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University of Hull
The University of Hull is a public university in the city of Kingston upon Hull, commonly known as Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The university was founded in 1927 as the University College Hill and received its university status in 1954 when it was awarded a Royal Charter. The university was the location of the first creation of room temperature stable liquid crystals by George Gray and Ken Harrison in 1972.
Students travel from around the world to study at Hull and there is plenty of help and advice on hand. This includes immigration and visas advice as well as country specific information available on the website. The International Office is on hand to help students adapt to their new home as well as offering a first two weeks service to help organisation and settling in. The Hull University Union is the heart of student activities and organises some 100 clubs and societies, around half of which are involved with some form of sports through the Athletics Union. In addition, the union runs a bookshop, a nightclub, bars and catering facilities as well as an advisory centre and a careers service. The issues a monthly newspaper as well as an online TV station and a radio station. Notable among the clubs and societies is the rugby league club, which is one of the most successful teams within the university and plays in the top level of the BUSC league, ranking third best in the country. There is also an American Football team, an ice hockey team and a swimming club. There is also a separate student union building and facilities on the Scarborough campus on the ground floor of the main building. This operates its own radio station and student magazine.
The university has two campuses â€“ the main one in Hull and the secondary one in nearby Scarborough. The Hull campus is in a suburban part of the city and has a well-defined site much like a modern campus. Many of the buildings pre-date the institution becoming a university such as the Venn building, now the administrative centre, and the Cohen Building, originally the library. After becoming a university, considerable redevelopment took place under a plan by architect Sir Leslie Martin. Recent additions include the Hull History Centre, opened in 2010, in the city centre that also has the local studies department and the universityâ€™s archives. The secondary campus in Scarborough sees around 2000 students each year and was the site of the former University College Scarborough. It now offers mostly education courses as well as undergraduate degrees including Marine Biology, Digital Media and Tourism Management. Most of the universityâ€™s accommodation is found in the village of Cottingham, to the north-west of the city centre. The complex is called The Lawns and accommodates around 1000 students in seven halls of residence â€“ Ferens, Lambert, Nicholson, Morgan, Downs, Reckitts and Grant. Six of these have the Lawns Centre as a communal catering and social hub while Ferens is slightly apart, being originally a barracks for the US Air Force built during World War II. Thwaite Hall is near Cottingham, an 18th century country house with 187 rooms while Needler Hall has another 167 and is of a similar age.