lots of help and plenty of support throughout the short journey that will help so many.  You can find out further details of ‘Walk for Dreams’ on our website or by calling 01902 212451.

Everyone at Promise Dreams sends their very best wishes to Raman Sarpal and the University for another great year of successful and enjoyable learning in Wolverhampton – along with our deepest gratitude for their continued support for Promise Dreams, ‘The Pitch’ and of course, ‘Walk for Dreams.’ 

Yet again, you’ve gone the extra mile just for us!

About Wolverhampton University


In 180 years the University of Wolverhampton has become one of the largest higher education providers in the country with 23,000 students and over 2,300 staff. With several campuses in the West Midlands, and an increasing international presence, the University prides itself on being a place of opportunity for its students, staff and the communities and businesses it engages with – and that includes Promise Dreams! Renowned for creativity and innovation – developing students and staff who are entrepreneurial, eminently employable and well-connected, Wolverhampton justifiably claims to be the University of Opportunity. 

It is a dynamic, innovative and business focused university in the centre of England. Our students become part of a learning community that promotes knowledge, innovation and enterprise. Aiming to give our students the knowledge they need for the career they want, we maintain strong links with the business world and offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses which provide the experience and practical skills that employers value.

The University has an excellent global reputation, enjoying strong links with several overseas universities. We have over 23,000 full and part-time students, including 2,500 international students. Our International Centre has regional offices in Malaysia, Nigeria, China, India and Oman, and Educational Advisors in 28 countries who help students with course applications, correspondence with the University, questions regarding visas, plus information on courses, tuition fees and accommodation.

The latest Research Assessment Exercise 2008 placed areas of our research in the category of ‘internationally recognised’, and we are aiming for even more of our research to be classed as world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Our students arechampions of entrepreneurship andaward winners, achieving success in competitions like BAFTA and Business Leaders of Tomorrow.

Wolverhampton was the first university to establish a virtual learning environment – Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework (WOLF) which allows for a valuable blend of face-to-face and online teaching. Our first-class facilities include the Walsall Campus Sports Centre; an official training base for the 2012 Olympics for athletes in basketball, judo, and taekwondo; and The Performance Hub, a purpose-built performing arts facility. We’re only the third university in the UK to obtain prestigious All-Steinway status.

To find out even more about the University, please visit: wlv.ac.uk

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