Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

Infobox University
name = Liverpool Hope University

image_size = 166px
motto = Taken from "1 Corinthians 13:13" - Koine Greek
(In Faith, Hope and Love)
established = 1844; achieved University status 2005
city = Liverpool
country = UK
campus = Hope Park, Childwall & The Cornerstone, City Centre
chancellor = Baroness Cox
vice_chancellor = Prof Gerald J. Pillay
students = 7,885cite web|url=|title= Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07|accessdate= 2008-04-10|format= Microsoft Excel spreadsheet|publisher= Higher Education Statistics Agency]
undergrad = 6,190
postgrad = 1,675
other = 20 FE
website =
colours = White, Black, Red

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. [cite web|url =|title = Liverpool Hope - Europe's only ecumenical university - is resisting the urge to expand|accessdate = 2007-08-08|last = Hodges|first = Lucy|date = 2007-06-28|publisher = The Independent] 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 employment rate of 97.3% within the first year of graduation [ [ University tops job statistics - Liverpool ] ] 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, Hope 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.

The University's Deaneries

Deanery of Arts and Humanities

Dean: Dr Terry Phillips

The Deanery of Arts and Humanities is split across the two campuses. Courses based at the main University campus, Hope Park,include: English Language, English Literature, History, Politics and Theology. Courses based at The Cornerstone include Design, Performing Arts, Music and Fine Art.

Deanery of Business and Computer Science

Dean: Dr John Brinkman

The Deanery of Business and Computer Science (BACS) contains the Hope Business School and the School of Computer Science. There are also specialist leadership and management programmes taught at BACS.

Deanery of Education

Dean: Professor Jon Nixon []

The Education Deanery is responsible for the education and graduate education of future teachers and lecturers.

Deanery of Science and Social Science

Dean: Dr Penny Haughan

The Deanery of Science and Social Science contain programmes including Psychology, Criminology, Sport, Geography and Health.

heppard-Worlock Library

The Sheppard-Worlock Library is open extended hours throughout the year. The Library took its name from Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock. SWL is based at the Hope Park campus. In addition to a wealth of publications, research material, extensive computing facilities and stationary sales, SWL locates the Gradwell Collection. The Sheppard-Worlock Library is also the venue for many commercial activities in the business and education communities.

tudents' Union

Students at the University are represented by the Liverpool Hope Students' Union. Although there are several campus sites for the University, students are represented by the main Student Union facilities at Derwent House, in the main University campus.

Representation for all students is central and is conducted by executive officers elected annually. In most cases, these students will be on a sabbatical from their studies. The election process is normally contested in mid April, with successful candidates assuming office the following academic year.

Partnership with Sun Yat-Sen University

In May 2007, Liverpool Hope University announced a partnership with Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. The Liverpool Hope University and Sun Yat-Sen University partnership seeks research collaboration and the opportunity for students from both Universities to participate in a two year academic exchange programme. The University saw one of its student selected, from thousands, to participate in the DfES funded project. []

Notable alumni

Willy Russell [ [ Willy Russell] , Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch] - His play Educating Rita was turned into a movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters, it was filmed at Trinity College, Dublin. Willy Russell is also a Visiting Professor of Popular Theatre at Hope.

Terry Molloy - Best known for his role as Davros in the long-running science fiction series "Doctor Who".

Stel Pavlou. [ [ Stel Pavlou ] ] Screenwriter for the film The 51st State and bestselling novelist.

Nicholas Hale Storyliner for Hollyoaks, actor and writer.

Cllr Mike Storey - Executive Board Member (Regeneration) and former Leader of Liverpool City Council, also currently a Headteacher at a large Liverpool Primary School.

Peter Kilfoyle - Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton.

Diane Allahgreen - Athletic hurdles champion, Double European gold medallist, British Junior record for 100m hurdles. Diane reached top ranking for women at 100m hurdles in Britain in 1997.

Professor the Rt. Hon David Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool [ [ About] ,, accessed 2007-05-09] - Lord Alton trained and qualified as a teacher before pursuing a career in Parliament. He is a Life Peer of the House of Lords.


External links

* [ Liverpool Hope University website]
* [ Liverpool Hope Students' Union]
* [,,2248316,00.html Gerald Pillay - Hope & Faith,]

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