Work is progressing well on a £7 million redevelopment of Staff House which is due to reopen mid-June, just in time to enjoy the summer weather from the new outdoor decked seating area! 

One of things we’re most excited about is the new hot food offer (how we’ve missed those fish and chips)! The space previously occupied by the Jubilee Restaurant has been replaced by an impressive food hall, offering much loved traditional dishes alongside different cuisines from around the world, a bakery, extended salad bar, soup station, build your own breakfast area and grab and go sandwiches. The tired dining hall has gone and in its place is a modern, spacious seating area.

Private dining area

A new café bar will be serving coffee and cake and will have plenty of comfy indoor seating as well as easy access to the outdoor decked seating area.

New cafe area

Hull Alumna gifts £3.5-million to University

This significant donation, from the remarkable alumna Barbara Canham Turner, will be used to reconfigure Student Services within Student Central, to support the refurbishment of ‘Staff House’, to set up an annual lecture within the School of Arts, and to support disabled students.

Barbara Canham TurnerNotably, ‘Staff House’ is to be renamed Canham Turner, after this inspirational woman, who sadly passed away in 2015. This is the first building on campus to be named after a woman, highlighting an important moment in the University’s history.

Barbara always treasured her time at the University and the opportunities her degree presented her with. She was an annual donor to the University for 22 years, and also regularly attended alumni events. Some years ago Barbara informed the Development and Alumni Relations Office that she wished to support the University in her will.

It was only following her death, at the age of 94, that the University discovered just how transformational her legacy would be.

Born in 1921 in East Hull, Barbara suffered from Cerebral Palsy, which meant she didn’t speak until she was four years old, and throughout her life struggled with writing and mobility. Gaining a First in English in 1942 she went on to pursue a highly successful career at the British Council. Single and independent, she was an intrepid traveller, until recent years, with a keen interest in the arts.

Barbara’s story is truly inspiring, and we hope her name and life will inspire University of Hull students and staff for generations.

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