A ceremony to celebrate the topping out of the Allam Medical Building, the centrepiece of a new £28-million Health Campus at the University of Hull, will take place on campus on Wednesday.
Guests will include Honorary Graduate and major donor to the University, Dr Assem Allam, who will carry out the topping out ceremony.
The iconic five-storey building, built in-part with a £7-million donation from leading East Yorkshire businessman Assem Allam, will be at the heart of the new Health Campus.
Once open in late 2017, it will be home to Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care which between them deliver medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professional training and carry out world-leading research in health and social care. The provision of teaching and research facilities will build on the excellent research reputation of HYMS and nursing, midwifery and allied health which have top 20 rankings for research quality for 2017.*
The University is a major contributor to the region’s healthcare workforce and the investment is a sign of the University’s commitment to creating the very best facilities for our students who will become our health practitioners of the future, as well as creating the environment for world-leading researchers.
The facilities will offer students teaching and training in ‘real-life’ settings that will provide a boost to their skills and employability. It will provide specialised teaching facilities including a full mock hospital ward, operating theatre and intensive care nursing facilities, and will see medical students working alongside, nursing, midwifery and allied health undergraduates, as well as PhD students, advanced nurse practitioners and physician associates.
Last year, ninety-eight per cent of the University’s nursing, midwifery and allied health graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating, with some specialisms reaching 100%.
The majority of general adult nurses and mental health nurses graduating from the University in July 2015 secured jobs in the region, providing a boost for Hull, East Yorkshire & North/ North-east Lincolnshire health services.
The University is very proud of how well we prepare our graduates for the world of work – our dedication to this is reflected in the University’s top ten ranking for employability.**
Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, said: ‘This is a fantastic milestone in the construction of the new Allam Medical Building. The University is a major contributor to the region’s healthcare workforce and carries out world-leading research to help address important health issues.
‘The Allam Medical Building will be an impressive addition on campus but, more importantly, it represents our desire to transform the health of the city, the region and the nation.
‘This development will enhance further our offering in these areas and provide our students with some of the finest facilities around. We are delighted to welcome guests to the University, including Dr Allam and his family who are great supporters of the University.’
Professor Trevor Sheldon, Dean of the Hull York Medical School, said: ‘I would like to thank the Allam family for enabling HYMS to take the next step forward in becoming a leading medical school, with a strong reputation for the quality of its teaching and strength of its research in biomedical, clinical and applied health research.’
Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, said: ‘The Allam Medical Building will provide a top class learning environment for our students and underpin the further growth and profile of non-medical health education in Hull, ultimately supporting a high quality workforce for the region. Health professionals and medics will be side-by-side in the new building, opening up new and exciting opportunities for both innovative teaching and research, with real benefit for the health and wellbeing of local, national and international populations.’
*Complete University Guide 2017
** More than 96% of Hull graduates are in work or further study six months after they have left the University. The annual Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) is the university sector’s benchmark of employability, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. The University is ranked eighth in the country.