As part of our future strategy and commitment to student experience, the University of Hull has taken the decision to put Ferens Hall and The Lawns to market. We know that for many alumni Ferens Hall and the Lawns form a key part of your memories from your time as students at the University of Hull and that is why we wanted to let you know why we have taken the decision, and how it feeds into our plans for delivering the best possible experience for future generations of University of Hull students.
As the University looks to the future with its 2030 strategy, the decision to put Ferens and the Lawns to market has not been taken lightly, and it will be with some sadness that we say goodbye to buildings which have been a key part of our history and heritage. But their sale reflects our forward thinking approach and streamlines our ambitions for the future as one university community operating from one central campus. This step will improve student experience, centralise our community hub and strengthen our sense of place.
The student experience is at the heart of the University of Hull’s strategy for the future. We have responded to decreased demand from students for out of town student accommodation, such as at The Lawns Campus. The focus for future intakes of students is now on new build accommodation. The University has invested in more modern purpose built student accommodation on Campus and this contributed to a situation in which we had only 20 applications out of a possible 600 rooms for the Lawns accommodation for the academic year of 2018/2019.
The proceeds generated by the sale of the Ferens Hall and The Lawns will contribute to the development and growth of the wider university, expanding the impact of education and research, strengthening innovation and knowledge exchange, and building new partnerships, as part of the 2030 strategy.
We want to ensure that you are kept updated through the process and reassure you of our commitment to local engagement by regularly reviewing feedback from the local community.
As alumni, if you would like to contact us about this, please email us at email@example.com
In addition, we would love to compile alumni memories and photographs of the Lawns and Ferens Hall into an archive celebrating their history. If you have picture, memories or anything you would like to share – then send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org