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Liverpool Hope University
Liverpool Hope University, based in Liverpool, England, is the only ecumenical university in Europe with its ethos shaped by Christian principles open to those of all faiths and none. It offers excellent academic standards along with extensive pastoral care and a close-knit community.
The city of Liverpool offers world famous architecture, magnificent museums and a vibrant music scene, and through festivals, sporting attractions and innovative art it's a hub of creativity. Home to more than 50,000 students, Liverpool has been voted the friendliest city in England and the fouth friendliest in the world (Rough Guides Poll, 2014) and is the second safest city in the UK.
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
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Liverpool Hope’s main campus, Hope Park, is an educational village situated in a pleasant suburb of Liverpool called Childwell, just four miles from the city centre. Hope Park offers excellent facilities in beautiful surroundings and a warm student welcome. Investment of more than £50 million has been made in new buildings at Hope Park, so traditional architecture now sits beside contemporary buildings and facilities. Work on the new £8.5 million Science Building is currently underway and it will house a combination of laboratory space, sports and exercise science facilities, classrooms and social spaces, with specialist laboratories dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with earth sciences laboratories. The Sheppard-Worlock Library is the university's central library, located in the Hope Park campus.
The Creative Campus is located near Everton, is less than a mile away from Liverpool's main train station, Liverpool Lime Street, and is the home of the University's creative and performing arts subjects. The University has invested over £20 million in this campus, which includes two theatres, three dance studios, a music technology laboratory, a recording studio, and studios for painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics, metal and textiles.
Two of the university's founding colleges - St. Katharine's and Notre Dame - were established in the 19th century in the cities of Warrington and Liverpool respectively. In 1980, these colleges joined an ecumenical federation under the title Liverpool Institute of Higher Education (LIHE) which Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard noted as "a sign of hope". In July 2005, the Institute was approved the title "Liverpool Hope University" and full university status, and by 2009 it was granted Research Degree Awarding Powers.
Departments & Faculties
Arts and Humanities
- Liverpool Hope Business School
- Drama, Dance and Performance Studies
- Fine and Applied Art
- History and Politics
- Media and Communication
- Social Work, Care and Justice
- Social Science
- Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Disability and Education
- Early Childhood
- Education Studies
- Teacher Education
- Geography and Environmental Science
- Health Sciences
- Mathematics and Computer Science
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than a third of research produced at Liverpool Hope was rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), a three-fold improvement since 2008. The Times Higher Education’s analysis of the REF has also ranked the University fourth in the NorthWest for research intensity just below Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool.
International & Industrial Opportunities
Liverpool Hope encourages all students to study abroad during their degree with a significant number of partnerships with other universities around the world, particularly in North America and Europe, and you'll have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester as an optional part of your degree.
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
New students who have a minimum of AAA at A-Level or D*D*D* at BTEC are automatically admitted for the Academic Excellence Scholarship which offers £3,000 over your degree.
The Foundation Scholarship of £500 per year is available to students of Liverpool Hope's partner/church schools and colleges. There is no application process, but the schools are asked to make a list of suitable candidates.
The Performance Scholarship of up to £1,000 on commencement of study, is available to students performing in Dance, Drama, Music or Sport at a National or International level. On applying to Liverpool Hope you must also fill in a separate application form listing your skills and achievements.
The Dean's List Scholarship of £1,000 on commencement of Year 2 and Year 3 is available to students not in receipt of an Excellence Scholarship but who are in the top 20 performing students in Year 1 and Year 2. There is no application process and the University will contact successful students.
Students have a wide range of study environments and resources to choose from, including the Sheppard-Worlock and Creative Campus Libraries and several Learning Spaces across the campuses.
The Sheppard-Worlock Library contains a core print collection of more than 310,000 items alongside a print journal archive and subject-specific collections. There has also been a substantial investment in full text online resources including e-journals, e-books and databases, most of which can be accessed both on and off campus. The Library has: relaxed spaces for students to study; group work spaces with screens that students can link their laptop to for practising presentations and sharing work; specially designed PC workstations to maximise working areas with room for students books and papers; dedicated silent study areas and quiet spaces for reading with wi-fi access for laptops and other devices; and Chapters café, serving drinks and snacks.
The Library also provides peer academic writing support from experienced students to help you improve and develop your writing skills and adapt to the different writing tasks and assignments you'll be producing. Support is available one-to-one, through workshops and a set of online resources developed by mentors.
The University has recently invested £20 million in the Creative Campus. Home to creative and performing arts subjects, the campus offers state-of-the-art facilities include two theatres, three dance studios, a music technology laboratory, a recording studio, and studios for painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics, metal and textiles.
Home to the University's Music Department the Capstone Building boasts The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope's state-of-the-art 260 seat performance space, engineered to be acoustically perfect and housing a Steinway D Grand Piano, often described as the best piano in the world. Home to the University's Drama, Dance and Performance Studies, and Fine and Applied Art, the Cornerstone Building boasts The Cornerstone Gallery which supplements the student experience via a series of contemporary sty exhibitions and the impressive Great Hall, a stunning example of open space suitable for a multitude of events, including student exhibitions and guest lectures.
The sports centre at Hope Park includes the Strive Fitness Suite with gym equipment and exercise machines, squash courts and Astro Turf playing fields. There are also fi tness classes available.
Students at the University are represented by Liverpool Hope Students' Union with 74 student clubs and societies for you to get involved in. Based in Our Place on the Hope Park campus, the Students' Union houses a pizza restaurant, and a coffee and bar area, as well as an auditorium where comedy nights, live music and other social events are held.
The University encourages students to seek out opportunities for volunteering and join the Liverpool Hope Service and Leadership Award (SALA). This award is an extra-curricular programme designed to recognise the value of voluntary work with the hours that students dedicate to volunteering being converted into credits towards the award. To receive the award students will also have to attend training in health and safety, leadership, and diversity and equality before producing a journal of their experience.
As part of the SALA students are also given the opportunity to volunteer in developing countries throughout the world through Global Hope. This charity supports a range of educational communities in places including India, Sri Lanka, Malawi, South Africa, Brazil and Uganda. Teams of students and staff travel to these countries to work on specific projects which could see you, for example, working in a school or orphanage alongside local staff.
Religion & Spirituality
The Chaplaincy team at Liverpool Hope represents the Christian ethos of a university that is fully Anglican, fully Catholic and fully Ecumenical. The Chaplains are from different Christian denominations, and serve staff and students in line with the University’s motto of Faith, Hope and Love. Every Monday the Chaplaincy team serves a £1 lunch - an ideal way to get to know more about the varied events that take place each week - while the Chaplaincy Base is a welcoming and vibrant space where you can meet new people and feel at home. The Hope Chapel is available to students 24/7 and offers support through daily community prayers.
Health & Wellbeing
Students at the University are strongly advised all students to register with the on-campus GP during the first week of term.
The University provides a professional and confidential counselling service to help you with any personal issues that may be affecting your studies, self-esteem, relationships, and emotional or general feelings of well-being. Students can explore their issues with a counsellor who can offer some immediate insights and coping strategies, as well as suggesting possible ways forward.
The University works with disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability, and takes reasonable steps to meet both the general need for access and the specific requirements of individuals with additional support needs.
The Careers and Employability Hub help makes Liverpool Hope students and graduates more attractive to employers, through a focus on work-related learning, work experience and professional development. They offer part-time, paid job opportunities available on campus from positions in catering to project work with academic departments through Hope Works; work-related learning and work experience opportunities; graduate vacancies including internships and graduate schemes; careers and employability-related events and workshops; and employer-led presentations and workshops.
For those looking to set up their own business after graduation, Hope Business Gateway offers a wide range of support to encourage entrepreneurship to students. Young Enterprise is currently offered as part of the curriculum for Business School students whilst students can also gain practical support, including signposting to relevant agencies, linking to business mentors and incubation space.
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Liverpool Hope student rooms are conveniently located at one of the University’s two main teaching sites; Hope Park and the Creative Campus. Along with the popular residential campus of Aigburth Park Student Village, there’s a total of 1,200 rooms available. Every first year student is guaranteed a place in Halls and all rooms include; access to a common room; a launderette; unlimited internet access; 24 hour security; and the support of a Resident Tutor who provides learning support and pastoral advice and guidance, and organises social events such as dining-in nights, which are included in accommodation fees and a great way to meet new people.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, the University asks for IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and no individual score lower than 5.5.
Liverpool Hope is a popular University with over 500 international students currently studying from over 60 countries worldwide. The University's International Unit is available to assist students throughout the application process and help ensure their time at the University is successful and enjoyable whilst the International Student Support Team can advise you on a range of issues that may affect you during your stay, such as how to register with a doctor, open a bank account, seek medical advice or find part-time/voluntary work. Liverpool Hope also offers a programme of cultural and social events and trips throughout the year.