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Liverpool Hope University is situated on two campuses; Creative Campus, Everton and Hope Park, Childwall and is made up of a community of around 7,000 students from more than 60 different countries. The university has three faculties; Science & Social Science, Education and Arts & Humanities. Each campus offers beautiful surroundings in which to study, the university is rich in history yet a forward thinking place to teach and learn.
Hope Park is close to the city centre and has its own shop, ‘Our Place’ student hang out, ‘Fresh Hope’ food court, a café, restaurant, chapel, library and sports facilities. Our Hope is also the place to be in the evenings when it transforms into a venue hosting comedy and live music. Creative Campus is home to arts programmes and has its own theatres, gallery, art studios, recording studios and performance spaces. In recent years both campuses have received £millions to be invested into updating and building new facilities.
Liverpool Hope Students' Union occupies several building across the two campuses. As well as running many sports clubs and societies, there is student radio station, 'Radio Hope' that offers many opportunities to get involved. Hope SU won 'Best Small Students' Union' 2012.
Liverpool Hope University owns Plas Caerdeon, an activities centre near Snowdonia in North Wales. Here students can get involved in water sports, mountaineering, climbing, environmental science and archery. Sporting facilities at the university include the Strive Fitness Suite, sports halls, Astro turf pitches, squash courts and plenty of cycling routes around campus and the city.
The university strongly encourages students to get involved in additional activities to boost chances of employability but also to enhance your experience in life and build skills and confidence in areas you may not have had the opportunity to explore before. Some of these opportunities include work experience, volunteering in the local community and teaching projects abroad in countries such as Malawi and Uganda. Additionally many students take a year to study overseas with one of many university partnerships through the Erasmus scheme. Liverpool Hope University runs SALA, (Service and Leadership Award) which rewards students for hours spent volunteering with credits and offers additional training.
The City of Liverpool is known for its famous buildings and music scene. There are plenty of festivals and events throughout the year plus buzzing nightlife, restaurants, shopping, Tate Liverpool gallery, the Empire Theatre, museums, and great sporting events such as the Grand National and Premier League football.
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My course has been a disaster from day one. The university claims to have "unparalleled access" to all local institutions. This has involved us being shown small sea animals in The World Museum and sitting in the children's area at The Walker Gallery and being shown around their open exhibitions which we could vi- please remembers that my course is a Masters in Art History and Curating. Our work placement was more like free labour, where one cohort had to pick up rubbish and flyer and another was sent to the vault to watch a guy photograph objects for 3 days before she quit and his reply was "I'm surprised you lasted this long". We have had no tutorship, guidance or lectures on curating, no access to curating professionals. As a small cohort (5) we raised this with the university and were told to that we should be attending the free local talks to make up for the lack of lectures. And forget about library access after 5pm or weekends. DO NOT GO TO THIS UNIVERSITY!
If you're planning on studying fine art there, don't. They don't teach you anything. Also art history is fifty percent of your degree and they don't give you honours in it. Also 1.5% of your degree is an evaluation of the skills you've learnt in art history. There is barely any studio space and they only have a handful of artists talks a year. Just don't go there. I've wasted a year of my life there. If I could give them no stars I would. Extremely disappointed.
Really poor return for my £9000, The creative campus offers little inspiration to students and there is many disgruntled student afraid to speak out about the lazy abject tutors " I think some of the lecturers think its a paid holiday" The campus is great,facilities are fine and its near to the town center. Think again if your expecting and dynamic pearning environment where you will be performing once or twice a week this is not the case. Self motivated ones need only apply as the tutors offer nothing ...think carefully when you choose .
I've done my first year and I'm going into my second year. I study at The a Creative Campus not the main Liverpool Hope University campus so can only review that. It's a lovely pretty well kept quite small campus with its on theatre, nice canteen cafe snd coffee shop. There is also a corner shop which is very small and only open during study hours but good if you need the odd thing. Lecturers are all pioneers in their field all researching and continually studying the subject that they teach you. Facilities are good there's a 24 hour student zone with computers, a library, great hall, and old fashioned study space with computers. Lots of studios as all classes are arts based, dance, drama etc.
I stayed at St Elphin Halls in the HCA Building (aka Harry Potter Halls). It was old so I expected there to be issues with it technically, but the bathrooms are modern and the rooms are spacious. The kitchens are small but there are 5 on one floor. It was an easy way to make friends as there was a group about about 35 girls on the floor with me. Security is strict but you can sneak around it easily. Now I'm excited for year 2 in a house! It is worth the experience. Love the university and my new friends.