Hope is Flying High

Hope is Flying High

As if we weren’t already proud of our superb collection of universities here in Liverpool, we’ve had some fantastic news that we just can’t keep to ourselves.

Liverpool Hope University has just been named 2nd in the UK for teaching excellence, and 1st in the North West for teaching excellence and student experience (that’s a whopping 92% student satisfaction rate) by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. This means that Hope have jumped 30 places and are now in the top 50 universities in the country; with a phenomenal rise in both applications and enrolments after a national dip since the £9,000 fees were first introduced. That’s right, Hope are now the third highest ranked modern university in the country.

Personally, we didn’t expect anything short of amazing – but we are absolutely made up.

Vice Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University, Professor Gerald Pillay, is over the moon with the news too: “These results show how focused teaching and research, and a commitment to knowing our students one by one, is a model for success. I am very pleased that the excellent work of our staff is now gaining public recognition. It is great news for the city to have two Liverpool-based universities within the top 50 in the UK for the first time.”

“It’s great news for the city to have two Liverpool-based universities within the top 50 in the UK for the first time”

Hope’s history spans more than 170 years; formed by the merging of two Catholic and one Church of England teacher training colleges in 1980, it became a university in 2005 with a strong philosophy of ‘educating the mind, body and spirit’ and a modern dedication to student satisfaction and employability.

Not only does the university focus deeply upon teaching, research and student fulfilment, it exceeds the official standards for education equality and a broadening of participation in higher education. More than 40% of its undergraduates are from working-class families and almost all are state-educated – one of the highest proportions of social inclusion in the whole of England’s academic institutions. That’s something to shout about.

This triumph comes at the perfect time as a brand new £14.47 million Sports Science Avenue is complete, with staff and students already enjoying the state-of-the-art facilities that the new build offers.

Liverpool certainly wears its academia prowess with pride, and its news like this that justifies our pride. Congratulations Liverpool Hope! Let’s keep the good times coming…

 

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Published: 27/10/2016

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