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City of Culture status attracts University students at Open Days

CULTURE CAMPUS: The next University Open Day is on Saturday 19 November
CULTURE CAMPUS: The next University Open Day is on Saturday 19 November

Hull’s City of Culture status is acting as an added incentive for those considering studying at the University of Hull.

With opportunities to join a global audience for stunning cultural events, the chance to perform as well as the career-boosting advantages of signing up as a volunteer, applicants are impressed with the potential of Hull2017 to deliver an unforgettable student experience.

Professor Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, said:

The whole of the city is buzzing with anticipation about the benefits that UK City of Culture 2017 will bring.

At the University, we are looking forward to some incredible theatre, music and cinema on our campus – and the impact this will have on audiences as well as on those performing.

We will have students who may have come to our University to immerse themselves in science, but will find themselves at the centre of a wonderful cultural experience.

That is exciting for us – and for current students. For all those who are making important decisions about their choice of university and future, this is an exciting addition to the many reasons for considering the University of Hull.

Our intake of students has increased for the past two years, and I expect that the City of Culture will continue to play a part in attracting new students to Hull.

When Hull City is in the Premier League it has a positive effect on numbers choosing to come to Hull. We fully expect a fantastic year of culture to have the same effect.

Dr Rowan Oliver, a music lecturer at the University, said:

There are lots of nods and smiles when we mention City of Culture in our Open Day talks to prospective students – particularly from parents. They are no doubt aware of the positives this will bring – not just for the city but also at an individual level.

Who wouldn’t want their son or daughter to study in a city where they can be part of something amazing and where there will be 365 days of cultural activity?’

There is a buzz on campus at the moment – I think everyone feels it and the fact that ‘everyone back to ours’ is really about to become a reality.

When I show prospective students around Middleton Hall they are impressed with the recording studios and the venue as a whole – and they can see that its redevelopment is well-timed with Hull2017 and the excitement that entails.

First-year marketing student, Eve Lodge, said:

Hull being the City of Culture in 2017 definitely played a part in me choosing to come to Hull. I love live music, films and going to the theatre, so can’t wait for the many fantastic events that will be on. I am also planning to apply to be a volunteer.

But I should say, it was just one of many positives. The main reason was the university itself, how I felt when I visited, and how I was greeted and talked to by the tutors and staff.

Music PhD student Jamie Moore, who also sees the cultural offering as a selling point, is convinced that Hull 2017 is going to have a huge effect, particularly on drama and music students, as the programme of high-calibre events will act as an inspiration and provide insight, said:

Being able to attend concerts and other events of this standard – which are normally reserved for big cities – has a profound effect on students, inspiring us to dedicate more time and effort honing our craft.

Every day we get sent emails about how we can get involved with the festivities in a variety of different roles. The opportunity to work alongside professional artists will afford us all an invaluable insight into the working lives of people involved with the performing arts. This first-hand experience gifted to us by City of Culture is something that other institutions will not be able to offer to their students to the same degree.

For details of the next open University Open Day on Saturday 19 November please visit

• The University is a principal partner of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and is playing an active role in producing and hosting some of the year’s spectacular cultural events. Key highlights of the Hull 2017 programme to be held at the Hall include a film retrospective of Anthony Minghella – Oscar-winning director of the English Patient and alumnus and former lecturer at the University. ‘Telling Tales’ will see Four Weddings and a Funeral actor Simon Callow narrate a family friendly programme of classical music.

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