Liverpool, University of
Thursday 31 July 2014
Overall ranking: Came 31st out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.
History: One of the first civic universities, Liverpool's history dates back to 1881 and the establishment of University College Liverpool. Its iconic Victoria Building- which is still at the heart of the campus today- inspired the term 'redbrick university'. The college attracted pioneers of the time including Professor Oliver Lodge who made the world's first public radio transmission in 1894 and demonstrated the first use of the x-ray for surgical purposes two years later. Received its Charter in 1903 and quickly established itself as a world-leader in research- over the next 100 years nine Nobel Laureates would pass through its doors.
Address: Ten minutes from Liverpool's city centre with a veterinary teaching campus out on the Wirral.
Ambience: Lively and friendly. European Capital of Culture for 2008. Birthplace of Gladstone and The Beatles, Liverpool was once a bustling port where merchants made their fortunes from the empire. Grand Victorian houses remain alongside plenty of history and culture; Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Walker and Tate Galleries. The university has a new headquarters, the Foundation Building, which houses a one-stop shop for student services, including fee payment, help with administrative issues, advice and support.
Who's the boss? Professor Sir Howard Newby is vice-chancellor and a former president of Universities UK.
Prospectus: Request one here.
UCAS code: L41
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Requirements depend on the course but applicants with non-traditional qualifications or experience are encouraged to apply. To give you an idea: BSc Geography asks for ABB, Physics needs AAB, and History wants AAA.
Vital statistics: The original red-brick university. Big for an urban campus and spread over 100 acres. One of the big civics with 30,000 students and 1,300 leading researchers. Churns out a high proportion of professionals: doctors, dentists, vets, lawyers, architects, town planners and engineers. One of 24 Russell Group universities dedicated to the highest levels of academic excellence in teaching and research.
Added value: Noted for Irish studies, Latin American studies, tropical medicine, veterinary science and a number of newer courses including graduate entry medicine, avionic systems with pilot studies and wireless communications and 3G technologies. The university is involved in a wide variety of high-profile research and business support projects and has more than 400 industry partners. For every £1m of output in the university, a further £500,000 is generated in industries across the north-west of the UK. Liverpool is investing £600m into its facilities, including a £250m redevelopment of its student accommodation. £25m has been spent on state-of-the-art teaching laboratories that opened in 2012 and £8m has improved the learning environment on the South Campus.
Teaching: Came 73rd out of 123 for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide.
Graduate prospects: Ranked 37th out of 123 with 71.2 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? Catered rooms start from £131.25 per week while self-catered is a cheaper option and starts from £115.85 per week. Ensuites and large rooms are available for a higher price, starting at £130.20.
Cheap to live there? Extremely. Rents in the private sector are around £65 per week.
Transport links: Good for trains and coaches but not brilliant for cyclists. Motorways on the doorstep with the main railway station ten minutes from the campus. John Lennon Airport is expanding and you can get cheap flights with Easyjet. The university and its halls are serviced by frequent buses.
Fees: £9,000 per year for full-time home undergrads starting in September 2014. Some courses are run by NHS funding so are likely to be cheaper.
Bursaries: Students paying full tuition fees with an annual household income under £25,000 are entitled to the Liverpool Bursary of £2,000 for each year of study. There are a number of scholarships available of up to £3,000 a year for sporty students also. See here for more details.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Liverpool groans with pubs, clubs and café-bars. There are a multitude of cinemas and theatres. The university campus alone has ten bars, two theatres and several concert venues, including Mountford Hall with its 1,500 capacity.
Price of a pint: For a big city, drinks aren't too expensive. A pint of lager will set you back just over £2.60.
Sporting reputation: Ranked 33rd in the BUCS league for 2013-14.
Notable societies: Strong on student media, dance and theatre groups. Plus a circus society for learning skills you never even knew existed!
Glittering alumni: Writer Clive Barker; Peter Kilfoyle, Labour MP; Phil Redmond, creator of Grange Hill and Brookside; Jon Snow of Channel 4 News; Patricia Routledge of Keeping Up Appearances; Philip Clarke, CEO of Tesco.
Alternative prospectus: Ask current students all your burning questions in The Student Room's forum for the University of Liverpool here.
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