University of Liverpool

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The University of Liverpool was one of the first civic universities in the UK, founded in 1881. In the early 2000s it created its first programme of distance e-learning and later partnered with Laureate Education to develop this further (a relationship which continues today). While it also has used e-learning in other arenas, it is best known for the off-campus programme.

Its web site is at There is also a useful Wikipedia entry on the University of Liverpool.

It is a member of the Russell Group, an elite league of UK universities.


This is taken from the history page

The University of Liverpool was one of the first civic universities. Founded in 1881 with the establishment of University College Liverpool, the College opened in 1882 with 45 students on Brownlow Hill.

From the start, it recruited notable scholars and received generous financial support from the people of Liverpool. A high proportion of the original students came from Merseyside; for poor yet able students there were scholarships and fellowships. The University grew quickly, and the famous Victoria Building, the original 'redbrick' designed by Alfred Waterhouse, was opened in 1892.

The University attracted the pioneers of the day, including Professor Oliver Lodge, who made the world's first public radio transmission in 1894. A few years later. 1899 saw the foundation of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Future Nobel Prize winner Ronald Ross, who had just completed his renowned research into the origins of malaria, was appointed at the helm.

In 1903 the University received its Charter. This enabled the University to confer degrees in its own right, and so University College became the University of Liverpool.

The University quickly established itself as an incubator for success. Professor Charles Glover Barkla's research into X-Rays won him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1917, and Sir James Chadwick was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1935 for discovering the neutron.

The University entered the 21st century with great confidence. Its £9m Management School opened in 2002, offering a world-class business education, and a £25m Biosciences Centre opened in 2003, providing first-rate facilities for research, teaching and new biotech businesses.

Today, the University has over 230 first-degree courses offered across 103 subjects, over 19,000 registered students and an annual income of £219 million, which includes £75 million for research. The University remains strongly committed through the teaching and research of its staff to the 'advancement of learning and ennoblement of life' which the people of Liverpool helped establish over a century ago.

Distance e-learning

The University of Liverpool has partnered with Laureate Education (through its Laureate Online Education brand) to develop an approach which allows students to complete a Masters programme fully online, balancing their own schedule while still meeting high academic standards.

The programmes delivered in small personal classes to provide a forum for networking and international collaboration.

The main programmes are:

  1. Master of Business Administration (MBA) - with specialisations in Marketing and Finance & Accounting
  2. Master of Science in Operations & Supply Chain Management
  3. Master of Public Health (MPH)
  4. Master of Science in Information Technology (MSc in IT) with specialisations in Internet Computing, Information Security and Software Engineering
  5. Master of Science in Information Systems Management (ISM)

The University of Liverpool 'Online Higher Education' site at was once a key part of online course delivery, but is now more of a contact page.

Today the site is the main online course portal.

See also for the university itself.

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