1st October 2001

 

UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES HULL INVESTMENT PLANS

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside is to invest £4 million in its Hull city centre campus as part of restructuring plans.

 

The money will be spent on a new learning resource centre, lecture theatres and workshop space at George Street (currently home to the Hull School of Architecture) and a second-floor extension and a new ground-floor refectory at the Queens Gardens site (currently home to the Hull School of Art and Design).

 

Other improvements to the Queens Gardens building could include a street café, an external sculpture court and an art shop and other retail outlets.

 

The improvements will underpin the university’s plan to consolidate all its Hull-based academic activities (city centre and Cottingham Road) on its city centre campus.

 

ULH, which will change its name to the University of Lincoln next Monday (8th October), is to transfer its Cottingham Road campus to the University of Hull on 1st January 2002 and lease it back until city centre improvements are complete in July 2003.

 

While the name of the university will change a wide range of academic programmes will continue to be taught in Hull in the rebranded Hull Schools (eg, Hull School of Art and Design).

 

In Hull city centre the University of Lincoln will continue to teach art and design, social work, computing, technology and business courses. The intention is to grow the student population at the city centre campus from 900 to at least 1,500 over the coming years.

 

Journalists and photographers are invited to attend a media briefing on this matter hosted by Prof David Chiddick at 4.30pm in the board room at the George Street campus on Monday 1st October 2001.

 

Prof Chiddick and other senior staff will be available for interview and there will be a visual display of the university’s plans for its estate in the city centre. Visual handouts will also be available for journalists to take away.

 

For more information contact:

 

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

Email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk