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History of Liverpool Hope


Thanks to the efforts of the socially enlightened Rev Horace Powys, the Rector of Warrington, the Anglican Warrington Training College for women opens.


The Sisters of Notre Dame open Our Lady’s Training College, a Roman Catholic college for women, which becomes known as ‘Notre Dame’ or ‘Mount Pleasant’ because of its location in Liverpool city centre.


Warrington Training College moves to Childwall, Liverpool (the current Hilda Constance Allen building). The new College has a chapel dedicated to S. Katharine of Alexandria (now housing the University’s Senate Room).


Warrington Training College becomes S. Katharine’s College.


S. Katharine’s College leaves Liverpool to spend the war years in the Lake District. The College buildings are taken over by the Ministry of Health to be used as a hospital.


Christ’s College, the first Roman Catholic training college for both men and women opens in Childwall (in the current Frances Mary Lescher building).


The University of Liverpool agree that the Colleges can widen their educational remit by offering a general BA degree.


Following changes in higher education policy, the late Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard are instrumental in bringing about the merger of the Colleges to form the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education. They refer to this collaboration, which was part of their wider ecumenical vision for the city, as being "a sign of hope" (Better Together).


Liverpool Hope becomes a fully accredited institution of the University of Liverpool with a wide range of degree courses and a corresponding expansion in student numbers. The College now has responsibility for the quality and standards of its course provision and its academic standing.


A new Instrument and Articles of Government establish a single, unified, ecumenical College with a new name, Liverpool Hope. A Company Limited by Guarantee and registered as a Charity are formed.


The Accreditation Agreement with the University is renewed for five years and extended to cover taught postgraduate awards.


After extensive scrutiny by the Quality Assurance Agency over a two year period, Liverpool Hope University College gains taught degree awarding powers in August 2002.


Following a successful application to become a University (submitted in September 2004), the Privy Council approve the title Liverpool Hope University in July 2005.


After 18 months of rigorous scrutiny by the Government’s official agency, Liverpool Hope is granted Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP) making it a fully-fledged University.