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University of Hull
English Name: University of Hull
Region: Northern Europe
Country: UK
Found Year: 1927
Address: Cottingham Road

The University of Hull


A forward-facing institution with a past that is rich in tradition, the University of Hull has an illustrious history which includes the pioneering development of liquid-crystal technology and features some of the most inspirational figures of modern times. Over the years, Hull has earned its reputation as one of Britain’s finest research-led universities, a source of landmark innovation and a proving ground for fresh talent.


Established in 1927 as a college of the University of London (making it England’s 14th-oldest university), Hull received its own Royal Charter in 1954. Since then it has expanded dramatically to become one of the UK’s foremost higher education centres, with a current student population of more than 17,000 – of which approximately 14,000 are full time. Among its most notable alumni are the Academy Award-winning film director Anthony Minghella; the former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, John Prescott; and Muhtar Kent, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola.


Hull is a truly international university, with around 2,000 students from outside the UK on campus and approximately 850 more studying across the world through distance-taught programmes. It has around 2,300 postgraduate students and almost 2,800 part-time students. More than 100 countries are represented at the University, bringing a welcome and valued cultural diversity to its campus.


Alongside the likes of RMIT University (Australia), INHA University (South Korea) and Xiamen University, Hull is a member of the Global GU8 consortium – a group of universities from across the world formed to foster collaboration in the areas of logistics, marine affairs, business, technology and education through joint research, student exchange and the adoption of common curricula.


The University continues to invest in its future, and the 21st century has witnessed major progression. The expansion and extensive redevelopment of its campus has provided state-of-the-art new premises for the Business School, the Faculty of Health and Social Care and the Hull York Medical School – a jointly run facility which combines Hull’s considerable strengths in clinical medicine with the University of York’s background in bioscience and health-related research. HYMS was established in 2003 and graduated its first doctors in 2008.


The most recent national Research Excellence Framework assessment revealed that 62% of the University’s submitted research is of internationally excellent standard. The subject area of Allied Health performed particularly well, with 87% of submissions graded at 3* (“internationally excellent”) or above – while other strong research areas included Chemistry (79%) and General Engineering (75%) and Psychology, History, Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology (70%). These results put Hull among the top 50 institutions in the UK based on 'research power'.


The University has entered into a powerful partnership with organisations including Siemens and its partner Associated British Ports in developing plans for the £310-million construction of an offshore wind turbine manufacturing and export facility. The project, Green Port Hull, will involve redevelopment of the city’s Alexandra Dock – reinvesting in an existing complex which originally exported coal: a unique ‘carbon to clean’ proposition. The University’s expertise in environmental impact surveys, green supply chain and tidal and wind energy will be fundamental to the development of the new plant, which will continue to establish Hull as the UK’s renewables capital.


The University’s Logistics Institute takes advantage of Hull’s enviable status as the UK’s largest port conurbation (handling 17% of all maritime cargo) and the fourth largest in Europe – with uncongested arterial road, rail and sea routes offering unparalleled supply-chain opportunities. The British Government has identified the Humber region as a strategic ‘global gateway’, and the institute’s research is a key component in this plan to establish Hull as a worldwide centre of excellence in port logistics and supply-chain management.


The Department of Engineering has an impressive track record of contract research. Its Engineering Innovation Institute – specialising in design, materials and process performance, medical engineering and the environment, energy and sensors – has provided technology solutions for major international companies including Smith & Nephew, Ping, Rolex and RB (Reckitt Benckiser).

With strong links to Microsoft, Hull’s Department of Computer Science has also been successful in commercialising its research. One notable recent example is Hierarchically Performed Hazard Origin and Propagation Studies (HiP-HOPS), a method for dependability analysis of safety-critical engineering systems, which has been taken up by numerous automotive companies including Toyota, Honda, Volvo, Fiat and Continental.


The Faculty of Education has secured a €450,000 grant to lead a three-year European Commission project to improve the use of digital devices such as iPads to support innovative approaches in teaching and teacher education. The international collaboration will see Hull working closely with partner universities in Germany, Norway and Australia, along with European schools. The results will culminate in a mobile learning toolkit, including interactive e-books and an online training programme.


The Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (named after William Wilberforce, the 19th-century Hull-born politician who championed the abolition of slavery) is an interdisciplinary centre of international research into human rights and social justice. The institute has collaborated on research with the European Union, UNESCO and the US Government. Recently it led research for the Walk Free Foundation’s Global Slavery Index (endorsed by prominent world figures such as Hillary Clinton and Bill Gates), which revealed that more than 35 million individuals are currently living in conditions of slavery.


The University’s standing continues to grow apace. It regularly features in the top bracket of national teaching quality league tables and has consistently performed impressively in the National Student Survey, while its staff and students frequently win prestigious national and international awards and accolades.


An intensive and far-reaching phase of investment in infrastructure, facilities and staff – including a £28-million redevelopment of the University library and the construction of a £30-million on-campus accommodation complex – marks one of the most exciting periods in the University’s history. Further investment over the coming years will allow the University to build on these initiatives and continue to increase its contribution to higher education at local, national and global levels.



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