Liverpool University will open a campus in London for students attracted by studying in the capital.
It is the first of Britain’s leading universities to open a campus in London and may prompt other institutions to follow suit.
Many Liverpool undergraduates want to continue studying for master’s degrees but want to do so in London. Opening a campus in the capital is a way to “keep them in the family” according to Professor Sir Howard Newby, vice-chancellor of Liverpool.
The university has leased a former bank building on the edge of the City of London and about 150 students will enrol on the first courses there in September.
At full capacity the campus will hold up to 1,500 students, mostly postgraduates studying courses such as business and law. Many of them are expected to be mid-career professionals who need a master’s degree to progress in their field.
A small number of undergraduates studying financial mathematics in Liverpool will transfer to London for a term or a year for work experience in the City. Academics from Liverpool will be able to use the campus as a base during research trips. The University of East Anglia opened a £5million campus in London two years ago.