THE University of Worcester has grown into being one of the city's major success stories after gaining its university title in 2005

The university has been an integral part of the City for more than 70 years, educating hundreds of thousands of individuals, many of whom have gone on to be the lifeblood of the region – teaching children, caring for people in hospital, and innovating within local businesses.

Founded in 1946 as an Emergency Teacher Training College, the University remains true to its original mission - to win the peace through education.

From its roots in teacher training, the University now excels in a wide range of subjects, including nursing and midwifery, sport science, coaching, psychology, the biological sciences and its world-acclaimed specialisation in children’s illustration, to name just a few.

Research on how to care most effectively for those with dementia has earned a world-wide reputation and had a practical impact around the globe as has the University’s outstanding work in disability sport.

Worcester has been one of the fastest growing universities in the country since gaining university title in 2005, and continues to be a popular choice for students.

A decade ago Worcester operated from a single site in St John’s. Now the University has a City Campus, centred in the beautifully refurbished buildings of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary, along with other striking buildings, including The Hive, opened by HM The Queen in 2012, and the University of Worcester Arena - winner of the prestigious Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award, around the city.

These developments, along with a dedicated ambition to provide higher education for all those with the talent and commitment to succeed, is why Worcester is now widely regarded as the most inclusive university in the UK. The University’s approach also makes a huge contribution to the employability of its graduates, with 19 out of 20 in work or further study within six months of completing their course.

Along with its vital support to the learning and wellbeing of the local and regional community, the University makes a significant impact on the local economy.

A report commissioned by Economic Insight Ltd found, three years ago, that the University contributed £160m a year to the Worcestershire economy, and supported almost 7,000 jobs either directly or indirectly. Since then the University has grown again by almost 20 per cent.

The university's vice chancellor and chief executive, Professor David Green, said: “Building on firm foundations, the University of Worcester has developed in very many positive ways.

"It is a joy to work with so many talented, caring, responsible people and that so many of our graduates go on to do excellent work in education, business, health and the community generally.

"We enjoy marvellous support from the great majority of the people of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and are very grateful for all the practical help which has been and is being given.”