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Universities in Liverpool Liverpool is home to three top-class universities and a pulsating nightlife, so it’s no wonder the city has a student population of a whopping 50,000.

Founded in 1881 as University College Liverpool, the University of Liverpool [map] was one of the first civic universities, recruiting notable scholars and winning generous financial support from the start.

A high number of the original 45 students came from Merseyside, with scholarships and fellowships being provided for poor yet able students.

The university grew quickly, and the famous Victoria Building, the original 'redbrick' designed by Alfred Waterhouse, was opened in 1892. In 1903 the university was granted a charter and became the University of Liverpool.

During World War I, 1673 staff, students and former students served their country but more than 200 of them never returned.

Over the years the university has grown considerably with the University Precinct being built in 1949, then in the 1960s an extension to the Students’ Union, the sports centre and halls of residence was built.

In 2002 the new £9 million Management School opened its doors for the first time, while in 2003, during its centenary year, the £25 million Biosciences Centre opened.

Today, the University has more than 230 courses on offer covering 103 subjects and more than 19,000 registered students.

Located in the city centre and out at Mount Pleasant, Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) began life as a small mechanics institution (the Liverpool Mechanics’ School of Arts). It grew over the centuries through the merging of different colleges and eventually became the Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992 it became one of the UK’s new generation universities.

JMU, which took its name from Sir John Moores the founder of the Littlewoods shopping empire, has more than 25,000 students studying more than 200 courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The University has also played a vital role in the cultural renaissance of Liverpool and, together with other educational establishments, has taken an active part in the regeneration of the city.

As well as being situated in the birth town of the Beatles, JMU has other showbiz connections with both film director Steven Spielberg and England footballer Michael Owen among its celebrity guest lecturers.

Liverpool Hope University College is the city’s newest university, although its history stretches back over a century and a half.

In the beginning the Church of England Diocese of Chester and the Roman Catholic Sisters of Notre Dame, established separate teacher education colleges for women. These Colleges (St Katharine's and Notre Dame) were in Warrington and Liverpool city centre, and were supplemented on Merseyside when a second Catholic teacher education college, Christ's College, opened in 1965.

In 1980 these three colleges joined together to become the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education before being given the new name of Liverpool Hope in 1995.

Then in July 2000 the university was given the power to teach its own courses at degree level, and today there are more than 6,000 students learning at Hope.

University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3BX
+44 (0) 151 794 2000
www.liv.ac.uk


Liverpool John Moores University
+44 (0)151 231 2121
www.livjm.ac.uk

Liverpool Hope University College
www.hope.ac.uk

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