University of Hull

University of Hull
University of Hull
Motto Lampada Ferens (Latin)
Motto in English Carrying the lamp of learning
Established 1954 - University Status
1927 - University College Hull
Type Public
Endowment £5.7 million[1]
Chancellor Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone
Vice-Chancellor Professor Calie Pistorius
Visitor The Lord President of the Council ex officio
Academic staff 1,000
Admin. staff 2,300
Students 22,275[2]
Undergraduates 18,710[2]
Postgraduates 3,565[2]
Location Hull
53°46′13″N 0°22′02″W / 53.770263°N 0.367141°W / 53.770263; -0.367141 (Hull campus of University of Hull)
and Scarborough
54°15′52″N 0°23′47″W / 54.264430°N 0.39650°W / 54.264430; -0.39650 (Scarborough campus of University of Hull)
, England
Campus Urban area
Course information 900 courses
Colours      Turquoise blue
Affiliations Global U8 (GU8)
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The University of Hull, known informally as Hull University, is an English university, founded in 1927, located in Hull, a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Though classed as a "redbrick university", its expansion in recent decades has seen the addition of a variety of building styles from the traditional main buildings, 1960s teaching blocks to modern 'state-of-the-art' additions.[3][4] The main campus is located in a residential district of North Hull on Cottingham Road. The University has a smaller campus in Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast. It is a partner in the proposed University Centre of Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education in North East Lincolnshire. The main campus is home to the Hull York Medical School, a joint initiative with the University of York. Students are served by Hull University Union.

The University's Brynmor Jones Library was the workplace of the poet Philip Larkin who served as its Head Librarian for thirty years. The Philip Larkin Society organises activities in remembrance of Larkin including the Larkin 25 festival which was organised during 2010 in partnership with the University. The Library was also the workplace of former poet laureate Andrew Motion and the late film director Anthony Minghella. Lord Wilberforce was chancellor of the University from 1978 until 1994. Robert Armstrong was chancellor from 1994 to 2006. Virginia Bottomley was installed as the current chancellor in April 2006.

Alumni of the University of Hull are prominent in the fields of academia, politics, journalism and drama. They include former MP and Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott of Kingston-upon-Hull (John Prescott), social scientist Lord Anthony Giddens, poet Roger McGough, journalist John McCarthy, politician and author Chris Mullin.



The Venn Building

The foundation stone of University College Hull, then an external college of the University of London, was laid in 1927 by the Duke of York (who later became George VI). It was built on land donated by Hull City Council and local benefactors Thomas Ferens and G F Grant. A year later the first 14 departments, in pure sciences and the arts, opened with 39 students. The college at that time consisted of one building, the Venn building (named after the mathematician John Venn, who was born in Hull). The building is the administration centre of the university

The original university coat of arms was designed by Sir Algernon Tudor-Craig in 1928. The symbols are the torch for learning, the rose for Yorkshire, the ducal coronet from the arms of the City of Hull, the fleur-de-lys for Lincolnshire and the dove, symbolising peace, from the arms of Thomas Ferens. These symbols have later been reused to create the modern university logo.[5]

Royal Charter

The college gained its Royal Charter in 1954, which empowered it to award degrees of its own, making it the third university in Yorkshire and the 14th in England. The Brynmor Jones Library was constructed in 1960, with a tower block extension added in 1970. During the 1960s more academic buildings were added, with their height diminishing from the centre of the campus towards the perimeter, a barrier which the university was quickly outgrowing.

Liquid crystal technology

In 1972 George Gray and Ken Harrison created room-temperature stable liquid crystals in the university chemistry laboratories, which were an immediate success in the electronics industry and consumer products. This led to Hull becoming the first university to be awarded the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement for the joint-development of the long-lasting materials that made liquid crystal displays possible.

Scarborough Campus

In 2000 the university bought the site of University College Scarborough on Filey Road, Scarborough to become the University of Hull Scarborough Campus. The university then further expanded in 2003, when it purchased the buildings of the adjacent University of Lincoln campus which, from the 2005 academic year, became the west campus of the university. The site now houses the Hull York Medical School and the recently relocated business school, which is housed in three buildings - Wharfe, Derwent and Esk.

Hull History Centre

The Hull History Centre, which opened in 2010, is located in a new building on Worship Street in Hull city centre. It unites the holdings of Hull City Library's Local Studies collections and Hull University's archives and is run in partnership between the City Library and University Library.

Academic Faculties

Brynmor Jones Library

Faculty of Science (FoS)

Until recently, there were two faculties, the 'Faculty of Applied Science & Technology' and the 'Faculty of Science & the Environment'.

Notable sub-departments include the Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment[6] (HIVE), the Institute for Esturine and Coastal Studies[7] (IECS). The Chemistry department is noted for its research record, and the Computer Science department is noted for it's Computer Science and Video Game development degrees.

Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

  • Dean: Professor Alison Yarrington
  • Departments: Criminology & social sciences (including social work), drama & music, English, gender studies, history, humanities, law school, modern languages (French, German, Italian and Spanish), politics & international studies, school of arts & new media, social work[8]

Most social science and law-related department housed in the refurbished Wilberforce Building. Includes the School of Arts and New Media at Scarborough, formed in August 2006. Drama is taught in the Gulbenkian Centre, including the Donald Roy Theatre. Music is in the Larkin Building.

Health and Social Care (FHSC)

  • Dean: A new Dean has been appointed. Details to be announced soon.
  • Departments: Nursing & midwifery, applied health studies[9]

Based in the Calder, Aire and Dearne buildings in the west campus (former campus of universities of Humberside, then finally Lincoln). The Leven building contains mock clinical areas, wards, an operating theatre and a midwifery suite, within a simulated environment.[9]

The FHSC is running a new degree programe, BSc Global Health and Disease (International Health, Development and Humanitarian Relief).[10]

Faculty of Education (FoE)

  • Dean: Dina Lewis
  • Centres: Educational Studies[11], Lifelong Learning, Scarborough School of Education[12] And includes the Scarborough School of Education, a former teacher training college - the North Riding College. This became University College Scarborough, then the Scarborough campus.

Hull York Medical School (HYMS)

Loxley Building, Hull York Medical School.
  • Dean: Professor Tony Kendrick

Began in October 2003 on the west campus. Medical students receive joint degrees from Hull and York. Includes the 'International Society for the Study of Cough' based at Castle Hill hospital on Castle Road in Cottingham. Third and fourth year students train also at hospitals in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, and Scarborough.

Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI)

  • Director: Professor Nicholas D. Stafford[13]

Established in 1994. One of the PGMI's sections is the Yorkshire Cancer Research-funded Centre for Magnetic Resonance Investigations which, under the directorship of Professor Lindsay W. Turnbull, is actively engaged in researching the application of magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques to cancer research.

Hull University Business School (HUBS)

The Business School
  • Dean: Professor Terry Williams[14]

Established in August 1999, Hull University Business School has around 3,500 students from over 100 countries. Students are taught at the Hull and Scarborough campuses, with additional MBA students taught overseas. On the Hull campus, the school occupies refurbished listed buildings on the West Campus which were opened in 2005. The Logistics Institute was completed in September 2007, and officially launched in March 2008 [15].

The business school is accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB [16] the only Business School in Yorkshire to have "triple crown accreditation" status.

Business and Management at Hull University Business School is ranked 80th out of 116 universities in the United Kingdom by the 2012 Guardian University Guide. [17][18][19]

According to the 2012 Guardian University Guide, Hull University Business School has a student to staff ratio of 35.6:1, placing HUBS 110th out of the 116 universities ranked in the United Kingdom.[20]

Wilberforce Institute (WISE)

  • Director: Professor David Richardson

The Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) is located in Oriel Chambers on the High Street in Hull's Old Town, adjacent to Wilberforce House. It undertakes graduate research in the field of slavery and human rights and offers an MA in slavery Studies. WISE draws upon the university's academic expertise in history, law and social sciences. The centre's patron is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Maritime Historical Studies Centre

The University's Maritime Historical Studies Centre offers a BSc in History and Maritime History, an online Diploma in Maritime History and PhD research in maritime history is also located in the Hull's Old Town in Blaydes House.

Notable academics

Notable alumni

Selected honorary degrees

Academic reputation


UK University Rankings
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 53rd[23] 48th[citation needed] 47th[23] 44th[23] 42nd=[24] 49th[25] 47th=[26] 37th 39th 43rd 42nd 38th 35th 33rd 31st 33rd 32nd= 35th= 37nd= 34th
Guardian University Guide 75 59th[27] 59th[28] 53rd[29] 51st[28] 54th 55th[30] 40th[31] 65th[32] 39th[33]
Sunday Times University Guide 44 th=[34] 51th=[34] 47th=[34] 45th=[35] 51st 38th[36] 36th 46th[37] 45th[37] 35th[37] 36th[37] 39th[37] 33rd[37] 35th[37]
Daily Telegraph 40th=[38] 27th
FT 26th[39] 29th 32nd
Independent / Complete University Guide 62th[40] 56th[41] 56th[42] 48th[43] 39th[43]
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 301st[44] 279th[45] 451st

Student Experience

Students' Union

Hull University Union

Hull University Union is the main provider of student catering, services and entertainment on the university campus. It has over 100 student societies affiliated to it, and also runs a volunteering and charity hub. Approximately 50 sports clubs are affiliated to the Students Union's Athletic Union, many of which compete in BUCS national university leagues.

The student union building comprises an on-site nightclub as well as a number of bars and catering outlets. The building also houses a shop, a Waterstones book shop, advice centre, and the university-run careers service.

There is a monthly student magazine called Hullfire and a student radio station which broadcasts from the union building called JamRadio.

Student accommodation

The University of Hull's main student accommodation complex is The Lawns in the nearby village of Cottingham. It accommodates nearly 1,000 students across seven halls of residence: Ferens, Lambert, Nicholson, Morgan, Downs, Reckitt and Grant.[46] Students from six of the halls rely on the communal Lawns Centre as a catering and social hub. Ferens Hall was built during World War II as a barracks for the US Air Force whilst the other six halls were purpose-built between 1963 and 1967.

Thwaite Hall is a traditional hall of residence also in Cottingham set in an 18th Century country house surrounded by its own parkland and lake. It has 187 rooms.[47] The university's other accommodation in Conntingham is Needler Hall, also an 18th Century country house. It has 167 rooms.[48]

There is on-campus accommodation at the Taylor Court flats, which comprise 288 self-contained, single study-bedrooms. Student housing is based primarily in the terraced streets around the university campus itself, as well as around the Newland Avenue and Beverley Road areas of the city.


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