Liverpool Hope University

 

History: Roots lie in three teacher-training colleges. The Anglican, St. Katharine's College opened in 1844, and the Catholic, Notre Dame College and Christ's College followed in 1856 and 1965 respectively. In 1980, the colleges combined to form Liverpool Institute of Higher Education which then became Liverpool Hope in 1995. Hope won the right to use the university college title in 2003 and became a university in 2005.

Address: The main campus, Hope Park in Childwall, is three miles from Liverpool city centre. The Creative Campus, home to the faculty of arts and humanities, is a short walk from the city centreat the junction of Islington and Shaw Street.

Ambience: A close-knit university with a strong Christian ethic: students study in one of four faculties. The only ecumenical university in Europe, Hope Park is a leafy 30-acre landscaped campus, with a mix of building styles. The grade two listed Cornerstone building, at the Creative Campus is an imposing example of 19th century architecture transformed by an award-winning and sensitive restoration into a 21st century centre for learning. The size of the university allows for a real community feel amongst the students.

Who's the boss? Professor Gerald J Pillay is the university's first ever vice-chancellor and rector. He was born in the former British colony of Natal in South Africa but is a citizen of New Zealand.

Prospectus: 0151 291 3111 or visit the website here.

UCAS code: L46

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Offers range from between 260 to 300 UCAS points depending on programme, although all BAs ask for at least 300 points.

Vital statistics: A small university with around 4,500 full-time undergrads, over 2,000 part-timers and around 1,700 postgrads. Almost a third of the undergrads are over 21, and there's a strong Irish contingent. Teacher-training is strong, as are business, sport studies, psychology and performing arts.

Added value: £20m investments in the creative and performing arts campus recently. The Gateway to Hope building, dedicated to student services, opened in June 2007. The Capstone opened in 2010 - a £7.5m development housing the Hope Theatre which boasts 'perfect' acoustics. Libraries on each site, plus two theatres, three dance studios, a music tech lab and a recording studio on the Creative campus.

Teaching: Scored 76 per cent during a research study conducted in 2012 and recorded by What Uni?. Plas Caerdeon Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales has flexible, modular courses.

Research: Although lowly ranked on the wider research front, 88 per cent of students felt satisfied with their research facilities in the 2011/12 academic year.

Any accommodation? Yes - accommodation costs between £3,132 and £4,048 per year depending on the type and location of room.

Cheap to live there? Wallet-friendly - local rents average £65 per week.

Transport links: Easy access to M62 and airport; good for trains, coaches and ferries. A bus shuttles between the two main university sites.

Fees: Full-time undergraduate courses cost £9,000 per year - the maximum tuition fee.

Bursaries: A means-tested bursary of £500 per year is available to full-time home undergrads who have a annual family income of less than £39,333. There are also a number of scholarships based on excellence in academia, sport and performing arts, and one for students from partner schools and colleges. For more details, visit the website.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Bars on campus, DJs, comedy nights and film club. Smithdown Road where many students live is a popular spot, while you’re spoilt for choice in the city centre. The students' union is open to all students, who can join clubs and societies.

Sporting reputation: Ranked 114th in the BUCS league table for 2012/13. Hope Park Sports complex with fitness classes, a floodlit astro pitch, grass pitches, squash courts, an indoor arena and fitness studio.

Glittering alumni: Lord Alton of Liverpool; playwright Willy Russell; Lord Mayor of Liverpool and former council leader Mike Storey CBE; athlete Diane Allahgreen.

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