Q. Why would an Indian student find the University of Liverpool attractive'
A.The university is famous for the quality of education it offers, especially its professional courses. It also has a city centre campus which means that all the attractions of city life — shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, music venues, cafes, bars — are only a 10-minute walk away. The city itself is another reason people choose to study here. Liverpool enjoys all the infrastructure advantages of a metro but is geographically small, meaning that you don’t have to walk far and you never get lost! The city was selected as the 2008 European Capital of Culture in recognition of its vibrant cultural scene.
Q. How many Indian students do you have at the moment'
A. We have 169 full-time Indian students at the moment.
Q. What are the subjects that the university is renowned for'
A.We have faculties ranging from engineering to medicine and veterinary science to social and environmental sciences and arts but we are probably most renowned for providing “education for the professions” — engineers, city planners, architects, doctors, dentists, veterinary surgeons, lawyers, accountants and managers.
Q. Which subjects are popular with Indian students'
A.Engineering, management (MBAs and subjects such as e-business and operations and supply chain management) and life sciences.
Q. What sort of research facilities do you have'
A.The University of Liverpool has fantastic research facilities across a very wide range of disciplines. Ninety-three per cent of the academic staff at the university were assessed as conducting research of national or international significance in the last research assessment exercise within the UK. Physiology, English and engineering are three of the university’s five-star research departments. We are also doing very good work in nanotechnology.
Q. Can you give us an idea of the fees'
A.Fees depend on the subject and range from £8,700 for classroom-based subjects to £11.300 for laboratory-based subjects to £17,300 for clinical subjects. MBA fees are £13,500. The university has an International Advancement Award of £1000. This is deducted from the tuition fees and is available for each year of study for undergraduates and research students.
Q. Are there any scholarships for Indian students'
A.Our main scholarship programme is the University of Liverpool international scholarship competition which awards up to 40 scholarships worth 25 per cent discount on the tuition fees each year. In 2006, 14 of those offered the scholarship were Indian. Gaurav Nath, who is studying aerospace engineering, was awarded an attainment scholarship in addition to the international scholarship so he also received a bursary of £1500 to help with his living costs. If he maintains his academic standards, he will receive these awards for each year of his degree.
Q. Do you have exchange programmes with Indian universities'
A.We do not currently have any exchange programmes but we do have some academic collaboration. Our philosophy department specialises in classical Indian philosophy and has links with Indian universities in Calcutta and Hyderabad.