Liverpool, United Kingdom
Liverpool Hope University is a university in Liverpool, England. Two of its three founding colleges were established in 1844 and 1856, the third opening in the 1960s. It is the only ecumenical university in Europe.Based on two campuses, the main campus is located in Childwall and the second campus, The Cornerstone, is located in Everton. The University has an impressive graduate employment rate and attracts students from some 65 countries worldwide.
Two of the University's founding colleges, St. Katharine's (1844) and Notre Dame (1856) were established in the 19th century. These Colleges were in Warrington and Liverpool City Centre respectively. They were supplemented on Merseyside when a second Catholic teacher education College, Christ's College, on a site adjacent to St. Katharine's, admitted its first students in 1965.
In 1980 these three Colleges joined in an ecumenical federation under the holding title of Liverpool Institute of Higher Education (LIHE). Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard wrote of this as being "a sign of hope".
In 1995 a new Instrument and Articles of Government established a single, unified, ecumenical College, and a new name - Liverpool Hope - which better reflected its role and Mission. A company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity was formed.
Meanwhile, expansion followed in both the range of degrees and in student numbers. The status of a fully accredited institution of the University of Liverpool had been achieved in 1994. This gave full responsibility to the College for the quality and standards of its course provision and provided recognition of its academic standing.
In 1998, the Accreditation Agreement with the University of Liverpool was renewed for five years and extended to cover taught postgraduate awards. After extensive scrutiny by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2001 and 2002, Liverpool Hope University College gained taught degree awarding powers in August 2002.
The application to become a University - submitted in September 2004 - was successful and the Privy Council approved the title Liverpool Hope University in July 2005, granting Hope full University status under the leadership of Professor Pillay, who is now the University's Vice-Chancellor.
On 25 January 2006, Baroness Cox, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, was installed as the University's Foundation Chancellor.
Subjects at Liverpool Hope are grouped into Deaneries. There are four Deaneries and each of the Deans is a member of the Rectorate Team (Hope's Senior Management Team).
The Deanery of Arts & Humanities is led by Dr Terry Philips. The deanery includes creative and performing arts - Music, Art, Design, Drama, Theatre Studies, Dance mainly based at Hope's Everton campus - as well as Media, English, History, Politics, Theology and Religious Studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Theology obtained a 4 in the 2001 RAE and there are research strengths in other areas of the Deanery such as English and History.
The Education Deanery, headed by Professor Jon Nixon, includes all Initial Teacher Training programmes (BA QTS and PGCE), Special Needs, Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies as well as a range of Foundation Degrees, Masters and CPD courses. There is a growing research culture within the Deanery.
The Business and Computing Deanerywhose Dean is Dr John Brinkman, contains the Liverpool Hope Business School and a variety of IT programmes. Masters programmes in Business Management and Computing are very popular, particularly with international students, as is the MBA.
The Deanery of Sciences & Social Sciences , led by Dr Penny Haughan, covers a wide range of subjects from Sport, Health and Geography to Sociology, Psychology and Criminology. There are a number of Masters programmes and areas of research strength.
Liverpool Hope University is an ecumenical Christian Foundation which strives:
* to provide opportunities for the well-rounded personal development of Christians and students from other faiths and beliefs, educating the whole person in mind, body and spirit, irrespective of age, social or ethnic origins or physical capacity, including in particular those who might otherwise not have had an opportunity to enter higher education;
* to be a national provider of a wide range of high quality programmes responsive to the needs of students, including the education, training and professional development of teachers for Church and state schools;
* to sustain an academic community, as a sign of hope, enriched by Christian values and worship, which supports teaching and learning, scholarship and research, encourages the understanding of Christian and other faiths and beliefs and promotes religious and social harmony;
* to contribute to the educational, religious, cultural, social and economic life of Liverpool, Merseyside, the North-West and beyond.
Liverpool Hope University is a recognised body with degree awarding powers as sworn in by the UK Government.
Quality of UK universities is measured through the official Government agencies, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) which consistently judged Liverpool Hope University to be of highest quality.
Liverpool Hope University's Business School, that was ranked top quality, having secured a maximum excellent rating (24 out of 24) in the UK Governments QAA inspection.
In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which is the official evaluation of the quality of research undertaken within UK higher education institutions, subject areas of Theology & Religious Studies, and Social Work & Social Policy, included work which ranked as of 4-star world leading. The subject areas of Computer Science and Informatics, Psychology, Education, English, and Music included work which ranked as 3-star internationally recognised, as was Politics and International Studies (including submissions from Business) and Drama ranked as 2*. For information on Liverpool Hope Universitys RAE submission, go to
Liverpool Hope University has a wealth of additional services and facilities to ensure that the University feels like home from the moment you arrive!
WELCOME AND ARRIVAL SERVICE Liverpool Hope University offers a special airport collection service on your arrival to the UK. You will see a smiling face as soon as your arrive!
BEAUTIFUL CAMPUSES - Liverpool Hope University is proud to offer beautiful campuses designed to inspire. To see for yourself you can take a virtual tour or visit the image galleries at
ONE STOP SUPPORT - The Gateway Building is the home of Student Services and provides a one-stop shop for your support services and well-being care, including accommodation, student finance, the Student Success Zone, counselling and health, and disability services.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WELFARE Liverpool Hope University students have a dedicated International Student Welfare Officer who is available for pre-arrival information, induction and orientation, visa advice whilst in-country, and to keep you up to date with everything that is going on at Liverpool Hope and in the city!
SPORTING FACILITIES - Hope Park Sports is a progressive sports facility complex on Hope Park campus for all exercice and sport. There are playing fields, an indoor sports arena, a gym and fitness studio. Hope Park Sports is a focal point for the Athletic Union and all sports clubs and societies including football, rugby league. hockey, badminton, cricket and basketball. Plas Caerdeon, Hopes outdoor education centre in North Wales, includes canoeing, climbing, and mountaineering and orienteering, mountain biking, riding, dry slope skiing, and dinghy sailing. For further information go to
LIBRARIES AND IT RESOURCES - The Sheppard-Worlock Library and the Cornerstone Library provides an extensive number of books and print and electronic resources. The libraries are open 24 hours in busy periods to fit around your study needs. Free wifi is available throughout the campuses and a high number of networked PCs.
PLACES OF WORSHIP - At Hope Park campus Hope Chapel is used by Christians of all traditions as the focus for the Universitys prayer and worship through the year. There is a prayer room for Islamic students with separate facilities available for men and women.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT - Career Development can provide a range of employment-related services such as careers-related guidance, employee workshops and seminars, and vacancy services including Hope Works, an initiative to help you gain part-time work on-campus.
EXECUTIVE FACILITIES FOR POSTGRADUATES - Liverpool Hope University is one of the few university's in the UK to offers its postgraduate students a dedicated study and social space. The Alexander Jones Research and Postgraduate Centre draws together the Universitys postgraduate community and other guests to share in the vibrancy of academic enquiry. The centre is equipped with a number of state-of-the-art lecture and seminar rooms, computer access points, a kitchen and common room.
Student life is a mix of scholarly activity and enjoying your new home! Liverpool Hope University offers you the opportunity to take part in an active student life, developing skills, knowledge and enjoying experiences to make your place in the world.
BE PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY When you come to Liverpool Hope University you will be joining staff and students from over 50 countries. And with the city of Liverpool being a truly global city with a mix of different cultures and communities you will have friends from across the world.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Throughout the year there are a number of extra seminar and conference programmes hosted by the University, the faculties or the departments, that are open to all students. Speakers are drawn from the University and other institutions and national and international organisations, and national and international industry. You have the opportunity to supplement your learning and extend academic connections.
ENJOY SPORTS AND SOCIAL EVENTS Hope Park Sports, the Student Union, your Halls of Residence, your Faculty and the University provide ample opportunities for sporting and social activities.
GET INVOLVED IN THE STUDENTS' UNION - Run by students for students, the Students Union is at the centre of life on campus hosting an array of student activities. There are many ways to get involved with the Students Union: by playing sport, participating in clubs and society activities, relaxing in the social areas, raising money for charity, or playing an active part in running it. For further information go to
TAKE PART IN STUDENT-LED INITIATIVES There are a number of club, groups and societies that have been initiated by students with diverse interests and cultural connections. Examples include HICOM, is the Hope International Community Across Disciplines, that encourages academic debate across the faculties, ACS is the African-Caribbean Society that brings celebrates black culture, whilst Hope Worldwide is a group of international students who work with local groups bringing together cultural programmes for the whole University. Liverpool Hope students are the cultural leaders of the future!
CONNECT TO THE CULTURAL SIDE OF THE CITY - Being a student at Liverpool Hope offers you the chance to get involved in the cultural aspects of the city. The University has strong partnerships with The Playhouse and Everyman theatres, Tate Liverpool and the Bluecoat art galleries, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), European Opera Centre and National Museums Liverpool. The University has worked on a variety of community based projects with both Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the Rotunda Community Arts Centre, and many local churches and schools.
ENTERPRISING HOPE Liverpool Hope University has strong links with industry, and even more in the emerging area of social enterprise. You can join Hope's 's Student Enterprise Society and contribute to the development of an enterprising culture on campus. Meet like-minded people and help to organise activities such as business idea competitions, seminars on how to launch your entrepreneurial ideas, talks by inspirational speakers and social events.
BE A GLOBAL LEADER - Liverpool Hope leads the way in international corporate responsibility through its global education development work. Established in 1982 Liverpool Hopes own charity, Global Hope, raises awareness of global issues through projects led by University staff and students. Yu can get involved in a number of volunteer projects locally, nationally and internationally. Since its inception, the charity has embraced a variety of partners across the globe in places as diverse as India, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Romania and Brazil.
REFLECTION Liverpool Hope University's dedicated places to worship mean you have the facilities to focus your faith.
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