The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.

The University of Hull was founded in 1927 – originally as University College Hull. The foundation stone was laid the following year by the Duke of York (later King George VI, of The King’s Speech fame) and we opened for business with 39 students and 14 ‘one-man’ departments. We’ve come a long way since then. The University now has more than 16,000 students and around 2,500 employees, including more than 1,000 academic staff.


Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Faculty of Science & Engineering
Hull York Medical School
Business School


Hull – or Kingston upon Hull, to use our full, proper name – sits on the northern shore of the Humber Estuary, a few miles inland from the east coast of England. Hull is part of the East Riding of Yorkshire, which means that our bustling city is a stone’s throw from some of Britain’s loveliest countryside as well as expansive coastlines … the best of all worlds.

Hull’s never looked better or felt more vibrant. The entire city centre’s been revamped, with spectacular lighting and unique fountains in Queen Victoria Square and an Italian-style plaza surrounding Hull Minster – England’s largest parish church and arguably the most beautiful. OK, we might be a tiny bit biased.

There’s also the revitalised marina and fruit market, which have become the new cultural and social heart of the city. Once a collection of derelict warehouses, they now house art galleries, contemporary bars, music venues and even a chocolatier.

The city’s rarely felt so alive and optimistic. In fact, the only people making jokes about Hull now are those who’ve never been.


Choose your university and course

Before you choose

  • Talk to a careers/guidance adviser.
  • Visit to get more information and compare the courses and universities that interest you. When you apply, you can select up to five choices.
  • Do a keyword search on UCAS – if there’s a specific course title or course combination you want to do, type it directly into the UCAS course finder engine.
  • Do your research carefully – check out university websites, as well as UCAS, so you get a real feel for the place.
  • Consider the course content and not just its title – English at one university is not the same as English at another university.
    Check the entry requirements – will you need specific subjects (including GCSEs) or work experience? Are you on track to achieve the grades you need?
  • Attend university open days – see our handy checklist for suggestions on things you could ask about. If you’re considering Anglia Ruskin, we’d love to see you at one of our undergraduate Open Days.
  • Get advice from friends, family and school staff – but don’t forget the ultimate choice is yours.
  • Try to get to a UCAS HE Fair where you can pick up prospectuses from lots of different universities and speak with their representatives.
  • Have you chosen courses with a range of entry requirements? Try to maximise your chances by making your ‘Insurance’ option a course with lower grade requirements than your ‘Firm’ choice.
  • Think about a range of universities with different entry requirements.
  • Above all you should be comfortable with your choices: it’s all about finding the ‘best fit’ for you.
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