University of Liverpool

Liverpool University

Liverpool is arguably the redbrick university – the phrase was coined by a Liverpool academic familiar with the local architecture, like the (red, brick) Victoria building, the administrative heart of the university. And it has everything you’d expect from a classic redbrick: excellent ratings in teaching and research, a large and diverse student body, a strong sense of self and a location in a top city.

£200m of investment is taking place on the university’s campus near the centre of Liverpool. Facilities for fun are great (the student union building is the largest in the country), the cost of living is low, and there is a real commitment to opening access and to the local community.

Fees
£9,000 for full-time undergraduates in 2014-15.

Bursaries
The university intends to commit just under 30% of its additional fee income in 2014-15 to supporting students from lower-income backgrounds and will offer enhanced outreach activities alongside new measures to support retention.

In recent years, approximately 30% of students joining the university have qualified for a minimum bursary of £2,000 a year for the duration of their course. In addition, some students have qualified for up to £9,000 of support in bursaries and fee waivers during their course.

The university has also developed an employability programme specifically for students from lower-income backgrounds based on mentoring from alumni and graduate employers.

Accommodation
Vine Court, the university’s award-winning £45m eco-friendly student residences, opened in 2012. The complex features 732 en-suite standard rooms and 17 penthouse apartments, a coffee shop, bar, restaurant, launderette and pharmacy.

Existing accommodation is being refurbished and new residences will also be built at the Greenbank site, at suburban Mossley Hill, to provide a self-contained student village.

Prices range from £90 to £148 a week.

Facilities
The award-winning £23m central teaching laboratories opened in September 2012, transforming teaching across a range of disciples, including physics, chemistry, environmental sciences and archaeology. Other recent developments include a new centre of excellence for energy research, and a £10m investment in the veterinary school.

Overall, the university is investing £600m on teaching, research and residential estate over a 10-year period.

Transport

The campus is situated about 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Good for trains and coaches, and there are motorways almost on the doorstep.