LONDON CALLING AS UNI GETS NOD.
THE University of Liverpool has been given the go ahead to open a new campus - in London.
It was revealed in January that the university was aiming to take its world-class brand of education to the country's capital.
And the project now looks set to become a reality this September after it was confirmed that Islington Borough Council planners had given the scheme the thumbs-up.
Based in Finsbury Square, close to London's financial centre, the London base will initially offer "professional post-graduate" degree courses to UK and international students in a range of subjects including architecture, accountancy, psychology and public health.
The university has predicted attracting around 1,000 students in over five years, but has stressed that the recruits would not be students who would otherwise have come to Liverpool.
Confirming that planning permission had been secured, Vice Chancellor Sir Howard Newby said he was confident the venture would be a success.
He said: "For employers, professionals in practice seeking continuous development, and graduates looking for higher degrees with close ties to London's professional community, the University of Liverpool in London will bring huge opportunities for enhanced personal impact through applied study, geared to the leading-edge of business and industry."
The London campus will also offer Masters degrees including in public health, which will utilise the university's links with public health bodies including the World Health Organisation. Course fees are expected to range from PS7,416 to PS12,000 and marks the latest expansion of the university.
Since 2006, in partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong University, it has set up an independent university in Suzhou - an hour from Liverpool's sister city, Shanghai.
After welcoming just 160 students in its first year, the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) has seen staggering growth with 7,400 gifted and talented students now taking one of its degrees.
Back on home soil, the university is undertaking a PS13.8m upgrade of its students' union in Mount Pleasant including a new bar, cafe and revamp of music venue Mountford Hall.
ON THE MOVE: The University's new London base is in Finsbury Square, close to the capital's financial centre
EXPANSIONS: The University of Liverpool's Brownlow Hill centre; and, inset, left, Vice Chancellor Sir Howard Newby