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A venerable institution: The Independent writes about new universities

Crest Stained Glass Thursday 15 October 2015

Liverpool Hope is among those praised by The Independent in an article about the success of new universities and their contribution to the confidence and recognition of British Higher Education.

The article looked at the impact of Tony Blair’s education secretary Charles Clarke's decision to allow institutions to be given university status in the early 2000s. The article goes on to say: "How have these former institutes and colleges of higher education performed in the 10 years since becoming universities? The short answer is that the majority have come on in leaps and bounds and have confounded the fears of their critics."

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope, is quoted in the article saying: "We made a strategic decision not to grow unendingly but to be a university catering for a community of about 8,000 and to concentrate on scholarship and research-informed teaching.”

The article praises Hope for this decision, citing our success in the top 20 of universities for the proportion of staff with PhDs, as well as our placing in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework with 55 per cent of the university’s academic staff submitting research, of which more than a third was rated as “world leading” or “internationally excellent” as evidence of this strategy paying off.

You can read the full article on the Independent website.

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