18th September 2001
Senior staff from the University of Lincoln met city stakeholders yesterday evening (Monday) to explain the thinking behind the university’s plans for its Hull campuses.
Prof David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the university, stressed the importance for Hull of removing wasteful competition between the University of Hull and ULH. “As participation rates have grown nationally from 10% to 40% of 18-year-olds many universities in the UK are suffering recruitment problems, and nowhere is this more evident than in Hull,” he said.
The University of Hull has recently opened a business school and started courses which were historically the preserve of ULH. This was to be applauded, argued Prof Chiddick, speaking at a Guildhall meeting organised by Hull CityVision.
“However, the problem now is that the two universities are competing for the same students literally ‘across the hedge’,” he said. “Uniquely in the UK, the two universities are now working together to improve the quantum, quality and profile of higher education in Hull. With the advent of the new medical school and the consolidation of the University of Lincoln in a new city campus around Queens Gardens, Hull will benefit from a better profile of higher education.
“Moreover the Queens Garden initiative will breathe new life into city centre regeneration. Had we gone ahead with the proposed Island Wharf development the university’s main buildings in the city centre would have closed and compounded the blight caused by vacant buildings in that area.”
An essential feature of the partnership between the University of Hull, Hull College and ULH will be to improve access and participation of students in Hull from disadvantaged backgrounds, Prof Chiddick said.
City stakeholders have agreed to work together with the universities to achieve long-term benefits for education and the economy in Hull.
“I welcome the presentation that Prof Chiddick and his colleagues made yesterday evening which gave a realistic assessment of some of the funding issues facing higher education,” said Neil Bradbury, chief executive of Hull CityVision.
“Prof Chiddick explained the responses that the university is making to ensure that there is a sensible framework against which the university can take forward its proposals for Hull. Hull CityVision is well advanced with a bid for a new urban regeneration company for Hull, and part of our proposals will involve further detailed discussions with Hull College and both universities to develop better educational facilities in the city. Professor Chiddick’s presentation was an invaluable contribution to this process.”
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University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)