"My husband and I are graduates of Oxford University and the parents of two recent graduates: one from Oxford, the other from Liverpool Hope. Both have enjoyed excellent educational experiences, but, whereas Oxford has been able to burnish its reputation over centuries, Liverpool Hope deserves, in our experience, enormous credit for having developed its splendid combination of high academic standards and outstanding pastoral care in only a very few years.
"At a graduation ceremony in July in Liverpool Cathedral we were privileged to hear the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerald Pillay, speak with conviction of his vision for Hope as a university which will continue to strive for the highest academic standards, while remaining numerically small enough to ensure that the human being is never sacrificed to the system.
Many ‘elite’ institutions could learn from this approach."
Satisfied parent Ann Marie McMahon, Chester, The Independent, September 2010
"As we open this building called the Gateway to Hope, I see it being a gateway for thousands of future graduates of this unique University who will make a difference for good in the world."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 26th June 2006
"Hope – the antidote to all those things which diminish us humanly – the source of the change that transcends and reveals our best destiny. Thank you for your sacred stewardship of ‘hope.'"
Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, 4th June 2008
"Liverpool Hope is a remarkable University, and unique in this country. I am encouraged every time I visit by how fast the University is developing, both internationally and within the United Kingdom."
Baroness Caroline Cox, Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University
"To defend a country you need an army – to defend a civilisation you need universities and schools.’ May God bless all you do."
Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, 5th June 2008
"Thanks for allowing me to visit this splendid University and for providing interest, inspiration and warmth."
Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education and Skills, 2nd February 2011
"I so enjoyed my visit to this very splendid University. There is something very special here."
Delia Smith, 2010
"I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship. I am proud to be the University’s MP."
Luciana Berger MP, 7th January 2011
"I was thrilled to be offered an honorary Degree by Hope. I care enormously about the wellbeing of Liverpool and was honoured by the University’s offer."
Sir Jeremy Isaacs, BAFTA award-winning television producer
"With my best wishes and thanks for a fascinating day in this excellent University."
Judith MacGregor, British Ambassador to Mexico
"155 years ago here in Liverpool, the Sisters of Notre Dame, heirs of St. Julie Billiart, founded Notre Dame College, one of the three colleges that came together to form Liverpool Hope University. This remarkable contemporary institution draws upon the unique ecumenical collaboration of both Catholic and Anglican traditions to shape a modern university rooted in Christian values. You join a long tradition of graduates who have borne witness to the prophetic vision of this university’s founders, the wisdom of the faculty who have taught you, and the Hope that will illuminate your work in the world through all of the days to come."
President Patricia McGuire, Trinity Washington University, Washington, D.C., Winter graduation 2011
"I feel happy and fortunate to be able to share with Liverpool Hope’s wonderful students their milestone, and to share it in this unique, famous and consecrated setting. Puzzled I may be, but who am I to judge the good people of Liverpool Hope for choosing to bestow on me this, as I feel, undeserved honour? I take it as a prod to do more, or better. Thank you."
Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, Biographer and Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
Inspection outcome 2011
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the result of your Initial Teacher Training inspection. To receive Grade One in both the substantive cells in secondary provision and a further Grade One in the Overall Effectiveness substantive cell in primary provision is a fantastic indication of your work and commitment. This is an excellent result and I’m sure you are delighted with this affirmation of the quality of your provision.
"Please pass on my best wishes and congratulations to your colleagues, who will have played a significant role in this outcome, and deserve our thanks. I wish you well for the rest of the academic year. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting me."
Jeff Williams, Head of Quality and Inspection, Ofsted, 2011
"I was one of the fortunate first intake to one of Hope’s founding colleges in 1964. In those days we were generally altruistic, optimistic and enthusiastic but few of us sought to make ‘contacts’ to benefit our future careers. I was given by Hope an opportunity and education for which I shall be forever appreciative."
Former student Mic Carolan, who went on to achieve a PhD, three headships and a time with Ofsted
"A superb campus - what a wonderful context for learning."
Graham Donaldson, former Chief Executive of HM Inspectorate of Education
"This University is a beacon of light."
Canon James Collins