Finding the extraordinary in everyone

Team GB and University of Hull

to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Team GB and University of Hull

Extraordinary is in you.
And we’ll help you find it

We believe there’s a spark of extraordinary in everyone. With the right opportunities ahead and a dedicated team behind, you too can let it shine.

That’s what our partnership with Team GB is built on.

Because extraordinary can be a gold-medal-winning performance in front of millions, or simply being the first to talk in a roomful of strangers. We see it in everyone.

It’s speaking out against injustice, trusting your conscience. Making changes to your life to help make the world a better place. Chasing your personal best, getting your highest mark yet and still pushing for higher. It’s knowing that here, you matter. Here, you can achieve whatever you want to, go wherever it takes you, conquer heights, imagine sights others can’t see. It’s that indescribable feeling that tells you:

Extraordinary experiences for our students

Ahead of the Minsk 2019 European Games, ten Hull students had an exclusive opportunity to volunteer for four days at the Team GB kitting-outevent at the NEC, Birmingham. That's where Team GB's athletes come together to select their Adidas kit for the competition. The students applied through our award-winning careers service, gaining valuable CV-writing experience and interview practice. Find out more about our award-winning careers service.


This is going to be huge.
And you're invited

Our partnership with Team GB lasts until the end of 2024 and spans the Minsk 2019 European Games, Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games, as well as Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. What does that mean for you? Lots. Whether you’re a student here or planning to be, a member of our staff or part of Hull’s wider community, there’ll be plenty to see and do, and tons of opportunities to work with one of Britain’s best-loved sports brands.

  • Exclusive Team GB events*
  • Team GB guest speakers*
  • CV-boosting work placements, internships*†
  • Joint research and enterprise projects
  • Volunteering opportunities*
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives
  • And so much more…

*Places will be limited and exact details will be provided when available.

†Depending on your subject

And there are so many other reasons to #ChooseHull
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Our people do extraordinary things

They change the world.
They give others a voice.
They overcome adversity.
And represent our country.

The University of Hull is filled with people who are transforming lives, inspiring the next generation, and helping to make the world a better place.

We give them all the support, knowledge and opportunities they need to flourish in whatever they choose to do, and wherever in the world that takes them. Whether they’re training to become an elite athlete, carrying out life-changing research, or standing up for what they believe in.


Adam Tunnicliffe

Computer Science student Adam is helping shape the future of Microsoft by working at the cutting edge of mixed reality technology for the global technology giant. He joined the Accelerator programme which uses the Microsoft Hololens to develop and test new manufacturing processes for major brands like Audi, Centrica and AB InBev.

Such was the success of the project, that Adam secured a job with Microsoft partner VISR, which is based on the University campus. He says: "It’s really exciting to be right at the forefront. Hull gave me an opportunity that no-one else in the world has had."


Florence Halstead

Florence’s research focuses around giving children affected by floods and other hazards a voice. Her latest work in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, saw her work with children to find out their perceptions towards global warming and what it meant to them.

Often harrowing, Florence says it is important children are prepared for what lies ahead. She said: “Children are too often a marginalised group within societies and their personal experiences are neglected. By involving children in the research process we can gain a better understanding of their views.”


Daniel Hardy

Daniel is transforming patient care around the world as part of a unique NHS research programme and a £3m partnership between the University and medical giant Smith & Nephew. The medical student is currently trialling new techniques to help wounds heal more quickly in surgery patients, while also feeding into Smith & Nephew’s own advanced wound treatment research.

Currently Hull graduates make up 25% of wound research staff at Smith & Nephew. Vice President Stewart McKinley says: “We are combining the brightest minds with the finest R&D. This partnership is the most exciting thing I’m aware of in the sphere of wound management.”


Heather Lacey

Heather is in the Shaw Trust’s 100 Most Influential Disabled People in Britain, regularly writing for national titles and making keynote speeches on disability issues. She began advocating for disability rights by creating her blog while studying at Hull for a BA in English and a Masters.

Heather, who has cerebral palsy, says: “I cannot help but think back to my experiences at Hull and how they have shaped me. I truly believe that without the chance to study at Hull, I would not have had the same opportunities, knowledge or the confidence to do what I do now.”

Tell us about your #Extraordinary

We want to hear about the people that inspire you.

Whether it’s a family member, a friend, a lecturer, or a member of your community, let’s celebrate the extraordinary people in your life. You can join in by telling us about them on Facebook or Twitter using #ExtraordinaryPeople.


Percy Ansah

Percy Ansah is using the skills he learnt at the University of Hull to bring affordable healthcare to 300,000 people in his home country of Ghana. After securing a Masters in Business Management, he created a health insurance business. It has rapidly grown to an £8m business - the second biggest provider in the nation - and Percy has now won the Entrepreneur Award from the British Council.

He says Hull helped to set him apart from the competition: “Most of the business schools in Europe and beyond only offer MBA programmes; I was looking for a course that would give me an edge in the workplace.”


Matt Nelson

Training between six and eight hours a day is something Matt Nelson is no stranger to. A British elite triathlete, representing the GB European Team, Matt currently holds the title of National Triathlon Champion and British University Champion. And he does all this whilst studying in his final year as a sports rehabilitation student.

He said: “I try to fit training in around lectures, so if I have a spare hour, I might do a session in the gym or go for a run or cycle.”


Dr Sam Nabb & Dr Caroline Douglas

Caroline and Sam's work has helped place this region at the forefront of obesity management in the UK. The pair have been involved in developing and evaluating a range of healthy lifestyle programmes for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, particularly working to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour in adults with a BMI over 45.

Their award-winning research has been fundamental in changing the leisure services’ approach to the health agenda. Sam explains: "It’s not just about losing weight, but about what people want to become. We're seeing great success and it's transforming lives."


Dr Adam Calverley

Creating an opportunity for prisoners to learn alongside criminology students is just one way Dr Adam Calverley has made an impact.

He has transformed learning for students on location at HM Prison Hull – where they benefit from the insights of prisoners. He has transformed learning for prisoners, showing them they can study at degree level – and have the potential to change their lives.

Dr Calverley’s commitment and adoption of the Learning Together programme was recognised with an ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award at the University’s Employee Excellence awards ceremony.


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