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Students to be compensated as law school shuts doors in June

BPP Law School’s Liverpool centre will be closing this summer, Legal Cheek can reveal. Students will be compensated for the inconvenience of all this by way of reduced course fees.

In an email sent to students and seen by Legal Cheek, the law school giant said “the [Liverpool] centre has limitations in relation to careers, pro bono, library, networking and social events, general environment as well as limited opening hours”. Because of this — and the impending expiry of the Liverpool building’s lease — “a decision has been made that from 30th June 2018 the centre will close”.

BPP’s Liverpool branch teaches the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and a masters degree in legal practice. Though it shares a careers service with BPP Manchester’s centre, Liverpool’s profile on both our GDL Most List and LPC Most List features positive comments from students including that the tutors are “informative” and “supportive”, tutorials are “non-intimidating” and that modules are “well planned”.

The 2018 LPC Most List

As for how this will affect current BPP Liverpool-ers, the email states that some students will have to traipse to Manchester, more than an hour’s drive from Liverpool, for teaching. BPP will be deducting travel costs from students’ fees, the email says, and as well will make deductions “as compensation for the additional journeys and any associated inconvenience”. This will amount to £1,000, the email says.

Part of email sent to students concerning deduction of fees

That’s if Liverpool students decide to stick around. Though the email states the law school “sincerely hopes” its current cohort will stay on, one current student told us that “students are seriously considering moving provider”. They add:

“Perhaps this move is best in terms of offering a better experience, but that doesn’t help all those currently enrolled at Liverpool now.”

As for upcoming assessments, the email says: “All exams will continue to be held in hotels in Liverpool until June 2019.”

Rebecca Yates, head of law at BPP, said:

“BPP University Law School are working very closely with the students affected and are ensuring minimal impact occurs. We feel confident that the students will enjoy and benefit from the improved student experience that Manchester study centre provides.”

Interestingly, this news comes just weeks after The University of Law, BPP’s postgrad legal education rival, announced its break into the Liverpool market. From September, the GDL and LPC will be taught at the University of Liverpool, these courses run by ULaw tutors and with ULaw content.

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11 Comments

BPP Shareholder

££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

Anonymous

And yet University of Law have just announced that they are opening in Liverpool? Strange.

Troll Hunter

Shame. A lot of the BPP Manchester BPTC crowd (including myself) use the BPP Liverpool facilities regularly, rather than commuting when we have no seminars. Had I been able to study I would have done. I wonder if BPP recognise this?

Anonymous

Too many people spitting on the doors and windows.

Jamie Carragher

I’m sorry. Deeply sorry.

Anonymous

‘Liverpool-ers’ also known as Liverpudlians

Anonymous

Or bin-dippers

Anonymous

I studied there a few years ago. Slightly drab environment but the tutors were very good. Hope they find success elsewhere.

Anonymous

It is ridiculous that they took on new students in the academic year when they clearly knew their plan was to close the centre. The compensation offered is nothing for the inconvenience caused

Anonymous

Keith winstanley, I use both Liverpool and Manchester very regularly.
Liverpool is ideal for my motability issues and is much less stressful. Another destruction of an excellent educational facilities. Hope all staff have managed to secure
Other positions…..thanks to Alan and Steve on the reception who will go above and beyond to help in any situation….. True scouces.

Anonymous

BPP Law School is a smaller part of the University which now specialises in several other areas. PE ownership will mean, as it always does , cutting costs…

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