University College Hull was founded in 1927, and, following the granting of a Royal Charter on 13 May 1954, became the University of Hull, an independent institution – Yorkshire’s third university and England’s 14th – with the right to award its own degrees. The total student population at the University of Hull is approximately 20,000 across Hull and Scarborough campuses and the academic portfolio contains 50 disciplines across the arts and humanities, business, education, health, the sciences and the social sciences. The National Student Survey (NSS) consistently ranks the University in the top ten mainstream English Universities. The 2010 International Student Barometer – a comparative study tracking international students’ opinions of education abroad – showed that the University continues to deliver first-class service to its international student body, with 88% of students satisfied or very satisfied with their experience here. Quality of careers advice, work experience opportunities for international students, and the number of international societies in our students’ union scored particularly highly.
Approximately 2,515 people are employed by the University of Hull – with 1026 being academic staff. In the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 80% of the University’s research was judged to be of an international standard in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The University has particular research expertise in social justice, environmental technologies, maritime history, healthcare, 3D visualisation and nanotechnology and liquid-crystal technology. As one of the major players in the regeneration of Hull and Scarborough, the University also has a significant impact on local economic and social growth.
The School of Social Sciences is a large multi disciplinary unit comprised of Anthropology, Criminology, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Religion, Social Work and Sociology. The School is home to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, the Centre for Spirituality Studies, the Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation, the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Centre for the Study of Social Justice in a Globalizing World. It also partners with the University’s Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation. The Centre for Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for gender research within the University of Hull, comprising researchers from a range of disciplines and schools from across the university. The Centre runs a regular seminar series, as well as conferences and workshops, and acts as a research network/focus for both staff and postgraduate students engaged in a wide variety of gender research. Aside from GEMMA, the School offers an Undergraduate Programme in Sociology and Anthropology with Gender Studies, and the University has a wide range of postgraduate courses on Gender Studies across the disciplines. Some specific areas of School expertise are gender and development, feminist research methods, anthropological perspectives on gender and sexuality, human rights, identity politics, and the body. The School of Social Sciences and Centre for Gender Studies have been, and currently are, part of a number of formal and informal research and teaching networks and consortiums. In addition to the partner institutions involved in the successful EU funded Masters of Excellence in Women’s and Gender Studies (GEMMA) consortium on which the proposal builds these networks include European links with University College Cork, the University of Aalborg, and Ghent University, and 3rd country links Egerton University (Kenya), the University of Hong Kong, Peshawar University (Pakistan), Haryana University (India), Kyung Hee University (Korea), and the University of Chile. The team of gender studies staff named as project leader / co-leaders between them have a wealth of experience in developing, coordinating and managing international collaborative higher education projects.