About Us

Hull University Business School is a world-leading institution with a rich and successful history.


Hull University Business School is a leading UK business school dedicated to the development of responsible leadership for a complex world.

We are committed to achieving the very highest standards, highlighted in our multiple industry accreditations as well as our independent international accreditations such as AACSB, held by less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programmes.

This places us in a select group of UK business schools, assures students of our commitment to providing an outstanding experience and further enhances the value of their degree in the global employment market.

We are also proud to be one of the first academic institutions to sign up to the Principles for Responsible Management Education and an active player in the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS).


Hull University Business School has come an extremely long way in a relatively short space of time.

DerwentAlthough business-related subjects have been taught at Hull for over 30 years, Hull University Business School was only formed in 1999, when the existing schools of Management and of Accounting, Business and Finance came together, with the school of Economics joining in 2002. The development of the University's Scarborough Campus further extended the Business School's range of business programmes and research opportunities.

The formation of the Business School consolidated the vast resources and world-class expertise available across the University, creating the foundation on which the school could develop regionally, nationally and internationally.

Significant investment in state-of-the-art facilities on the University's west campus created a first-class facility for the Business School to accommodate our continued growth in size and status. In 2005, we moved in to our new home, described by Sir Digby Jones, former Director General of the CBI, as a ‘world class learning and teaching facility'. Designed by esteemed architects Farrell and Clark, the school is a mix of new build and redevelopment. Contemporary links connect four Grade II listed buildings to create an inspirational yet practical space, equipped with the latest technology.

Highlights of the facilities include an impressive 500-seat lecture theatre, a wide range of teaching and seminar rooms and a high tech management learning laboratory, equipped with sophisticated business development software.

The development finished with the official launch of the new Logistics Institute in March 2008. The institute, a £9 million development, was opened by Richard Lambert, current Director General of the CBI, bringing the extensive redevelopment of our four buildings to a fitting end.

As the school enters the next phase of its development, we will continue to raise the standard of business education and research on a national and international level, meeting the needs of our partners in the business community.

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Our Vision

Our Vision and Mission not only reflects the kind of school we are, but where we want to be in the years to come.

Connected ThinkingOur focus is on responsible leadership for a complex world, with an approach we call 'Connected Thinking' - a perspective which builds an understanding of the complexities in the global business environment.

Through this way of thinking, individuals and organisations develop the capacity to recognise the connections that make a difference and think creatively to lead change in a responsible way, whatever their role on the global business stage.

This approach is evident in everything that we do, and at every level of our excellent learning, teaching and research activities.

This ensures that every person or group we engage with is able to get the most out of the experience and that this engagement enriches the Business School as widely as possible.

We have also developed a set of strategic objectives, monitored and reviewed annually, which guide our behaviour and contribute to the realisation of the Vision and Mission across the school.

Our vision

To be a leading UK business school with an international reputation for research, learning and teaching that is relevant to a fast-changing, interconnected world where integrity is important.

Our mission

To equip managers and business professionals to succeed in a fast-changing and interconnected world. We will achieve this by maximising the connections between excellent research, learning and teaching across disciplines; our corporate engagement; and our work with partners who share our aspirations and values.

As a component part of the University of Hull we value quality, innovation, partnership and inclusivity.

We behave with friendliness, openness, responsibility and integrity and are accessible to all who can benefit from what we offer.

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The Business School is proud to hold multiple industry accreditations as well as independent international accreditations such as AACSB, held by less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programmes.

This places us in a select group of UK business schools, assures students of our commitment to providing an outstanding experience and further enhances the value of their degree in the global employment market.


Accredited by AMBA, the Hull Executive MBA provides graduates with an internationally recognised qualification, greatly enhancing the value of this degree. As members of AMBA, the school joins a network of established business schools committed to developing the business leaders of tomorrow.

AACSB accreditation

AACSB accreditation is an internationally recognised, specialised accreditation for business schools. It assesses standards across the whole the school, from taught programmes, to research, to internal operations. It is also a sign of quality that employers recognise, and graduates from AACSB-accredited schools are known to be ready for business.

The value of these accreditations is considerable, with benefits reaching far beyond rankings or prestige. The rigorous accreditation process and the high standards set further fuel the desire within the school to continually improve quality through innovation and dedication. They assure students of our commitment to providing an outstanding experience and add value to their degree, especially when competing in the global employment market. Students, staff and partner organisations can also take advantage of the vast networks represented by the accrediting bodies, such as AMBA's world-wide contacts.

Responsible Business Education

To prepare all who learn with us to lead as responsible business professionals, we embed issues of ethics and responsibility in all our learning and teaching. In fact, we are proud to have been the first business school in the UK to introduce an undergraduate Business Ethics module in 1987.

The school continues in this tradition and has developed CSR modules across all levels of our teaching as well as sustainable business, sustainable logistics and business and organisational ethics.

All undergraduate students engage with professional and ethical issues and corporate social responsibility in their curriculum, initially in the common first year module Academic and Professional Skills and through modules offered throughout their programme.

MSc students are exposed to the need for appropriate professional behaviour in their core modules Professional Skills and Research Methods. And on our EMBA programme, consideration of corporate social responsibility is integrated into the Managing in a Global Context theme and is considered throughout the programme.

Research students explicitly address ethical issues during the design and implementation of their research projects and all students and staff are asked to complete the research ethics proforma prior to undertaking a piece of research.

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The Business School's facilities are second to none, and now include the £28 million redevelopment of the Brynmor Jones Library.

Brynmor Jones LibraryThe Business School has facilities on both the Hull and Scarborough campuses of the University of Hull. Both campuses provide a welcoming and friendly environment.

Computing Facilities

You will have access to high-quality computing facilities including 24 hour computer centres, PCs in the libraries, and in the halls of residence. Postgraduate students also benefit from dedicated IT suites located in the business school on the Hull campus.

University Libraries

At Hull, the Brynmor Jones Library has now completed its £28 million redevelopment. It is home to almost a million volumes of books and periodicals, and can accommodate almost 1600 readers in an award winning building with over 350 networked computers. As Business School students you will have access to more than 1,000 print and 15,000 electronic journal titles, 200-plus electronic databases and several hundred electronic books. At Scarborough the Keith Donaldson library holds an up-to-date collection of books, journals and periodicals reflecting the latest theory and practice in business and management.


Hull University Business School provides a range of facilities to support its teaching and learning and research activities. The School has subscription for the following resources that are accessible by students and staff. Click each one to find out more.

Reuters Datastream

datastream screenshotReuters Datastream provides information and data sets pertaining to developed, developing and frontier countries regarding individual equities, equity market indices, unit trusts, investment trusts, warrants, futures, options, company accounts including corporate social and environmental responsibility indicators, bonds markets, macroeconomic environment, foreign exchange market, interest rates, commodities and derivatives.

Datastream delivers current and historical financial and economic data. Powerful charting and seamless integration with Excel allows you to explore relationships and analyse historical trends, and publish the results in Microsoft Office applications.

Reuters are offering a certification program for Datastream users. Students who complete this programme will have a competitive advantage in the job markets.

Reuters Thomson One

Reuters Thompson 1 screenshotThomson ONE Banker provides integrated access to various databases providing a wide range of data and information on listed companies for in-depth company analysis; stock exchange indices; data for private companies and private equity; financial deals such as takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, loan and equity deals, syndicated loans, and project finance. It delivers a broad and deep range of financial content, all within a workspace that is geared to your needs and workflow.


bloombergBloomberg for Education brings the pace and excitement of real business and macro-econometrics into the classroom. Using the Bloomberg Professional service, students are empowered with the same information and technology relied on by financial professionals all over the world. With hands-on experience of this industry-standard solution, students can gain an edge in an increasingly competitive job market.

Using Bloomberg for Education, students can deepen research and enrich class work; develop analytical skills; make decisions based on real events and real data; better interrogate their own methods; prepare for a challenging employment marketplace; test their skills with Bloomberg Essentials tests; and gain valuable experience using Bloomberg technology. With simulation programmes, Bloomberg simulates the exchange traded and over-the-counter markets with a variety of functions across asset classes and have a number of solutions that replicate both trading and non-trading workflows.

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) Package

S&P Compustat North America

S&P Capital IQ's Compustat North America is a database of U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on active and inactive publicly held companies dating back to the 1950's. It provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items. The restated data allows analysts to compare current and prior years' results on a comparable basis and determine financial trends and growth rates.

S&P Compustat Global

S&P Capital IQ's Compustat Global is a database of non-U.S. and non-Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 33,900 active and inactive publicly held companies with annual data history from 1987. It is a database of non-U.S. data and is unique in that it is normalized to provide comparability across a wide variety of global accounting standards and practices. This database normalizes the data to local accounting principles, disclosure methods and data item definitions. As a result, you can make more meaningful comparisons among industries and countries.

S&P Execucomp

The Executive Compensation (ExecuComp) facility offers extensive, transparent executive compensation data, including current, historical, total compensation, executive options, and compensation of industry peers. ExecuComp also allows you to link a company's performance to actual compensation levels.

Bank Regulatory

The Bank Regulatory Database contains five databases for regulated depository financial institutions. These databases provide accounting data for bank holding companies, commercial banks, savings banks, and savings and loans institutions. The source of the data comes from the required regulatory forms filed for supervising purposes.


This dataset contains standardized data for blockholders of about 2,000 companies. Blockholders' data is reported by firm for the period 1996-2001.

CBOE Indexes

The CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) Volatility Index is a key measure of market expectations of near-term volatility conveyed by S&P 500 stock index option prices. This VIX index has been considered by many to be the world's premier barometer of investor sentiment and market volatility. The New VIX measures the market's expectation of 30-day volatility in a way that conforms to the latest thinking and research among industry practitioners.


The CUSIP Service Bureau exists for the primary purpose of uniquely identifying issuers and issues of financial instruments within a standard framework, and disseminating this data to the financial marketplace via various media. The CUSIP Master Files provide CUSIP numbers, standardized descriptions and additional data attributes for over 5 million corporate, municipal and government securities offered in North America.

Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF)

Four individual data sets, each containing customer buying history for about 100,000 customers of nationally known catalogue and non-profit database marketing businesses are available through DMEF to approved academic researchers for use within academic situations.

Fama-French Portfolios and Factors

The Fama-French Portfolios are constructed from the intersections of two portfolios formed on size, as measured by market equity, and three portfolios using the ratio of book equity to market equity as a proxy for value. Returns from these portfolios are used to construct the Fama-French Factors.

Federal Reserve Bank Reports

The Federal Reserve Bank Reports contain three databases collected from Federal Reserve Banks: two of them come from Reports published from the Federal Reserve Board; the other one comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Foreign Exchange Rates (Federal Reserve Board’s H.10 Report). The database is based upon the Federal Reserve Board’s H.10 release and contains Foreign Exchange rates for over 30 world currencies and trade-weighted indices.

Philadelphia Stock Exchange

The Philadelphia Stock Exchange founded in 1790 is the oldest organized stock exchange in the USA. As one of North America’s primary marketplaces for the trading of stocks, equity options, index options and currency options and implied volatility, the PHLX continues to be a market leader in the development and introduction of innovative new products and services.

Penn World Tables

The Penn World Tables provides national income accounts-type of variables converted to international prices. The homogenization of national accounts to a common numeraire allows valid comparisons of income among countries.

Legacy Emerging Markets Database (EMDB)

EMDB serves as a vital statistical resource for the international financial community. EMDB has since earned recognition as the world's premier source for reliable and comprehensive information and statistics on stock markets in developing countries. As of January 2003, EMDB tracked 53 stock markets worldwide providing daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly data on more than 2,200 stocks by company, industry, country, region, and more.


Bankscope combines widely-sourced data with flexible software for analysis. With up to 16 years of detailed accounts Bankscope contains comprehensive information on banks across the globe. It can be used to research individual banks, find specific profiles and analyse them.


The FAME (i.e., financial analysis made easy) database provides comprehensive data coverage of millions of companies in the UK and Ireland. Students or researchers can use the database to look for individual firms’ accounting and fundamental data as well as corporate governance related data.

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