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About the University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool is a public university based in the city of Liverpool, England. Founded as a college in 1881, it gained its royal charter in 1903 with the ability to award degrees and is also known to be one of the six original "red brick" civic universities. It comprises three faculties organised into 35 departments and schools. It is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the N8 Group for research collaboration and the University Management school is AACSB accredited.
Nine Nobel Prize winners are amongst its alumni and past faculty and the university offers more than 230 first degree courses across 103 subjects. It was the world's first university to establish departments in Oceanography, civic design, architecture, and biochemistry at the Johnston Laboratories. In 2006 the university became the first in the UK to establish an independent university in China making it the world's first Sino-British university. For 2014-15, Liverpool had a turnover of £480.4 million, including £102 million from research grants and contracts. It has the fifth largest endowment of any university in England.
Graduates of the University are styled with the post-nominal letters Lpool, to indicate the institution.
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
The Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool is one of UK's leading centres for health and life science research and education.
We are the only organisation of our kind to offer scientific and clinical education that spans the full range of biosciences, clinical medicine, health sciences, dentistry, veterinary science and tropical medicine. This positions us as one of the largest and most innovative educators in our field.
Our internationally renowned institutes provide the platforms for a vast array of experts to make an impact on today's health and life science challenges and thinking.
Through our partnerships with the NHS, industry and academia we also host and support numerous centres of excellence in fields ranging from drug safety and personalised medicine to zoonosis and dairy farming.
We are strongly committed to applying our research and have a proud record of improving the lives of people and animals around the world.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences is one of three Faculties that make up the University of Liverpool, the others being Health & Life Sciences and Science & Engineering.
Together we represent one of the UK's largest concentrations ofresearch expertise, with outputs that place us in the top 1% of Higher Education Research Institutions worldwide.
Specialist departments focus on research and teaching excellence in a variety of subject areas, while pursuing innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues across the University, city and world.
Fuelled by our research, our undergraduate and postgraduateteaching programmes welcome high calibre students from around the world. We aim to inspire and equip them all for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Science and Engineering is one of three Faculties that make up the University of Liverpool, a Russell Group member rated in the World's top 1% of Higher Education Research institutions.
History of the University of Liverpool
University College Liverpool
The University was established in 1881 as University College Liverpool, admitting its first students in 1882. In 1884, it became part of the federal Victoria University. In 1894 Oliver Lodge, a professor at the University, made the world's first public radio transmissionand two years later took the first surgical X-ray in the United Kingdom. The Liverpool University Press was founded in 1899, making it the third oldest university press in England. Students in this period were awarded external degrees by the University of London.
Following a Royal Charter and Act of Parliament in 1903, it became an independent university with the right to confer its own degrees called the University of Liverpool. The next few years saw major developments at the university, including Sir Charles Sherrington's discovery of thesynapse and William Blair-Bell's work on chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer. In the 1930s to 1940s Sir James Chadwick and Sir Joseph Rotblat made major contributions to the development of the atomic bomb. From 1943 to 1966 Allan Downie, Professor of Bacteriology, was involved in the eradication of smallpox.
In 1994 the university was a founding member of the Russell Group, a collaboration of twenty leading research-intensive universities, as well as a founding member of the N8 Group in 2004. In the 21st century physicists, engineers and technicians from the University of Liverpool were involved in the construction of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, working on two of the four detectors in the LHC.
The university has produced nine Nobel Prize winners, from the fields of science, medicine, economics and peace. The Nobel laureates include the physician Sir Ronald Ross, physicistCharles Barkla, the physiologist Sir Charles Sherrington, physicist Sir James Chadwick, chemist Sir Robert Robinson, chemist Har Gobind Khorana, physiologist Rodney Porter, economist Ronald Coase and physicist Joseph Rotblat. Sir Ronald Ross was also the first British Nobel laureate in 1902. The University is also associated with Professors Ronald Finn and Sir Cyril Clarke who jointly won the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in 1980 and Sir David Weatherall who won the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science in 2010. These Lasker Awards are popularly known as America's Nobels.
Over the 2013/2014 academic year, members of staff took part in numerous strikes as a result of rises after staff were offered a pay rise of 1% which unions equated to a 13% pay cut since 2008. The strikes were supported by both the university's Guild of Students and the National Union of Students. Some students at the university supported the strike, occupying buildings on campus.
- Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Privy Council
- Year of first Accreditation - 1903
- In the Complete University Guide 2013, published in The Independent, the University of Liverpool was ranked 31st out of 124, based on nine measures,
- The Times Good University Guide 2008 ranked Liverpool 34th out of 113 universities.
- The Sunday Timesuniversity guide recently ranked the University of Liverpool 27th out of 123.
- In 2010, The Sunday Times has ranked University of Liverpool 29th of 122 institutions nationwide.
- In 2008 the THE-QS World University Rankings rated University of Liverpool 99th best in the world, and 137th best worldwide in 2009.
- In 2011 the QS World University Rankings ranked the university in 123rd place, up 14.
- In the Times Good University Guide 2013, the University of Liverpool was ranked 29th.
- The Research Excellence Framework for 2014 has confirmed the University of Liverpool's reputation for internationally outstanding research. Chemistry, Computer Science, General Engineering, Archaeology, Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science, Architecture, Clinical Medicine, and English, are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research excellence rated as 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent), and also performed particularly well in terms of the impact of their research.
- The Computer Science department was ranked 1st in UK for 4* and 3* research, with 97% of the research being rated as world-leading or internationally excellent – the highest proportion of any computer science department in the UK.
- The Chemistry department was also ranked 1st in the UK with 99% of its research rated as 4* world leading or 3* internationally excellent
Services of the University of Liverpool
The university offers a wide selection of accommodation that are on campus as well as student villages off campus. As part of a £660 million investment in campus facilities and student experience, the university has built 3 new on campus halls, while refurbishing existing accommodation. The accommodation offered currently by the university are listed below:
- Crown Place
- Philharmonic Court
- Vine Court
- Dover Court
- Mulberry Court
- Tudor Close
- Melville Grove
Carnatic Student Village
- Lady Mountford House
- Morton House
- Rankin Hall
- Salisbury Hall
- McNair Hall
Greenbank Student Village
- Roscoe & Gladstone Halls
The University of Liverpool has a proud sporting tradition and has many premier teams in a variety of sports. The current sporting project comes under the title of Sport Liverpool and offers nearly 50 different sports ranging from football, rugby, cricket and hockey to others such as windsurfing, lacrosse and cheerleading.
Many of the sports have both male and female teams and most are involved in competition on a national scale. BUCS is the body which organises national university competitions involving 154 institutions in 47 sports. Most sports involve travelling to various locations across the country, mainly on Wednesday afternoons.
Two other prominent competitions are the Christie Championships and the Varsity Cup. The Christie Cup is an inter-university competition between Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester. The Varsity Cup is a popular "derby" event between Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool.
Why the University of Liverpool?
Worldwide reputation for excellence
- We are ranked joint 10-17 in the UK (Academic Ranking of World Universities – Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Education)
- A rich heritage stretching back to 1881
- We are a member of the Russell Group (the prestigious association of the top 24 UK research-led universities)
- We have pioneering global partnerships offering distinctive opportunities to study abroad or to study a University of Liverpool degree in Liverpool, London, China, Singapore or online
- We are the original ‘redbrick’ University and are associated with nine Nobel Prize winners
- We are internationally renowned for our teaching and research in the professions, including Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Business and Engineering.
Outstanding student experience
- Personalised and supported entrance into the UK for international students
- Wide range of scholarships for international students
- One of the most cost effective student cities in the UK
- Competitive tuition fees
- Compact campus at the heart of a safe city
- Our student:staff ratio is the 9th best in the UK and the 7th best in the Russell Group (Guardian University Guide)
Internationally recognised research
- Liverpool is in the top 1% of universities worldwide
- Our research power is ranked 20th in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) with seven subject areas in the top 10.
University campus in a world-famous city
- Liverpool’s impressive waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Home of Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs and the Beatles
- Liverpool is 3rd in the Rough Guides list of top 10 destination cities in the world 2014
- Liverpool was voted 4th in the top 10 must visit destinations in TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice awards for ‘Destinations on the Rise 2015’.
Great career prospects
- 83.4% of international graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating
- Dedicated career advice for international students
- 80% of careers service users rated their experiences as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’
- Award-winning Careers & Employability Service