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The generosity of Thomas Ferens and G F Grant enabled the foundation of The University of Hull 90 years ago, allowing 39 students to become the first to show what the University could help them achieve. Today we continue to encourage our alumni and friends to support our students so they can become the best they can be and further extend the legacy of those first 39.

By supporting the University of Hull you are joining a community of more than 5,000 donors, including alumni, staff, and friends of the University that over the years has helped countless students achieve success. Every penny that you donate goes directly towards our students, enhancing their experience and supporting their needs.

Our key current fundraising projects

ACTion to End Modern Slavery

Up to 40 million people in the world are held in forms of modern slavery and over 10,000 people were officially identified as potential victims of Modern Slavery in the UK in 2020 alone. The ACTion to End Modern Slavery Justice Hub, based here at our Wilberforce Institute, and funded entirely by our alumni, seeks to combat modern slavery by spreading expertise in applying the Modern Slavery Act 2015, to end the criminal activities of people exploitation.

This initiative will create a wider awareness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, provide expert advice to lawyers to interpret, apply and test legislation, foster collaboration in systemic investigation, prosecution and protection strategies, as well as change culture so that we each assure ourselves that nothing we do in our work or our personal lives supports modern slavery.

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IntoUniversity Project

In 2021, 27% of students eligible for free school meals got a place at University. Compare this figure to the 66% of IntoUniversity alumni who got a place at university and you can clearly see the impact. With over 290 partner schools around the UK, and a new one opening in the Marfleet area, east Hull, in Autumn 2022, IntoUniversity are already making a big difference for students nationally.

Child poverty levels in Hull have been growing year on year to over 18,500 in 2019, and the new IntoUniversity centre aims to support disadvantaged young people from ages 7-19 in the local area with one-to-one mentoring, academic support, enrichment opportunities and employment support throughout their school journey, their first year at university, and beyond.

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LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Whilst starting university can be an exciting experience, it can be particularly stressful for members of the LGBTQ+ community. In August 2021 we launched our Jeremy Round LGBTQ+ Scholarships, named in memory of University of Hull alumnus Jeremey Round. The scholarships are supported, and part-funded, by Jeremy Round’s former partner, Jeremy Trevathan who was inspired to support these scholarships as he himself encountered significant challenges as a gay student living in the 1970s.

Here at the University of Hull we want to make sure that our campus is a safe place where students are able to express themselves and feel comfortable to be exactly who they are without discrimination. We hope these scholarships help to remove some of the barriers members of the LGBTQ+ community might face when accessing higher education, and build on the University’s commitment to equality and inclusivity.

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Student Hardship Fund

The Student Hardship Fund does exactly what it says, supports our students, through hardship and bursaries, ensuring that our students are in the best possible position to be the best that they can be and get the best possible experiences from their University experience. We want to support our students to participate in extra-curricular activities, ensuring that after graduation not only do they hold an excellent degree but they also have the relevant experiences they need gain employment in their chosen field to become the best graduates!

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Student Wellbeing & Mental Health Support

Mental health issues have more than trebled in recent years. Depression, financial worries and illness could all prevent a student from graduating, in addition to new challenges and demands that come from living through a pandemic, for example social isolation, health anxiety. The University is committed to supporting every student in need of mental health support; with funding from our alumni, in recent years we have offered suicide awareness and prevention training to staff, we launched an online digital platform, called Togetherall, for students, but right now our services are oversubscribed.

Find out how we support our students and what is available to them with the help of additional funding from our alumni and friends.

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Student Success Fund

The Student Success Fund incorporates everything that helps students get the best out of their time here. It’s a holistic approach to student success, providing flexible funding to support a range of challenges relating to Student Hardship, Student Wellbeing and Mental Health. Additionally, contributions can be used to fund activities for students from low income backgrounds in areas that relate to building their careers, studying or working abroad or participating in sports – an activity which is positively related to reducing isolation and improving mental health.

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Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) - Breaking Barriers

Only 24% of STEM graduates are Women and only 23% of core STEM workers are women.  Organisations that embrace equality, diversity, and inclusion deliver better results, have more motivated staff, increased recognition and greater innovation, and that is why we need to increase gender equality in the STEM area.

It is vital that we encourage and support women to study STEM subjects to ensure that we are contributing to a healthier and more diverse dialogue in workplaces and communities across the country.

Support Research Prizes, Scholarships, Internships and Outreach work. Help us to recruit and develop the top female academic talent in science so that we can produce the next generation of researchers, teachers, role-models and leaders in the scientific community.  Find out more.

The University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all.
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Endometriosis Research

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining on the inside of someone’s uterus begins growing outside of the uterus, which can cause long-term severe pain, chronic fatigue, infertility and other symptoms. Despite the fact that it affects 1 in 10 women in the UK it still takes, on average, 7.5 years to diagnose.

Currently, the cause of endometriosis is unknown and there is no definitive cure, however, Dr Barbara Guinn, reader of Biomedical Sciences and researcher at the University of Hull, is trying to develop an earlier, non-invasive, diagnostic test for endometriosis in order to be able to diagnose instantly and help patients much sooner.
Endometriosis Support Hull & East Yorkshire

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Academic and Research Enhancement Fund

The Academic and Research Enhancement Fund offers undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to the brightest and best students, ensuring that a University of Hull education is open to all irrespective of income.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Circle

Alumni are making a huge difference to our work, but sometimes it is difficult to fully understand just how far-reaching the legacy of your support can be. By committing over £10,000 and joining the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle, you are turning potential into purpose. Donations from members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle help support game-changing research, and help promising academics take their research to the next level. By investing in our talented staff and students you are part of a story that will see us step into a bold new future, and turn today’s research project into tomorrow’s game-changing innovation.

Circle champions have been using their networks to promote causes close to their hearts and to inspire others to support our work and join the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle. As industry leaders, our alumni have been sharing the benefit of their experience with staff, students and fellow alumni by delivering talks at events and opening doors at their workplaces

Join us and support the University of Hull as we ask the biggest questions, tackle the most difficult problems and ensure our students are equipped to make a difference.

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How to give

Thank you for your interest in helping the University of Hull community.

Adding your contribution is simple, quick and secure.

Use Gift Aid and you can make your donation worth even more. For every pound you give, the University will receive an additional 25p through tax relief from the Inland Revenue.

To make a gift tax effective, you must have paid an amount of UK Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax equal to or exceeding the amount of tax to be reclaimed in each tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next).


We accept gifts by standing order, cheque, Delta, Switch, Visa, and Mastercard, using one of the following payment methods:

Online -donate a single gift or make a regular donation by visiting our donation page

By Post - download a pdf of our donation form

Telephone - please call Nicky Wright, Annual Fund Officer, on +44 (0)1482 465257 to make your gift

GAYE - If your employer operates a Payroll Giving Scheme you can make tax efficient gifts to the University through your salary. A £10 a month donation could cost you as little as £5 a month depending on which tax bracket you are in.

You don’t need to give money to make a difference.

Are you able to give some of your time to the University of Hull? We are always looking for enthusiastic, encouraging and engaging alumni and friends to work with us to support the University community. If you would be interested in learning more about mentoring, offering placements, guest lectures or seminars, student workshops, networking, hosting events or volunteering your time in a range of other ways please contact us at .We would be delighted to discuss options, and work together.