All posts by Alanis Illingworth

Hi I'm Alanis and I am a Business and Management undergraduate currently in my second year of study at the University of Hull. I am originally from Hull and love where I am from so much I decided to study here also. The subjects I am most passionate about within my degree are Human Resources, Responsible Business including Environmental Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.

My year abroad experience

California Business School

I felt that I was very lucky to be given the chance by the University of Hull to be able to study abroad for a whole year. I gained an insight into working within a different cultural environment as well as learning so many new things about myself and who I might become one day by taking on this exciting venture. I would honestly recommend studying a year abroad to anyone. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will be sure to come back with a completely different mindset, ready to complete the rest of your degree and take on the world.

I went to study at California Business School and it was honestly the best time of my life. I met so many interesting people and of course, I partied LA style.

If California isn’t your ideal place to study for a year then not to worry, the University has so many different places to choose from such as Spain, France, Italy, Thailand and many more. I will leave a link below for you to take a look at all the amazing placements they have to offer if this is something of interest to you.

Studying abroad has so many other benefits than just personal, it looks amazing on your CV and will help kick start your life after University. Happy studying!

A day in the life of a student

Being a Business student at Hull University is all about self-initiative. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and provide you with all the quality resources you need however, it’s down to you to make sure that attend all of your lecturers and revise the information handed to you. That being said, welcome to my student diary.

7.30am – Getting ready to start the day ahead.

My schedule varies each semester and depends on what modules I am taking. This semester I am studying Contemporary Marketing Management, Organisational Management and Management Systems and Standards for Sustainability. I know, I have lots of management modules, which means I need to be ready to start my lecture at 9am. The Costa on campus always keeps me going throughout the first part of the day.

12pm – Lunch break

I usually go to the sanctuary bar or pizza eats on campus for lunch because its close and they both have vegan options which is great for me.

5pm – Uni pole society

I am a member of the uni pole society and attend a class every Thursday at 5pm. It’s a great way to meet new friends and get some fitness into your busy student schedule. If pole isn’t for you there are plenty of other societies for you to join such as basketball, badminton, cheerleading and many more. Here is a link if you would like to have a look for yourself.

7pm – Dinner, Revision, Rest!

After a long day I get home around 7pm, make myself some dinner, revise for an hour before  having some relaxation time before I go to sleep ready to start fresh the next day.


5 reasons you should study in Hull

City of Culture

In 2017, Hull was awarded City of Culture which had a major impact on the city’s economy, gaining £32.8m in funding. The success of Hull has strengthened ambition and local pride within the community and opportunities for things such as networking has increased dramatically. Hull is finally on the map as more and more tourists are visiting every year for the amazing art and culture it possesses.


Hull is now also known for its iconic pieces of art such as the Siemens wind turbine which was displayed in the middle of the City Centre.



A piece of art called the ‘weeping window’ was created on the outside of the Maritime Museum where ceramic poppies were cascaded down the side of the building. This was a beautiful and sentimental moment for Hull.


Another reason why you should study in Hull is because it is one of the cheapest by far for cost of living, which is the music to every students’ ears. This includes independent shops and great food including vegan cafes and restaurants. With plant-based living become more of a trend, Hull embraces this and offers a range of great food at amazing prices.

Museums and History

A lot of people don’t know this but there is a lot of interesting history behind Hull and various museums you can visit for free to learn more about such as the Hull Maritime and Streetlife Museum.

“It’s never dull in Hull”.

Last but not least, I may be biased since I’m from Hull but the people are super friendly and you will be sure to feel right at home here.