1st May 2002
Hull’s two universities today signed up to one of the region’s biggest property deals with the sale of the University of Lincoln’s Cottingham Road campus to the University of Hull.
By acquiring the campus next-door the University of Hull has increased the size of its 18-hectare site on Cottingham Road, where it has been based since 1928, by more than a third.
The deal comes after more than a year of negotiation between the two institutions in consultation with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which has provided significant financial support.
The extra space will give the University of Hull room for major academic developments. These include the new Hull York Medical School, to which £13
million has also been committed by HEFCE.
The site will provide academic and administrative accommodation for the University of Hull’s component of the new Medical School, which will receive its first students in October 2003. Other uses will follow as the university develops its academic provision in other areas.
The relocation of the University of Hull's School of Nursing, Social Work and Applied Health Studies from the East Riding campus at Willerby will begin in August 2002. The Willerby site is required for development by the NHS.
For the University of Lincoln the transfer is the second part of a significant programme of restructuring and collaboration with the University of Hull and De Montfort University.
The University of Lincoln has pledged to reinvest the proceeds of the sale in the redevelopment of its Hull city centre campus, where the number of students is set to double within five years.
The University of Lincoln will lease back most of the Cottingham Road site for the coming year and will continue to run academic programmes there until the end of August 2003.
From September 2003, the University of Lincoln in Hull will be based at its city centre campus, offering programmes in art and design, computing sciences, health and social care and business and management.
The University of Hull will provide access to its sports and recreation facilities for University of Lincoln students on the Cottingham Road campus in 2002/3, and the University of Lincoln will continue to provide services on the site until the end of the lease-back period.
Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, commented: “This deal is unalloyed good news for Hull and will allow us to invest £4 million in our city centre campus.
“This transfer is crucial to our strategy for growth in Hull which is already beginning to bear fruit.
“By working together with the University of Hull and Hull College we are able to ensure a bright future for higher education in Hull.”
The University of Hull’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Drewry, said: “The
site acquisition gives exciting opportunities to achieve some of our strategic objectives. In particular, the development of a strong biomedical cluster fostering teaching and research and links with industry will encourage and support new knowledge-based industries in the city and region.
“Our aim is also to develop our partnerships with further education and the University of Lincoln to support and encourage higher levels of participation in education in Hull.”
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