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
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
Today, the University has more than 230 courses on offer
covering 103 subjects and more than 19,000 registered
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
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.
|The University of Liverpool,
Liverpool, L69 3BX
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