A driving force in the region’s economy
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Whether it is helping existing businesses, starting new
businesses or helping to provide an innovative environment in which
forward-thinking businesses can thrive, the University of Hull is a
keen and active partner.
By translating its research, knowledge
and expertise into the business community, the University is at the
heart of the economic development of the region.
And it is ready to do more.
The University provides a range of services to businesses,
enabling them to benefit through:
- world-class contract research
- continuous professional development and training
- graduate placement, internships and Knowledge Transfer
- access to state-of-the-art facilities
The University has helped businesses achieve success in areas of
activity including logistics, the environment, renewable energies,
healthcare technologies, creative and digital, engineering,
chemistry, computer science, law and languages.
Its state-of-the-art Enterprise Centre
provides the time, space and support for pre-trading and
early-trading businesses to hone their ideas and create profitable
enterprises. This fabulous facility is not just available
to students and graduates – it is also proving popular with those
with no prior connection to the University who feel that proximity
to the expertise and facilities that the centre offers will help
them to achieve commercial success.
The University’s reach and impact go way beyond the
confines of its expanded Hull Campus.
has a pioneering environmental facility at The Deep; plays a
leading role in activities at the Hull Royal and Castle Hill
hospitals; and is an active partner in the magnificent new Hull
History Centre, the Wilberforce Institute in Hull’s old town and
the World Trade Centre at the heart of the city’s expanding
Further afield, its Scarborough Campus is also closely
engaged in economic and community developments along Yorkshire’s
coastal strip. These are facilitated chiefly through its
Centre for Employability and Professional Skills and its Creative
Enterprise Laboratory (based next to the BBC facility in the town’s
Woodend Creative Workspace), and is leading the drive to retain the
best talent in the digital and creative industries.
The basic figures may surprise some people:
- The University is one of the area’s leading employers, with
around 2,500 staff and a turnover in the region of £140
- it typically has approximately 21,000 students from 100
- its economic impact on the Hull city region is estimated to be
£350 million a year.
- its specific interaction with business, applied to agreed
national performance measures, is worth around £20 million a
The University brings its expertise to bear on major business
opportunities for the region – helping to shape the future economy
and working with strategic partners to identify potential for the
development of new skills and new businesses.
Its workforce development activity spans
the business sectors and helps organisations of all sizes from
multinationals to the smallest of local companies. It can
provide help, guidance and training in everything from critical
systems thinking for creative business leaders to health and safety
qualifications; from the latest high-tech simulator training for
ports’ crane operators and JCB drivers to training in languages and
employment law; from the freshest approaches to effective marketing
to compliance with chemical regulations.
It provides environmental audits to small companies seeking to
maximise their profits, secure business accreditation to help them
tender for lucrative contracts, ensure their sustainability or
simply to comply with fast-changing legislation.
And that's before mention of the University’s core offering
to businesses of first class degrees, employer-led Foundation
Degrees, MBAs, leadership training… the list goes on.
A consistent problem is that the University can never do enough
to communicate to the business community just how much it has to
offer. When businesses do pay a visit, they are usually overwhelmed
by just how much help, support and expertise is available to
“I had no idea so much was going on at the University that could
help me,” is a common cry. Don’t let it be one from
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