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Established in 1881, the University of Liverpool is part of the Russell Group. Originally founded as University College Liverpool, the University was recognised as an independent entity in 1903.
From 45 students in 1882, the University of Liverpool has grown into one of UK’s top higher education institutions, with a population of over 20,000 students enrolled in 400-plus programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The university is divided into three core faculties: Health and Life Sciences; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science and Engineering. These faculties are further classified into 35 academic departments and schools. The University of Liverpool is particularly well-known for its excellent academic outputs in medicine, business, law, dentistry and veterinary science.
One of the University of Liverpool’s claims to fame is that it has produced nine Nobel Prize winners. It also has over 800 honorary graduates, including Sir Winston Churchill, Sir David Attenborough, Yoko Ono, Elvis Costello and Jane Goodall.
Other celebrated and popular personalities who count the University of Liverpool as their alma mater include: creator of Hollyoaks and Grange Hill, Phil Redmond; Channel Four’s Jon Snow (law student rusticated from the University in 1970 for the student occupation of Senate House); highly regarded literary critic Frank Kermode; Sanjay Jha co-CEO of Motorola; Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy; and Nick Grimshaw.
The University of Liverpool occupies 100 acres in the heart of Liverpool. Liverpool was once a major international trading post, handling forty per cent of total world trade. Now perhaps, it’s more famous for its WAGs and well-groomed scousers, reflected in the city’s thriving shopping and café culture. But, if anything, Liverpool will forever be known as the birthplace of the Beatles.
Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is home to fantastic museums and galleries and the stunning Liverpool Waterfront. With two premier league football clubs in the city, Liverpool and Everton, scousers are football mad and pretty proud of their city.
The University of Liverpool has two campuses: the main campus within Liverpool city and the School of Veterinary Science occupies Leahurst campus in the Wirral Peninsula.
The main campus houses the famous Victoria Building (its red bricks said to be the origin of the term “redbrick university”), 69 lecture halls, 190-plus teaching spaces and several state-of-the-art research and learning centres.
The two main libraries, Harold Cohen and Sydney Jones, are open around-the-clock and stock a humongous collection of print and electronic resources. Other campus hubs include the Liverpool Guild of Students’ union building with cafes, stores, sports facilities and gallery.
Most first year undergraduates at the University of Liverpool are guaranteed a place in university accommodation. Room choices include standard study bedrooms (shared bathrooms and kitchens); en-suite rooms and single and double flats/bedsits.
There are eight halls of residence located on two major sites off-campus: Carnatic and Greenbank. They are three miles away from the city centre; the Carnatic site lies in the Mossley Hill area, close to the University’s outdoor sports complex at Wyncote.
The Carnatic site houses six residences: Dale Hall, Lady Mountford House, McNair Hall, Morton House, Rankin Hall and Salisbury Hall. Dale Hall offers catered accommodation, while the rest are self-catered. Greenbank has two residences: Derby and Rathbone Hall and Roscoe and Gladstone Hall. Both halls offer catered and self-catered accommodation.
There are also on-campus, self-catering halls of residence. The four halls, Melville Grove, Mulberry Court, Philharmonic Court and Prospect Point, are more suitable for current students, postgraduates and undergraduates with families.
Weekly charges for catered accommodation are around £114 to £129; while self-catered accommodation rates range from £82 to £117 a week.
For those who want to rent privately, Liverpool Student Homes (LSH) is a shared listing service operated by the three universities located in Liverpool and the respective student unions. 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.
The University of Liverpool will be charging £9,000 in tuition fees in 2012/13. This might seem like a lot, but the government will provide you with a loan to cover the cost of the tuition fees and you’ll only start to repay the loan once you’ve left university and are earning over £21,000.
The University of Liverpool estimates that students 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.
A student card will give you access to local and national discounts and the University of Liverpool has a Financial Support Team to help you manage your finances and work out how to survive on a limited budget.
There’s plenty of financial assistance available at the University of Liverpool. For 2012-13, the University of Liverpool will be offering the Liverpool Bursary to students with a residual income of less than £35,000. Undergraduates with family incomes between £25,001 and £35,000 are eligible for a fee waiver or cash award of £1,000 for every year of study.
Those undergraduates with family incomes below £25,000 will be eligible for £3,000 for their first year of study (£2000 waiver on tuition fees and £1,000 cash award) and £2,000 for the next two years.
30 scholarships worth £1,000 under the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarships Scheme will be available for students undertaking a programme in a science, technology, engineering or maths subject and with a household income of less than £20,817 a year.
There’s a sports scholarship fund and the University of Liverpool also runs the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship scheme offering scholarships based on financial need, academic merit, and the candidates demonstrating an interest in global and environmental issues. The Hillsborough Trust Fund is there to aid students from low incomes households who reside in Merseyside, whilst the University of Liverpool’s academic departments also offer some scholarships.
Liverpool has a nightlife befitting of a Northern city: exciting, varied and plenty of it. Recently, a Trip Advisor poll placed Liverpool above Manchester and London for nightlife. Concert Square is the main nightlife hotspot. Just up the road from Concert Square, venues on Slater Street, Seel Street and Hardman Street all cater well for students.
Beer is quite cheap in both locations: starting at £1.40 on campus and around £2.50 in the city centre. A special mention must be made for The Augustus John (listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide), the only licensed public house operated by the Hospitality Liverpool team. The pub sells five varieties of in-house ales and a rotation of beers from local and national microbreweries.
The Liverpool Guild of Students runs the Saro Wiwa bar and Mountford Hall. The Saro Wiwa sells a range of food, alcohol and has a table football and a Nintendo Wii. It’s also the venue of various themed events throughout the year. Mountford Hall is the place to go on campus for live music, with past acts including Bombay Bicycle Club, James Morrison and You and Me at Six.
Annual black-tie events include The Graduation Ball and an after party with several well-known DJs and local music groups, casino tables, roving photographers and open bar until 3am with wallet-friendly drinks offers.
The University of Liverpool embraces the sporting life, by way of Club Liverpool (a collection of 40-plus sports clubs), a dedicated and proactive Athletic Union, active participation in the BUCS league and Varsity Cup games with Liverpool John Moores. There’s an an internal league (Campus Sport) for basketball, mixed hockey, men’s 11-a-side football, women’s 7-a-side football and 15-a-side rugby.
Sporting infrastructure includes: the Sport and Fitness Centre with first-class equipment and amenities; a second gym in the Greenbank site; and an outdoor sports complex at Wyncote with artificial and grass pitches for football, hockey and rugby, a lacrosse pitch, multi-surface tennis courts and netball courts.
An 18-person, basic accommodation chalet in Snowdonia National Park is open to students all year round. It offers students the chance to take part in sporting activities that come naturally in a hilly and natural reserve area such as climbing, trekking and canoeing.
The Guild offers over 150 clubs and societies, covering arts, culture, entertainment, history, politics, language, and religion. Students can also get involved with various media outlets such as LSRadio (formerly Icon Radio), LSMedia Online Newspaper and GuildTV.
The Welcome Week provides a chance for new students to find their feet at university and meet other likeminded people. Inductions and orientations will help students find their way around the University of Liverpool’s campus and facilities.
Popular events during the week include a Welcome Fair, which is a chance to find out about the various clubs and societies on offer and pick up freebies and goodies from local businesses.
This is also an opportunity to buy single or multiple entry tickets for Welcome Week events on campus and across the city, as well as gain entry to the biggest event of the week: the Welcome Party.
The University of Liverpool’s Careers & Employability Service is there to help students and graduates land that first job after university. They run a Careers Resource Centre which has up-to-date information on occupations, employers, job seeking strategies and the like.
One-to-one guidance, mock interviews and placement support are also provided as are careers seminars, employer events and a vacancies service.