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Old September 20th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #21
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It is, great news for the future.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 06:01 AM   #22
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Is there a political message...well, yes there is....the dramatic improvements and turnaround in educational performance can be routed back to one man, Mike Storey (a teacher) and the Lib Dem administration from '98.

It is one of those rare crystal clear 'truisms' in the same category as say, Churchill was a crucial man of the moment in 1940.......yes I know its on a different political scale, but the point stands.

Just a small note for proponents of 'Big Joe' who would have us all believe that Liverpool's 'Year Zero' was 2010, not 1998.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 06:52 AM   #23
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Education, education,education, Blair 97. It was only possible through increased funding from central government. Slightly ironic, as Storey sits in the Lords defending public sector spending cuts. I will concede however, that one of the big failings from Labour locally has been education. Something I've never forgiven Militant for is their disgraceful neglect of education in the city.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 09:36 AM   #24
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"For 2012/13 entry the University of Liverpool is charging £9,000 for all eligible undergraduate programmes"

Source - http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergrad...nance/fees.htm


"Liverpool John Moores University will be charging a tuition fee of £9,000 per year for UK/EU full-time students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2012"

Source - http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117500.htm


"The tuition fees for Undergraduate students joining Liverpool Hope University in September 2012 are: Full time undergraduate 2012/13 starter £8,250"

Source - http://www.hope.ac.uk/undergraduate/...g/tuitionfees/


"Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts will be charging a tuition fee of £9,000 a year for UK/EU full-time undergraduates starting degree courses in 2012"

Source - http://www.lipa.ac.uk/content/Course...ntFinance.aspx


"From Autumn 2012, Edge Hill University will charge £9,000 for full-time BA, BSc and LLB degrees"

Source - http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradu...ndergrad2012ft

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Hope University joins other Liverpool universities in charging £9,000 fees
by Ben Turner, Liverpool Echo | Sep 27 2012 |

LIVERPOOL Hope University is putting its prices up meaning all three of the city’s universities will be charging the maximum tuition fees next year.

Today Hope bosses said they had no option but to up its tuition fees by £750 a year amid hefty budget cuts.

It means from 2013 students will be annually charged the full £9,000 which is already the case at neighbouring Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool.

The rise comes despite official figures showing all three of the city’s universities have been hit with an annual drop in applications blamed on everything from a rush to beat the 2012 fee rises last year to tougher entry standards.

Graham Donelan, clerk to Hope’s University Council said when setting the £9,000 fee from next September it had considered the income it would likely generate from students.

And the rise comes as the university copes with a 96% cut in its teaching budget by 2014 “which equates to £20m a year”.

He added: “Since the new fee regime was imposed on universities by the government there have been a number of additional changes to the funding methodology after 2012’s fees were set and approved by the Office for Fair Access such as additional controls of student numbers.

“Numbers were taken away from universities who did not charge £7,500 or below.

“Therefore to ensure that the university could adequately fund its high quality academic provision, support services and a capital investment programme, the University Council took the decision to charge a fee for new students in 2013 in line with all the other universities in the area.”

President of Hope University’s students union, Ben Ramsdale, said he was against the looming fee rises but accepted the university had little choice.

The music graduate said: “It’s a tricky one as I’m broadly against it but understand that the university has been backed into a corner because of the cuts it has had. It is the government not the university who I blame.”
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Old October 9th, 2012, 01:59 AM   #25
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Liverpool wins £33m material innovation funding



Unilever and Liverpool University are to build a research and development centre to produce new materials for sectors such as energy, pharmaceuticals, food and drink and paints.

The new campus facility will be built with a £33m grant from Government's £1bn Research Partnership Investment Fund. Five university projects were awarded funding on Monday and the Government added £200m to the fund which will reopen for entries.

Liverpool's Materials Innovation Factory will accommodate researchers from a number of higher education and industry partners with the potential to work collaboratively to develop new science for a number of sectors.

Prof Stephen Holloway, Liverpool University's executive pro-vice chancellor for science and engineering, said: "The new centre will build on our world-class expertise in materials science and enable some of the most important sectors of the economy to benefit from innovations in this area.

This new facility, unparalleled in Europe, will strengthen the impact of the UK's research base and help to promote the UK's economic growth."

The centre will be home to around 140 researchers from the University who will collaborate with scientists from other organisations, working closely on a number of areas from materials synthesis through to genomics. Researchers will also focus on the use of non-petrochemical feedstocks for use in the development of new functional and sustainable materials.

University scientists will carry out collaborative research into the development of nanomedicines using nanostructured organic materials which have the potential to transform certain areas of healthcare. Research in the area of biotechnology will enable the analysis of microbial populations by direct DNA sequencing, with the potential to deliver entirely new product lines such as personalised care formulations.

The use of inorganic materials to transform technologies in energy, catalysis, healthcare and information storage applications, will also provide a key focus for research, as well as the further development of high throughput formulation techniques.

Unilever and the university already have a long-standing research partnership in the area of product and process innovation. Scientists from both organisations collaborate at the university's Centre for Materials Discovery, where research has improved the effectiveness and sustainability of Unilever's household products.

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Old October 9th, 2012, 10:22 AM   #26
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Aye, I read this as being a funding for a new capital project. Looks promising. I wonder where it might be?
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Old October 9th, 2012, 11:42 PM   #27
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Not sure but presumably the University will be interested in the Archbishop Blanch site if the school moves?
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Old October 10th, 2012, 04:19 AM   #28
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Not sure but presumably the University will be interested in the Archbishop Blanch site if the school moves?
They are.

The pdfs on this site show everything the University of Liverpool are interested in. A good read, I only came across them the other day.

http://urbed.cc.demo.faelix.net/proj...sign-framework
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #30
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good news.... helping to develop Liverpool's local economy
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:48 PM   #31
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The pdfs on this site show everything the University of Liverpool are interested in. A good read, I only came across them the other day.

http://urbed.cc.demo.faelix.net/proj...sign-framework


Anyone know if these are just concepts, or will they go ahead?

Liverpool University Final Plan



Liverpool University Figure Ground



Liverpool University Public Realm Plan



Liverpool University Axis Montage
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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:52 AM   #32
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All being well, they will go ahead...No definites, as with any masterplan, but this is what they are aspiring to.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 02:10 PM   #33
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Where's that tower supposed to be?
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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:48 PM   #34
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Very near to the old tower that's over teh road from senate house. In between SH and the new building with the "living wall".
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Old October 11th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #35
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Very near to the old tower that's over teh road from senate house. In between SH and the new building with the "living wall".
Do you mean at the end of this walk way?



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Old October 11th, 2012, 06:19 PM   #36
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I think so, nearer to Oxford St. You can see how near to Abercromby Square it is in the map.
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Old October 12th, 2012, 12:36 AM   #37
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The tower is immediately to the right of that new science block. Good to know the Uni has plans that reach out quite a way in to the future.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #38
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Great news this:


REDX PHARMA AWARDED £4.7 MILLION GRANT FOR NEW SPIN OUT



Early stage drug development company Redx Pharma has been awarded a £4.7 million grant from the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to support the launch of a new £10.8 million research and development centre focused on anti-viral and anti-bacterial drugs.



The funding will enable the establishment of a new subsidiary, Redx Anti-Infectives Ltd, which will create 119 high value science jobs, based in Liverpool. The posts will be within chemistry, biochemistry and analytical testing. A further 28 specialist jobs are expected to be created within the wider supply chain.




This is the second successful award for Redx having previously won RGF backing for the launch of its first spin out, Redx Oncology Ltd, a cancer research and development subsidiary which currently employs more than 50 people in Liverpool.



Redx Anti-Infectives will begin operations in April 2013. The funds, which are subject to a due diligence process, will support an initial two-year industrial research phase of chemistry, biochemistry and analytical testing. The new R&D venture will focus on developing drugs to combat resistance to antibiotics and new medicines to tackle viral infections. These include developing anti-infective drugs tackling hard to treat infections, including the growing threat of drug resistant superbugs like MRSA, as well as conditions such as influenza, Hepatitis C and HIV.



Dr Neil Murray, chief executive of Redx Pharma, commented: “We are obviously delighted to receive a second RGF award and eagerly anticipate applying our approach to the critical area of anti-infectives. The World Health Organisation has identified drug resistance, particularly in the area of anti-biotics, as one of the most pressing human health concerns globally. We believe that the fresh thinking and original approach that we apply will create effective solutions. Redx is a discovery engine for global pharma and it is innovative and agile companies like ours that can help the industry adapt to a new model of research and development where there is more willingness to outsource some of the challenges involved in creating new proprietary medicines. At Redx, our methods have already uncovered commercial potential that might otherwise have been missed and our approach can help partners to bring new medicines to market faster.”



The UK Government Business Secretary Vince Cable visited the Redx Oncology laboratories to announce the company’s award as well as meet staff and see the progress from their round two project.



Vince Cable said: “The Regional Growth Fund is creating the long-term growth and jobs that Liverpool and the North West needs. Every project supports important local priorities and there is a good alignment with key sectors in our Industrial Strategy including automotive, aerospace and life sciences as illustrated here today at Redx Pharma.



“Redx Pharma’s previous award from round two has already helped them establish an impressive oncology research centre and has created over 50 new jobs since April this year. I look forward to seeing the progress of the vital drugs research that they are carrying out which will maintain the UK’s competitiveness within the life sciences industry and deliver benefits for patients.”



Redx Pharma itself was launched in 2010. It develops therapeutic remedies based on existing classes of drugs, structurally modifying them to create new proprietary medicines. Benefits for patients include fewer side effects, greater efficacy and ease of use for people. Redx achieves revenues by entering into licensing agreements with mid-sized and large pharmaceutical partners who undertake further clinical studies with promising new drug compounds



Redx plans to become the cornerstone tenant for the development of Liverpool’s new Bio-Innovation Centre development, a £28m project planned to go ahead on land owned by the Royal Liverpool Hospital. The creation of a biomedical centre was one of the recommendations made by Lord Heseltine in his 2011 report on growth in the Liverpool City Region.



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Old October 23rd, 2012, 12:00 AM   #39
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European Institute for Urban Affairs (EIUA)

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A leading Liverpool-based expert is calling on the Government to invest more in the UK’s second tier cities in order to boost the UK's economic performance.

Professor Michael Parkinson argues that by directing investment to larger cities outside London the UK would be able to develop more successful cities and a stronger national economy,

The view of the professor, Director of the European Institute for Urban Affairs at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), reflect the findings of a major study on 124 second tier and 31 capital cities across 31 European countries, funded by the European Commission and ESPON.

The second tier cities constitute almost 80% of Europe's metropolitan urban population and are the 'crucial middle of the urban system'.

In the report entitled Second Tier Cities in Europe: Why Invest beyond the Capitals in an Age of Austerity?, Professor Parkinson argues that increasing competition for scarce resources is in danger of further limiting the growth of second tier cities, widening the economic and social gaps between them and their capital cities.

Professor Parkinson says: "Continuing over-investment in capital cities and under-investment in second tier cities in the long run will be unsustainable and lead to economic under-performance.

"The question is particularly pressing in the UK as it tries to rebalance its economy sectorally and spatially. Increasing investment in second tier cities will help that rebalancing without undermining the special position of London.

"But we should increase the national economic pie and encourage second tier cities rather than kill the golden goose of the capital."

The new research indicates that countries which are less centralised and less economically concentrated – and where second tier cities have greater powers, resources and responsibilities – perform better and helped their national economies more.

Professor Parkinson added:"The UK has a highly centralised decision-making system, invests heavily in London and has second tier cities which significantly underperform many European second tier cities.

"We need greater openness about territorial investment decisions. More importantly, we need more high performing cities outside London. The UK government is making some steps in the right direction with City Deals. But it has much further to go."

Chris Murray, Chief Executive of Core Cities agrees. He said: "This report arrives at a decisive moment for the European and domestic economies.

"It eloquently describes the critical economic role and potential of second tier cities, backed up by a compelling and robust evidence base. Put simply, this is game-changing material, and it is in everyone's interests to now act upon it."

Lewis Dijkstra, Deputy Head of the Analysis Unit in the Directorate-General for Regional Policy of the European Commission added: "This is really excellent work and breaks new ground. I am convinced it will make a big impact on the debate and I am very impressed by the impact it has already had in the UK."

The report Second Tier Cities in Europe: Why Invest beyond the Capitals in an Age of Austerity? will be launched in London on 24th October at the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The report identifies 13 second-tier cities in the UK on the basis of their significance in terms of national economic performance. The list comprises: Birmingham, Belfast, Bradford-Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham and Sheffield.

To download a copy of the report, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/EIUA/second-tier-cities/index.htm
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Old October 30th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #40
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Welcome to Liverpool – city’s newest students to enjoy red carpet reception

• Photograph/filming/interview opportunity as Liverpool welcomes overseas students

• Liverpool Vision launches It’s Liverpool Instagram Competition

More than 800 of the city’s newest academic arrivals are to be given a grand civic introduction at the first ever Liverpool International Student Welcome, organised by Liverpool Vision.

The students from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University will gather in St George’s Hall on Tuesday, October 30 from 4.30pm for a red carpet reception and to hear what the can expect to discover in their city of choice.

Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, will guide them through the city’s remarkable transformation over the last decade, before they hear from Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Gary Millar; Chris Arnold, founder and president of Smaller Earth which runs Your Big Year and World Merit; and Cllr Nick Small, cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills.

The evening will conclude with a performance from MOBO nominee, Liverpool’s Esco Williams and a prize draw with items donated by Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs and STA travel.

Liverpool is home to more than 50,000 students from more than 120 countries, many of whom choose to stay in the city at the end of their studies to start their careers.

Mr Steinberg said: “We are delighted that so many people are continuing to choose to study in Liverpool and it is a reflection of what a vibrant and dynamic city we are.

“I know that Liverpool’s universities are very proud of their international students and graduates and many have gone on to occupy senior positions in business and public life both within the UK and internationally.

“We need to roll the red carpet out for our newest ‘citizens’ because they also have the potential to be our newest ambassadors who will tell the world how great Liverpool is.”

The students will also be encouraged to take part in an It’s Liverpool Instagram Competition by capturing Liverpool’s people, places and passions, which will be launched at the event.

http://www.liverpoolvision.co.uk/New...reception.aspx
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