Festival 39! Alumni Weekend 2018 – Everything you need to know

Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50pp Weekend Pass
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Weekend Itinerary and Booking Toolkit

1 – Weekend Description
2 – Full Itinerary
3 – Pricing
4 – Accommodation
5 – Getting here
6 – FAQs

For all booking enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on alumni@hull.ac.uk or (01482) 465516

1 – Weekend Description

Head for Hull this summer and join us for Festival 39! our big Alumni Weekend for 2018!

We’ve got something for everyone, ranging from city and campus tours to showcases, bar-room sessions, live productions and public debates culminating in a Gala Dinner celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the University.

Hear some our most free-thinking academics share radical ideas over a pint at ‘Ideas on Tap’ or join ‘Student Politics – Then and Now’ for an inter-generational debate about political activism on campus. Relive your student days as our graduates ‘Occupy the Union’ on Friday night, attend an original drama production on Saturday and listen to an ‘Inspired in Hull’ lecture.

This is just a taste of what is on offer, see below for a  full description of the weekend itinerary and additional information covering a range of travel and accommodation options.


Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50 Weekend Pass
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2 – Full Itinerary

Friday 15th June (Evening):

18:00 – 20:00 ‘Inspired in Hull’ with Ed Bicknell (Brynmor Jones Library)

Refreshments from 18:00, lecture begins at 18:30

ed bicknell

Heading the ambitious Student Union’s Ents Committee between ’67 and ’69, Ed Bicknell achieved the remarkable coup of bringing the very best in avant-garde rock and psychedelic blues to Hull. Boasting line-ups that included Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, John Lee Hooker, The Kinks and the Who, Ed helped Hull to take its place in the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960’s and sealed his own illustrious career in the music industry

Join us for an evening with Hull’s great impresario as he gives us an unadulterated tour through the chaos, carnage and creativity of the music industry from the Jazz and Folk Clubs of Hull in the mid 60’s to his role in the globe-trotting success of stadium giants, Dire Straits.

20:00 – 1:00: ‘Occupy the Union’ (Student Central)

For one evening only, it’s all yours! join fellow alumni and hit the bars of Hull University Union. Relive those heady days of pubs, pints, pool and pizza and listen to the soundtrack of your lives as we reprise student anthems from the 50’s to the present day. Hang out in ‘Jonny Macs’ or take in the newly refurbished ‘Sanctuary Bar’ and enjoy cocktails on the decking as the sun sets over West Campus.

Saturday 16th June (Day):

‘Campus Takeover’

hull-uni-campus-summerIn 2018, we’ll be giving campus over to alumni of the University and inviting them to meet the staff and students who continue to ‘carry the lamp of learning’ (lampada ferens) and discover more about their current work, cutting-edge research and forthcoming projects.

Please note that some events will run simultaneously, so it will not be possible to attend every event.

10:00 – 11:00: Brunch on the Deck (Canham Turner)

To start the ‘campus takeover’, join us for a brunch on campus – a hearty welcome from the alumni team.


11:00 – 12:00: ‘The Awe-Inspiring Nature of the Universe and the Life Within it’ (Kingsley Suite, Canham Turner):


Using a planetarium, Professor Brad Gibson and students of Astrophysics will deliver 4-5 micro talks exploring the fundamental principles that govern the wide space around us – light, gravity, energy, matter and time – revealing the universe for what it is – the very essence of humanity.


12:00-13:00: Allam Medical Building Showcase (Allam Medical Building)

Health Campus Allam Medical Building East View

The Allam Medical Building was opened by HRH The Queen in November 2017. On June 16 we’ll be opening up the building to alumni to receive guided tours of the simulated hospital ward, operating theatre and intensive care unit, complete with talking (and sometimes screaming!) patient mannequins. The facility perfectly mimics a clinical setting and will give alumni a realistic insight into how we prepare medical staff for the demands of the health-care sector.

13:00 – 14:00: Buffet Lunch

Weather permitting – join us for a big festival buffet lunch outdoors

14:00 – 15:00: Performance: Philomela and Her Sisters (Donald Roy Theatre, Gulbenkian Centre)

Gulbenkian Centre: A performance by Drama Students of the University of Hull of a new work which evokes the violent passions of Euripides’ Hekabe, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

14:00 – 15:00: Campus Tour:

Take a walking tour of our beautiful campus in the company of our Student Ambassadors. See new and cutting edge developments sitting side-by side with reassuringly familiar sights from your student days. Our tours will reacquaint you with one of the friendliest and best kept learning spaces in the UK and invite you to embrace the future.

15:00 – 16:00: Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment (HIVE, Robert Blackburn Building) 


Walk into the middle of a molecular structure, abseil down an offshore wind turbine, stand on an aircraft carrier, meet anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce – all of these are possible in Hull’s immersive 3D visual experience – put on your 3D goggles and prepare to be immersed in a world of wonder!

15:00 – 16:00: Student Politics – Then and Now (Sanctuary Bar, HUU)


It’s exactly 50 years since the ‘sit-in’ of 1968 when students took charge of the Administration Building. To mark the anniversary we’re inviting you to join an inter-generational discussion between graduates, staff and current students.

From negotiation and protest to direct action and digital activism, via boycotts, balloons, sit-ins, vigils and rallies – we’ll compare and contrast the methods and the relative successes of multiple generations of campus action in Hull. (Image – Demonstration Against Apartheid 1978)


16:00 – 17:30: Ideas on Tap (Sanctuary Bar)

Join a select group of free-thinking academics as they ‘drive you to think’, serving up a range of eclectic and challenging ideas distilled down into pint-sized presentations and delivered in the laid-back comfort of a bar-room.


Saturday 16th June (Evening):

19:30 – Midnight: 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner with Lucy Beaumont (Canham-Turner)

Canham Turner 2

Known to graduates variously as the ‘Buttery’, the ‘Student Union’ or ‘Staff House’, the newly refurbished Canham Turner will be the elegant setting for an evening of fine dining, drinks, music and performances as all our weekend visitors gather to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the University. Comedian Lucy Beaumont will address alumni after the dinner in her own unique comic style (which is all Hull).

Revel, reminisce and revive the spirit of the last 90 years in the company of the people who made the university what it is – our alumni.

Sunday 17th June:


‘Summer in the City’ Alumni Tours (City Centre)

10:30 – 11:30:

Join local tour guide Paul Schofield as he walks you round a city in the process of reinventing itself; witness at first hand the transformational power of culture as a catalyst for economic and social change.

The tours will focus on Hull’s new Cultural and Creative Quarter – the Fruit Market, whilst taking in the laid-back elegance of the Marina and the medieval delights of the Old Town.


Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50 Weekend Pass
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3 – Pricing

  • Full weekend package = £50 per-person

(This includes a 3 course meal with 2 glasses of wine on Saturday evening with live comedy and music. The pass also covers the cost of a Saturday morning brunch and entry to the 12 events outlined above (drinks can be purchased at ‘Occupy the Union’ or ‘Ideas on Tap’ and the ‘Gala Dinner’.)

  • Gala Dinner only = £30 per-person

(This includes a 3 course meal with 2 glasses of wine on Saturday evening with live comedy and music)

  • Friday events only = Free of charge

(These are ‘Inspired in Hull’ with Ed Bicknell and ‘Occupy the Union’)


Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50 Weekend Pass
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4 – Accommodation


Hull has a range of City Centre hotel options to suit all budgets. The following is not an exhaustive list and is only indicative of standards based on price-band:

Premium: Holiday Inn Hull MarinaHilton Doubletree

StandardMercure Royal HotelPremier Inn-City Centre,

Budget: Travelodge, Ibis, Holiday Inn Express

Closer to Campus

There are a number of guests houses, hotels and inns close to campus for guests who prefer to be within walking distance. These include:

Old Grey Mare

Crosskeys Hotel

Acorn Guest House

Cornerbrook Guest House

Mayfair Hotel

Dorchester Hotel

On Campus

There is also limited accommodation available on campus in the form of guest houses. These include:

Salmon Grove Guest House

Ferens Avenue Guest House

Prices range from £29 per night for a single room to £61 for a large double (with a range of options in between). To make an enquiry or a booking, please use visitorsaccomm@hull.ac.uk


Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50 Weekend Pass
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5 – Getting Here 

Road – The main road into Hull for anyone travelling from the North, South or West is usually the A63, travellers from the east usually enter along the A165 or A1033. The A63 joins the M62 which links to the A1(M), M1, M6, M18, M57, M60, M61, M66, M606 and M621.

If you’re coming up from London or the south and want to cross the Humber Bridge, you can take the A1 and and come off at Newark-on-Trent then head north east. Taking the A15 east of Scunthorpe will then bring you over the Humber Bridge and into Hull from the south. The Humber Bridge is a toll road, but travelling across it is worth it for the view alone – find out current toll charges

Rail – Direct Rail Services to Hull are in operation from Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, London and York

Coach/ Bus – There are National Express and Megabus services (with connections) from all major cities in the UK to Hull from London. Direct bus services operate from Leeds (X62) and York (X46, X47)

Air: Humberside Airport is a 40 minute drive from Hull, Stagecoach operate the Humber Flyer bus service, which takes you directly into Hull from the airport. Leeds/Bradford is 1 hour 30 minutes by car, Robin Hood Airport is an hour away and Manchester Airport is 2 hours drive from Hull.

Sea: Direct Ferry services operate between Hull,  Zeebrugge and Rotterdam

Travelling to the University

Our campus is easily accessible from the station via the 103 or 105 buses. Taxis are available from the station or by ringing Hull Cars on 01482 828282.

Parking – If you are travelling by car or minibus, all parking on campus will be free and unrestricted throughout the weekend. See Parking map of campus

The Friday events will be free, and open to all.

Events and timings

Arrangements for some events are still being finalised so there may be venue changes or adjustments to the times stated below, please keep an eye on this post for any updates. We’ll also confirm any changes in the joining instructions which will go out prior to the events.


Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50 Weekend Pass
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6 – FAQs

Can I attend all the events?

Unfortunately it won’t be possible to attend every event. We are aiming to ensure that all faculties are represented, so some of the events on the Saturday will run in parallel and event choices will have to be made. For example, Student Politics Now and the Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment (HIVE) will both take place between 15:00 and 16:00 on Saturday 16 June. Despite this, we are confident that the range of events on offer will offer something to everybody.

Will I need to book on to events?

We will ask attendees to book on to events in order that we can get a rough idea of numbers and ensure that the venues are appropriate, however guests should feel free to attend events other than those that they have booked onto. If any of the events look set to be oversubscribed we will send out ‘last chance to book’ e-mails to alert guests that particular events are close to booking out. Booking forms will be distributed by e-mail shortly.

If I’m only attending a couple of events, will I need to pay?

The ‘Inspired in Hull’ lecture and the ‘Occupy the Union’ events on Friday 15th are both free to attend, however a weekend pass (£50 per-person) will be required for the remaining events on the Saturday and Sunday. The pass will cover the cost of a brunch, the events themselves, the City Tours and a three course meal with wine and live comedy and music on the Saturday evening. If you would like to attend the Gala Dinner only you can do so for £30 per-person

Is there a dress-code for the Gala Dinner?

The Gala Dinner will mark the 90th anniversary of the University of Hull. On this special occasion, guests are asked to adopt a ‘smart’ dress code.

Will I be able to identify graduates from my year or academic subject area?

All attendees will be provided with colour-coded name badges and class lists to enable easy-identification according to year of graduation and subject area. Badges will not be compulsory but we would encourage alumni to wear them in order to facilitate networking, particularly for those guests who are travelling alone and seeking opportunities to network.


Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50 Weekend Pass
Book here

2 thoughts on “Festival 39! Alumni Weekend 2018 – Everything you need to know

    1. Sincere apologies John, we should have excluded existing registrants from the mailing, apologies for any alarm caused. We have checked the booking list and you’re definitely on there


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