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Entry 2013

Applicant guide


Thank you for applying to the University of Hull.

Contents Welcome | 1 Why Hull is the right university for you | 2 Student living | 6 Leisure and support | 12 Money matters | 16 The city of Hull | 20 The town of Scarborough | 24 What happens next? | 28 Note: This guide is designed to acknowledge our receipt of your application. It provides information about the University of Hull and does not represent an offer of a place of study.

We highly recommend that you should now come and visit us. You may be sent an invitation to an Applicant Day, or you can come to one of our Open Days, which will take place on both the Hull and Scarborough Campuses at various dates in 2013. For more details, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/opendays.

The day will include campus tours, departmental talks, accommodation visits and an opportunity to chat to staff and current students.

Welcome


Why Hull is the right university for you

Your studies … The University has a track record of providing a high-quality education. The Guardian’s Good University Guide 2013 noted that two-thirds of our students emerge with a first or upper second class degree.

Your experience … Hull has maintained its position among the leading mainstream English universities in each of the last seven National Student Surveys, which measure student satisfaction – most recently, 89% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with their experience here. The Complete University Guide 2013 rated us among the top three universities in the Yorkshire and Humber region for student satisfaction. Last year the University of Hull climbed seven places from 51 to 44 in the Sunday Times University Guide, which reported that ‘the friendly, satisfied students of Hull are the University’s best advocates and ... students find a camaraderie with each other that other institutions cannot match’. Need we say more?

Your future … The success of Hull graduates is outstanding in terms of national benchmarks, and they continue to be highly sought after by employers. According to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency figures, a remarkable 93% of our full-time students progress to employment or further study within six months of graduation.

First-class teaching quality The Guardian reported that teaching at Hull is ‘very well regarded’, and this is not surprising given our constant investment in facilities and academic staff. (Our improved ranking in the Complete University Guide and in the Times Good University Guide for 2013 – where we entered the top 50 – reflected our enhanced staff–student ratio, among other things.) We believe that we offer our students a learning experience second to none. The University of Hull not only offers some of the best facilities in the country; it continues to expand and evolve to meet the needs of new students. We take pride in providing our students with a quality educational experience, and our success is reflected in the results of the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS): • the NSS reported that 92% of Hull students praised our lecturers’ ability to explain things, and 91% commended staff’s enthusiasm for their subjects • the NSS also ranked eight of our academic areas in the top 10 of their kind nationally for student satisfaction with teaching

Support with learning Support for our students is also excellent. We have • a top-class library with more than a million books and an ever-expanding collection of electronic resources • access to over 1,500 computers across our campuses and residences • more than 400 different software applications • a Skills Team to support students in all aspects of their academic work • a personal supervisor for every student

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The top 10 English mainstream higher education institutions, as ranked in the 2011 National Student Survey

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University of Cambridge

94%

2 University of Oxford

93%

3 University of Bath

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University of Exeter

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Keele University

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6 University of Durham

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University of Sheffield

8 University of Hull

89%

9 University of Reading

89%

10 University of East Anglia

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Hull University Union has been crowned Students’ Union of the Year at the National Union of Students Awards 2012. The award given to the union, which has more than 22,000 members, was in recognition of its active engagement with both prospective and current students, its constant striving for long-term development and its high levels of student satisfaction.

The union was also applauded for its outstanding work in developing positive and inclusive community relations as it picked up the Community Relations Award.

Best in the country!


Student living – as important as your studies

We recognise that your time at university is about more than just lectures and tutorials. At the University of Hull we know that where you live (and who you live with!) can often be as important as the course that you study, or any other aspect of student life. That’s why we’ve spent £16 million refurbishing our residences.

The University of Hull accommodation guarantee All unaccompanied new students who apply for accommodation at the University by 1 September are guaranteed an offer of a place in our owned, managed or directed accommodation. Accommodation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Types of accommodation Altogether our students have access to approximately 7,000 residential places in five different types of accommodation. All our rooms (except those available through The Scheme) include • personal possessions/liability insurance • access to the University’s computer network • free internet access More details can be found at www.hull.ac.uk/accomm.

Halls of residence Catered and self-catered accommodation

1,386 places

Student houses Self-catered

981 places

On-campus flats Self-catered, en-suite

288 places

Head-leased properties University-managed, self-catered

309 places

‘The Scheme’ Privately owned/managed, self-catered

5,000 places

Top to bottom: Cayley Hall (our hall of residence in Scarborough); new arrivals; students out and about in Scarborough; the Lawns halls; Taylor Court.

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Thwaite Hall.

Cayley Hall.

Accommodation in Hull

Accommodation in Scarborough

Halls of residence

Cayley Hall

Thwaite

This catered on-campus hall of residence has 214 single rooms, all en-suite. The accommodation includes two meals, available on each day during the contract, except during the Easter vacation.

Located in the village of Cottingham, approximately 1.2 miles from the University, Thwaite Hall is a traditional hall, where most meals (except weekday lunches) are provided. Additional facilities include common rooms, TV and music rooms, and 24 acres of landscaped gardens with a lake, woods and a tennis court.

The Lawns The Lawns complex consists of seven halls – Downs, Ferens, Grant, Lambert, Morgan, Nicholson and Reckitt – which stand in 40 acres of landscaped parkland on the outskirts of Cottingham, three miles from the campus. The Lawns Centre, which is shared among the seven halls, is a social hub which provides the main evening meal service to all semi-catered students. Other facilities include a bar, a pool room and parking for all students. Sports facilities include an all-weather games area (new for 2012), fitness gym and various grass pitches. All halls operate on a 31-week contract.

Student houses

Individual rooms have a telephone, and students who own their own computer or laptop will have access to the campus network and IT facilities from their own study-bedroom via a direct connection. The residence contract period is 34 or 38 weeks, and the hall is closed during the Christmas vacations.

Head-leased (University-managed) accommodation The University leases rooms in furnished self-contained properties from private landlords to selected groups of students, for a 43-week contract period.

Private-sector accommodation The private sector offers a good choice of shared houses, flats and studios, where you will have a room and share a kitchen, bathroom and sometimes a living room with other students. The University can help you make arrangements by providing a list of available private accommodation. The Studentpad website is also useful: www.scarboroughstudentpad.co.uk.

The University of Hull has 86 two-storey terraced houses located close to the campus which offer selfcatered, single-room accommodation. Most of the properties house five students. The residence period is 42 weeks.

Taylor Court Situated on campus, Taylor Court provides 288 self-contained bedrooms for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are 12 ‘houses’ in total, each containing three floors with eight bedrooms per floor. The residence period is 50 weeks.

Head-leased (University-managed) accommodation The University leases rooms in furnished self-contained properties from private landlords to selfselected groups of students. Located within a mile of the campus, the properties operate on a 46-week contract.

The Scheme

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The University also has access to good-quality private-sector accommodation and works with landlords whose properties are in accordance with University regulations.

There are spaces for all our first-year students in accommodation owned, managed or directed by the University.

The Scheme accommodation comprises • single rooms in furnished self-catering flats and houses (for groups of six to eight students) located in popular residential areas close to campus • privately owned halls of residence

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The University’s Careers Service provides impartial, well-informed, specialist support, advice and guidance to all students at any stage of their studies (and beyond).

You’re hired! The University has a consistently impressive rate of graduate employability. The latest statistics show that 93% of our students progress into employment or further study within six months of graduating – above the 90% national average.

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Leisure and support

Leisure The University of Hull prides itself on having a very active student body. Run by students for students, Hull University Union (HUU) is the best students’ union in the country (NUS Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year 2012) and provides representation, support and a sociable environment to all students of the University. HUU is home to over a hundred societies from different faith groups to specialist interests like the ‘Come Dine with Me Society’ and has its own student-run media, including the newspaper Hullfire, the online radio station JAM and the online TV channel HUU:TV. HUU also houses its very own award-winning nightclub as well as bars, restaurants, food outlets, shops, and social spaces for relaxation between lectures. The HUU Athletic Union has 64 sporting clubs across both campuses from traditional clubs like Football and Rugby to emerging sports like MMA and Ultimate Frisbee! The Sports and Fitness Centre on the Hull Campus features an extensive range of indoor and outdoor facilities. These include a 65-station fitness centre – featuring the latest in resistance and cardio equipment, saunas, squash and badminton courts and an exercise class studio with a range of classes to suit all. Outdoor facilities include floodlit artificial and multi-surface areas, 12 full-size grass pitches and multi-station outdoor fitness equipment. A range of affordable memberships are available to help you enjoy the various facilities and sports on offer. The University at the Scarborough Campus offers a range of student memberships allowing access to the Scarborough Sports Centre, which is situated just five minutes’ walk from the campus. Students get free use of the fitness centre and the Scarborough Indoor Pool, and they can benefit from the many fitness facilities and classes available at a discounted rate. Our ‘Campus Sport’ initiative offers a comprehensive sports programme across both campuses, allowing students to participate in a number of informal, social and fun activities in badminton, football, netball, rugby, running, table tennis, basketball and cricket. HUSSO (Hull University Social Service Organisation) provides a vast range of volunteering opportunities from working with young people and the elderly to involvement in mentoring schemes and working on the rehabilitation and education of prisoners. The experience enhances employability and – with over a hundred volunteers – it’s also a great way to make friends.

Support One of the best things about the Hull experience is the outstanding support that both the University and the students’ union provide. If you ever have a problem, help is always available. You can find the answer to virtually every kind of question at the Advice Centre (the students’ union version of the Citizens Advice Bureau), the Student Loans and Hardship Office, or Disability Services, who will help you with – or help you apply for – any special support that you may need. Both your opinions and your experiences while you are studying here count. This means that if there are problems with your course, you can speak up and make a real difference. Your course will have at least one ‘Course Rep’ – a student who volunteers to speak on behalf of others about course issues. Course Reps work with the University to develop solutions. This helps to ensure that we achieve results which benefit your student experience. If you are also looking for paid work while you are at university, the HUU Job Shop is the place to go for part-time, temporary and vacation jobs; and if times ever get really tough, our Counselling Service staff are always there to listen. The Skills Team is also available to all students who would like to brush up on their revision technique, punctuation and grammar or just generally hone their academic skills. Safety on and off our campuses is excellent. The students’ union works closely with the police and has an on campus ‘Cop Shop’ alongside 24-hour campus security.

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Student satisfaction at the University of Hull is among the highest in the country according to the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS) results.

The University was ranked joint 8th among mainstream English higher education institutions, receiving an overall score of 89%.

The NSS is the cornerstone of the UK’s independent quality assurance framework, and is designed to inform prospective students’ choices about what and where to study. Hull scored highly in the questions on the quality of teaching, as well as improving on last year’s scores on personal development and practice placements.

Satisfied students


Money matters

Tuition fees

University of Hull offers

The University of Hull will be charging £9,000 per year for all full-time undergraduate students who begin studying in September 2013. This is subject to any Government-specified annual increases, normally in line with inflation.

To help those least able to afford any remaining up-front costs, the University of Hull will provide almost £3 million in bursaries and scholarships.

While you are at university, you have two main costs – your tuition fees and your living costs. There are four support packages available to help with this: • • • •

Tuition Fee Loan Living Cost Loan Non-repayable Grant University of Hull Bursaries and Scholarships

University of Hull Bursary This is a one-off, non-repayable award of £3,000 given in your first year of study only. Half of it (£1,500) goes towards reducing your tuition fees to £7,500. You can use the remainder for • University Residence Fees discount • ICT resources • cash (£1,000 maximum per annum)* * To help meet other study expenses.

If you already hold a degree, please check with Student Finance England for eligibility. Applicants for Medicine, Nursing, PGCE or Social Work courses may have alternative funding arrangements and should contact their academic department directly.

Bursaries are awarded to all new Year 1 students who have a Residual Household Income (see below) of less than £25,000 per year.

Here is further information about the help available:

University of Hull Scholarship

Government loans and grants

This is a non-repayable award of £3,000 given every year for a total of three years of study. It is to be used for

Tuition Fee Loan The Tuition Fee Loan is designed to help you with the cost of the tuition fees that you will be charged by the University. Students who begin studying in 2013 will be able to borrow enough to cover their tuition fees, regardless of their household income.

Living Cost Loan The Living Cost Loan is designed to help with your living costs throughout the year. The amount you are entitled to depends on your household income, where you live and where you are studying. Everyone is entitled to at least £2,698.

Non-repayable Grant The Non-repayable Grant is a non-repayable amount given to help with living costs. The amount you are entitled to is based on your household income (HI): • £3,354 if HI is £25,000 or under • partial grant (on a sliding scale) if HI is between £25,000 and £42,611 • no grant if your HI is over £42,611 The amount you are entitled to may affect your Living Cost Loan.

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Tuition Fees discount (£1,500 per annum mandatory) University Residence Fees discount ICT resources cash (£1,000 maximum per annum)*

*To help meet other study expenses. Scholarships are awarded to all eligible 2013 students who have a Residual Household Income (see below) of less than £42,600 per year and who have achieved results of AAB or higher in three A levels (not including General Studies), or equivalent. Please note: only one award is available to eligible students. Conditions apply. Please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money for further details.

Lowest living costs Your money will buy more here. Recent independent research* has shown that Hull offers lower living costs than any other major city in England. The University also plays its part by offering good-quality residences at great prices – current rent for our student houses starts at only £57 per week. Our campus at Scarborough – recently named the most enterprising place in Europe – provides an equally affordable experience.

It’s easy! You only have to apply to one place – www.gov.uk. You can do this online, from early 2013, regardless of whether you have chosen your university. They then pay your fees for you and put money for living costs straight into your bank account.

* Survey conducted by MGM Advantage, Britain’s longest-registered company, and authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

It’s just as easy when you begin making repayments – these are deducted out of your salary in addition to your income tax, so you don’t need to worry about missing any payments.

Residual Household Income

Repayments stop when you’ve cleared the debt or 30 years pass – whichever comes first. If your earnings never go above the salary threshold (which will rise in line with average earnings), you’ll never repay. Or, if you become unemployed, payments will stop. Please note that all figures are subject to confirmation – for updates see www.hull.ac.uk/money.

Your Residual Household Income is the total amount your family earns each year before tax and National Insurance, minus certain allowable deductions. It is usually based on earnings for the previous tax year (2011/12 if you’re applying to study in 2013/14). Pension contributions, the number of students in the family, and dependence on parental income are taken into account.

Contacts and information To apply for student finance, please call 0845 300 5090 or visit the Student Finance England website. Further information will be available during the coming weeks via www.hull.ac.uk/money or by email at hefunding@hull.ac.uk.

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Committed to providing students with firstclass facilities and an ideal environment in which to live and learn, the University of Hull is continuing to do so by dramatically improving and modernising the Brynmor Jones Library, which is the academic heart of the Hull Campus. A multi-million-pound investment is currently underway in our library to create a stunning new focal point for students, staff and visitors.

Stunning architecture combined with state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure will ensure that the library remains an inspirational place to study and work, with flexible learning spaces to accommodate the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Learning at the heart of the campus


The city of Hull

A revitalised city A dynamic waterfront city, Hull combines a strong maritime past with a cosmopolitan present to offer students a vibrant urban experience. With a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and a cost of living among the lowest in the UK, it’s the ideal place to spend your student years. Right now the city is buzzing. New facilities are springing up from investments exceeding £1 billion, with recent iconic developments such as the KC Stadium and The Deep (the world’s first submarium, pictured top right) putting Hull on the national map. The latest addition is the impressive £200 million 40-acre St Stephen’s development in the heart of the city, comprising (among other things) a retail centre, a transport interchange and a hotel.

Shop till you drop The city centre has something for everyone. If shopping is your thing, Hull has all the most popular high-street names, many of them located in St Stephen’s or in Princes Quay – the shopping centre that rests on stilts above the water, offering panoramic views of the marina and more than 60 stores on four decks. Savile Street is jammed with designer clothing stores, and the specialist units in Hepworth’s Arcade supply an eclectic mix of retro gear, skatewear and clubwear. Also worth a visit are the cobbled alleyways of the Old Town, with its speciality shops, laid-back cafes, traditional pubs and award-winning Museums Quarter. The leafy student district is an excellent place both to study and to relax, whether sipping cappuccino at one of the stylish pavement cafe bars on Princes Avenue, browsing around the shops that line Newland Avenue or sunbathing in Pearson Park.

That’s entertainment Hull’s lively social scene caters for every taste, with a massive selection of bustling eateries, welcoming pubs and chic bars. Whether you’re into house, funk, reggae, R&B, hip-hop, electro, 80s/90s retro tunes, indie or rock, you’ll find your niche at one of the city’s many clubs. Four multiplexes showcase the latest movies, while Hull City Hall is a frequent date for stars of the standup comedy circuit, touring musicals call at Hull New Theatre, and Hull Truck Theatre brings challenging and stimulating works to the stage.

Good sport Sport in the city has seldom been so successful. Hull Kingston Rovers continue their rivalry with Hull FC in rugby league’s top division, while Hull City are seeking a return to football’s Premiership. The latter pair share the 25,000-capacity KC Stadium, which (though primarily a state-of-the-art sporting facility) doubles as a superb concert venue – presenting the likes of REM, Bryan Adams, Girls Aloud and JLS. The Hull Arena has also welcomed a range of A-list acts, including Robbie Williams, Biffy Clyro, The Killers and Keane.

Top to bottom: The Deep; St Stephen’s shopping centre; Princes Quay shopping centre; the KC Stadium; The Cribs, appearing at the University’s Asylum nightclub.

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Fancy a trip to Majorca or Egypt ... and being the envy of your friends? Environmental and Marine Sciences at the Scarborough Campus is just one of the departments that venture out on field trips to a range of exciting locations.

Offering degrees in Coastal Marine Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Science, the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences at the Scarborough Campus provides a unique teaching and learning environment.

Green with envy


The town of Scarborough

Yorkshire’s university by the sea Scarborough has a spectacular setting on the North Yorkshire coast. The campus itself is located on a hill overlooking the South Bay, the castle and the harbour, with the North York Moors in the distance. The clean, sandy beaches and the busy Brunswick shopping centre are only minutes apart and are linked by the famous funicular cliff lifts. The Victorians who built those also left the town with some of Britain’s finest parks and gardens, plus the elegant Esplanade and the magnificent Spa Complex (where our graduation ceremonies are held). The town centre is largely pedestrianised, with shopping arcades and major high-street names alongside more specialised stores. You can splash out on designer labels, stock up on surfwear or pick up bargain course books at one of the many second-hand bookshops.

The cultural mix For nights out, you’ll find plenty of bars and clubs with a mix of local and guest DJs, while many venues host live bands. Wednesday is students’ night. The thriving music scene caters for all tastes: from indie rock though retro to the latest sounds from student bands. Catch the latest blockbusters or a specialist film season at one of Scarborough’s three cinemas, or browse the galleries and museums in the town’s growing cultural quarter. Sir Alan Ayckbourn, one of the UK’s leading playwrights and a local resident, premieres his new work at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, which also stages productions by up-and-coming writers, while the Futurist Theatre and the Spa Complex are established concert and show venues – and Scarborough is also home to the largest open-air theatre in Europe.

Renaissance Scarborough Recently voted the most enterprising place in Europe, Scarborough is a vibrant town which hosts numerous festivals throughout the year – including music festivals, literature festivals and the National Student Drama Festival, which runs in various sites across town. The Scarborough Campus is one such central venue, and many students get involved with the organisation and running of the event. Scarborough is a hotbed of the creative industries, with the Woodend centre providing a focus. The town is also technologically forward-looking, offering free Wi-Fi on the South Bay seafront!

Great outdoors The town also boasts some of the best water sports options in the country. Have a go at longboarding, bodyboarding, surf canoeing or windsurfing; learn to dive, jet-ski and row. On land, there’s hiking, camping, off-road biking and golf almost on the campus’s doorstep. If you prefer simply to watch your sport, Scarborough hosts major events including International Bike Week, the Gold Cup motorcycle road races, the annual Cricket Festival and Scarborough Open Golf Week.

Top to bottom: the Scarborough Campus; the Rotunda Museum; Scarborough musicians performing at the annual SoundFest; Scarborough Castle and seafront; surfing in South Bay.

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Heightened states America loves a success story. So it seems appropriate that our American Studies Department was ranked first in the 2011 National Student Survey and rated highest for course and teaching satisfaction in the 2013 Guardian University Guide. And your learning extends far beyond lectures. We operate the largest exchange programme of any UK university: our fouryear degree incorporates a year studying at one of nearly 50 US colleges, including campuses in California, New York and Florida.

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What happens next? The flowchart below gives you an idea of what to expect. Offer made by academic department

Apply to the University of Hull October onwards Applicant Guide sent to you

Invitation to Applicant Day

Info on student finance sent

April onwards

Exam results – Welcome Pack sent

August

Info on student accommodation sent

May onwards

Arrive at the University of Hull

September

November to June

Accept offer

Further information Admissions Service Hull Scarborough www.hull.ac.uk/admissions

(01482) 466100 (01723) 357369

Accommodation Office Hull Scarborough www.hull.ac.uk/accomm

(01482) 305341 (01723) 362392

Fees, funding and finance Full list of contacts available from www.hull.ac.uk/money

hefunding@hull.ac.uk

Academic departments Contacts available from www.hull.ac.uk

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