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Liverpool Hope University has its roots in the mid-nineteenth century and the foundation of the Anglican St Katherine's teacher training college. This merged with two catholic colleges to form the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, before becoming Liverpool Hope in the 1990s and gaining full university status in 2005. Although it retains a strong Christian identity to this day and is the only ecumenical university in Europe, Liverpool Hope University embraces those from other faiths too.
Although Liverpool Hope stays true to its roots with a strong teacher-training offering, business, sport studies, psychology and performing arts are also areas in which the University excels. Liverpool Hope’s student body comprises around 4,500 full-time undergraduates. A third of the undergrads are over 21 and another third of its students are part-time. The University has a strong Irish community, no doubt as a result of the city's links with the Emerald Isle.
Alumni have a local flavour: Lord Alton of Liverpool; playwright Willy Russell; Lord Mayor of Liverpool and former council leader Mike Storey CBE; and athlete Diane Allahgreen all studied here.
Liverpool is one of the UK's most exciting cities. Located in the north west of England, the city is synonymous with the ship-building trade, well known for its historic docks, the famous Liver building and the warmth of its inhabitants, affectionately known as “Scousers”. This is the city that gave birth to Beatlemania, formed the epicentre of the musical revolution that took place in Britain in the 60s and remains one of the best cities for students to live and study anywhere in the country.
The main Hope Park campus is in the Childwall district of the city, three miles from Liverpool city centre. The Creative Campus, home to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, is in Everton, a short walk from the city centre. Since gaining University status, Hope has invested heavily in its facilities, including the £13m Capstone centre for music, performance and innovation and the Eden Building, Liverpool Hope's new centre for Education.
Liverpool Hope University has over 1,200 rooms across Teresa, Newman, Wesley, Angela, Austin, Allen, St Michael’s and St Julie’s Halls for both first year, second and third year students. The halls are split between the main Hope Park, Aigburth Park and Creative Campuses and are arranged either in flats with communal kitchens or as single rooms. There is single or mixed gender accommodation and a mixture of en-suite bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. Room prices range between £78 and £104 per week including bills.
For those who want to rent privately, Liverpool Student Homes (LSH) is a shared listing service operated by the three universities located in Liverpool. Average weekly rents are as low as £54 to £80 in Sefton Park, Allerton, Mossley Hill, Childwall and surrounding areas, increasing to £93 or more in and around the city centre.
Liverpool Hope University will charge tuition fees of £8,250 per year in 2012/13 for full time UK undergraduates. This might seem like a steep investment, but you can get a loan from the government to cover your tuition fees and you’ll only start to repay the loan once you are earning over £21,000. For more information, read our tuition fee guide.
Liverpool is a great place to live and, for a city, it offers very student-friendly prices. The average weekly private rent costs around £65 and you'll find the usual selection of supermarkets and essential outlets to make your money go further.
Roughly, you will need to budget between £5,000 and £7,000 a year in living expenses. Obviously this is only an estimate and living expenses with vary student to student.
As part of the National Scholarship Programme, Liverpool Hope University has been allocated 65 scholarships of £3,000 each by the government for 2012/13 entrants. This total of £195,000 will be matched by the University meaning that each scholarship will be worth £6,000 in total. Details of the eligibility criteria have yet to be published, but you can find more information here.
There are also four other scholarship awards based on academic performance of prospective undergraduates: an Excellence award worth £5,000, a £1,000 Performance scholarship for music and drama students and a £500 Foundation scholarship for students from partner schools.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a city with a more impressive musical and entertainment heritage than Liverpool. The city remains one of the liveliest nights out anywhere in the UK with most of the city's main clubs only a short walk from each other. You'll have easy access to every kind of conceivable club, playing a mixture of house, techno, RnB, indie and cheese, all in and around concert square in the city centre.
Liverpool Hope Students’ Union is based at the main Hope Park campus and they put on events throughout the year, including regular DJ slots, comedy nights and a film club, but the city centre often lures many an undergraduate away from Childwall and into the hustle and bustle of town.
There are a passionate and competitive group of sport clubs run by the Hope SU. Most are traditional UK sports, like football, netball, rugby, hockey and cricket. Thanks in part to the large Irish student population, there are also Gaelic games on offer too.
The SU also runs over twenty societies, from performance groups like Cheerleading and Show Choir, to political and subject-based groups.
Liverpool Hope SU organises a yearly Freshers’ Fair for undergraduates to explore the variety of clubs and societies that Liverpool Hope University has to offer. Students converge on Hope Park Campus from Aigburth Park and the Creative Campus, and the college lays on a free bus to Hope Park and the city centre during Freshers’ Week.
The Students’ Union hosts themed parties in the city’s various clubs, film marathons, visits to the theatre and pizza nights. Just make sure you bring plenty of fancy dress…
The Careers Service at Liverpool Hope University offers plenty of guidance to help you on the way to a successful graduate career. They run one-to-one guidance sessions, career workshops, career fairs and employer presentations.