City Socials: Semester One 18/19

It’s a brand new academic year, a new semester and we are so excited to let you know about all the amazing new City Socials for you to come along to! City Socials are about getting together with other students to find out more about Liverpool and what exclusive offers are available to you as an LJMU student to help you make the most of your time in this incredible city.

We will meet before each event at a different campus location, this will usually be either the Liverpool SU John Foster Social Zone or the foyer of the James Parsons Building. Find out more details about the meeting locations and what’s on by clicking on the links below to our Facebook page (please note these will be added the w/c 10/9/18). If you would like to go to any of the events, please sign-up by clicking here or contact studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk Also follow us on social media to keep updated @LJMUStudentOpps.

All of the events are FREE and all about having the best experience in Liverpool. Check them out below and don’t forget to use #SOCitySocial if you come along!

Week -1 | Tue 11th Sept | 6:30pm
FILM: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Week 0 | Thu 20th Sept | 4pm
CULTURE: Culture Crawl

Week 0 | Fri 21st Sept | Time TBC
CULTURE:
Terracotta Warriors at National Museum Liverpool

Week 1 | Tue 25th Sept | 6:30pm
THEATRE: The Lovely Bones  at The Everyman

Week 1 | Fri 28th Sept | 6:30pm
ART: Op Art in Focus Party at Tate Liverpool

Week 2 | Wed 3rd Oct | 3pm
CULTURE:
Culture Crawl with Terracotta Warriors

Week 2 |Fri 5th Oct | 12:30pm
MUSIC:
Two Pianos at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Week 3 | Date TBC | Time TBC
CULTURE:
Forest School at IM Marsh Campus

Week 3 | Tue 9th Oct | 6:30pm
THEATRE:
FUP at The Everyman

Week 4 | Wed 17th Oct | 2pm
FITNESS:
Lifestyles Millennium classes

Week 4 | Thu 18th Oct | 7:30pm
MUSIC:
Ye Vagabonds in the Music Room at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Week 5 | Thu 25th Oct | 4:30pm
CULTURE:
Twilight Thursday at Liverpool Cathedral

Week 5 | Date TBC | Time TBC
CULTURE:
Terracotta Warriors at National Museum Liverpool

Week 6 | Wed 31st Oct | 7pm
THEATRE:
The Making of Medea (YEP) at The Playhouse

Week 7 | Tue 6th Nov | 6:30pm
THEATRE:
The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth at The Everyman

Week 7 | Fri 9th Nov | 4pm
THEATRE:
Frankenstein: How to make a monster + free pick ‘n’ mix at The Everyman

Week 8 | Tue 13th Nov | Time TBC
CULTURE/THEATRE:
Wardrobe and Theatre Tour at the Royal Court Theatre

Week 9 | Wed 21st Nov | 2pm
FITNESS:
Lifestyles Millennium classes

Week 9 | Fri 23rd Nov | 5:30pm
ART
: Fernand Léger / Artist Rooms: Alex Katz Opening Event? TBC at Tate Liverpool

Week 10 | Mon 26th Nov | 7pm
THEATRE:
‘The Scouse Cinderella’ at the Royal Court Theatre

Week 10 | Thu 29th Nov | 6:30pm
MUSIC:
From The New World the Liverpool Philharmonic

Week 11 | Wed 5th Dec | 6:30pm
FILM:
Muppet’s Christmas Carol, at the Liverpool Philharmonic

Week 11 | Date TBC | Time TBC
THEATRE:
The Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll panto: The Snow Queen at The Everyman

Week 12 | Tue 11th Dec | 6:30pm
THEATRE:
A Christmas Carol at The Playhouse

Week 13 | | Date TBC | Time TBC
THEATRE:
‘The Scouse Cinderella’ at the Royal Court Theatre

Week 14 | Mon 24th Dec | 11am
FILM:
It’s A Wonderful Life at the Liverpool Philharmonic

 

Don’t forget to sign-up by clicking here

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Pre-Freshers’ Events

If you’re eager to get back to Liverpool and planning on returning before Freshers’ or already live here and searching for something to do, then get a load of this. We’ve listed some of the things you can do for the Bank Holiday and over the next few weeks. There’s something to suit everyone’s budget, as it’s always a tough one waiting for that student loan to come in… only a few more weeks left!

MUSIC & ART: Folk on the Dock at the Royal Albert Dock and Tate Liverpool
OFFER: Free access to stages and performances including Tate Liverpool performances
DATE: Fri 24th – Mon 27th Aug

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There’s loads going on this Bank Holiday weekend down at the docks with Folk on the Dock creating a real buzz. The international folk, acoustic and roots music festival is back for its third year, hosting over 200 artists across 10 different stages not forgetting the contemporary floating Dock Stage. Take a look at the line up by clicking here.
With so much going on, try and pop along to see the bands performing at the famous Tate Liverpool and don’t forget to check out some of the art exhibitions while you’re there. The cafe will be serving a street food style menu too… enjoy it even more by claiming your 10% student discount off food and drink.

How to access: Just turn up and have a great time at the free festival, but don’t forget your LJMU student ID card to get free access to the Tate Liverpool exhibitions and 10% discount off the café and shop.  

CULTURE: Wirral Culture & Diversity Festival 2018 at Wirral Change
OFFER: Free entry
DATES: Sat 25th Aug

wirralIf you fancy taking a trip to the otherside of the Mersey this weekend or already live over that side, there’s a fun festival taking place. It promises to bring the World to your doorstep by offering flavours of dance, culture, and food from around the globe. Even better – it’s free, and there are loads of workshops and activities to get involved with, and performances to keep you entertained.

How to access: Pop along as it’s free entry, all you might need is a bit of spends for some food and drinks. See how to get to the Wirral from Liverpool by clicking here.

 

COMEDY: Bouncers at Liverpool’s Royal Court
OFFER: LJMU students can claim up to 4 FREE tickets on Mon and discounted £5 tickets on Tues and Weds
DATE: Mon 3rd – Weds 5th Sept
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Another classic comedy is returning to one of the best theatres in the city for what’s predicted to be another sellout. Even if you’ve seen Bouncers before, John Godber has revamped production and it’ll be exciting to see the new cast adding their own spin on the scouse ‘Doorman’ humour. If you want to make the most out your trip to the theatre, when booking your free or £5 tickets, just ask to add on a meal for only an extra £12… saves going anywhere else for food and plus the scouse is to-die-for!

How to access: book your tickets directly by calling the Royal Court box office on 0151 709 4321 or email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk to book your place and join us on a City Social.

 

FILM: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at the Liverpool Philharmonic
OFFER: LJMU students can claim 2 FREE tickets
DATE: Tues 11th Sept
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After 10 years, one of our all-time favourite films is back on the big screen for part 2. Join Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and most of the original Mamma Mia cast for a night of ABBA classics, with an optional bit dancing and singing in your seats. If you’ve not had a chance to see it yet or fancy another go at belting out Waterloo, then this offer is definitely for you. What’s more, you can drag a friend or family member along for the action or join us on our City Social event…all for FREE! “Knowing me, knowing you… ah-haa!”

How to access: book your tickets directly by calling the Philharmonic box office on 0151 709 3789 or email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk to book your place and join us on our City Social.
FOOD & DRINK: Liverpool Food & Drink Festival in Sefton Park
OFFER: Discounted (Up to 46% off) tickets.
DATES: Sat 15th & Sun 16th Sept

We can’t believe it’s 11 years since Sefton Park started to accommodate the weekend festival and showcase some of the city’s best independent food and drink companies. Foodie or not, buying a ticket will not disappoint as there’s so much on offer from meeting some of finest chefs to shopping at the artisan goods stalls and tasting a selection of sweet and savoury treats. Plus if the weathers nice, soak up the sun in one of Liverpool’s amazing parks.

How to access: Go to Groupon for discounted tickets.

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Whatever you decide to do, have a great last few weeks of the Summer Break and see you when you’re back for the new academic year. For a list of our hot picks for Freshers’ then keep a look out for our next blog.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what’s keeping you entertained this summer so tag us in on social media @LJMUStudentOpps

Exam Referrals & Deferrals Week: Things to Do

If you’re around this week to do an exam referral or deferral, we know it isn’t without all the normal assessment stress and worry. So if you’re feeling like you need some help keeping your nerves at bay or with anything else, your LJMU Student Advice & Wellbeing Department is here to help. We’ve also compiled a short list of things you can do in Liverpool this week to relax your mind, take a breather and get focused, along with a few suggested places to go for some well-needed celebrations on finishing.

Where to go for help:
All timetable information can be found on the LJMU student intranet. This page also provides any information about the exam, codes of conduct and the exam locations, as well as support for if you cannot sit your exam or require extra exam provision.

Where to switch off for a break:
Tate Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool
Lifestyles Fitness Centres
World Museum

New Brighton

 

Where to go to celebrate finishing:

Bongo’s Bingo

Baltic Market

Liverpool Grand Central

Concert Square

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Wishing you all the best of luck and see you for the new academic year or even better if it’s your final year, see you at winter graduations. Don’t miss out on all the free or discounted offers and events coming this September… keep a look out on our social media pages for updates and be the first to see what’s on.

 

Instagram – @LJMUSTUDENTOPPS

Facebook – LJMU Student Opportunities

Twitter – @LJMUStudentOpps

 

 

Student Hot-desking: Best study spots around Liverpool

It might be warm outside, but we’re well aware that many of you lovely lot are carrying on studies across the summer months. Whilst we love our LJMU libraries, and there’s no denying they’re the best place to be for peace and quiet, research resources and friendly faces behind the reception desk, we know that sometimes working out of the library can get a bit repetitive. So whether you’re on a March start course, currently sweating over your Masters dissertation or battling that (ever) ongoing PhD thesis, we’ve created a list of great spaces for you to mix up your study routine.

Central Library
Ah, from one library to another? This could be boring if Liverpool’s Central Library wasn’t such a sight to behold. With interiors like the one below, and a staircase system which could rival Hogwarts, Liverpool’s Central Library is somewhere you should absolutely spend the occasional study day. Even if you do stop for a photo break every 20 mins….

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LEAF on Bold Street
If you’re the sort of person who works well to a great soundtrack and doesn’t get too distracted by chitter chatter, LEAF on Bold Street is the place for you. The ambient lighting is very relaxing and with reasonably priced teas, you can work your way through the flavours without splashing too much cash. There almost always seems to be a seat near a plug available as well which you would expect from every independent cafe.

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Cafe 38 at the Royal Court Theatre
With a mixture of comfy benches and desk-like window seats, the cafe at the Royal Court caters for many types of workers. If it were us, we’d be perched at a window seat for hours, taking the occasional glance at the world passing by behind the glass. If you’re working on a creative subject, who’s to say one of those passers-by won’t end up the basis for a new character or plot line? For all us non-creatives out there, there are homemade cakes from £2 and plug sockets aplenty… what’s not to love?

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Cow & Co Cafe
Is this one of the cutest cafes in Liverpool? We think so. With minimal seating and a steady flow of customers, you might be at risk of not getting a table in this lovely little place. However for the summer months you have the ideal option of working outside, or for more seats and a less busy environment their upstairs space is great too albeit a little dark. Whilst there aren’t any plugs going downstairs, it is a bright, light space with a small green park to look out over. Oh and there’s the small matter of the pooch pamper place next door which makes the cafe like an unplanned doggy catwalk. Could there be a better distraction?

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Tate Liverpool Cafe
If you’re looking for a space to get those creative juices flowing, it doesn’t get much better than the Cafe at Tate Liverpool. The white walls and colourful flag decorations will keep you focused, and if you need a little distraction or inspiration, there’s a whole art gallery at your fingertips. Don’t forget that LJMU students get 10% off in the cafe too so if you’re in it for the long haul (or… y’know, a whole day), that’s something to bring the cost down a bit. Just don’t forget your LJMU student or staff ID card.

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Walker Art Gallery Cafe
Okay, so you walk up a million fancy sandstone steps, you see the statues, you see the iron railing and you’re not sure this is the right place for you to feel relaxed. But the Walker Art Gallery Cafe couldn’t be further from a fancy-pants study space. Open daily from 10am to 4:45pm, the Cafe is filled with the buzz of informal chatter and the fantastic pillars create lovely corners, nooks and crannies for disappearing away from the world outside. Why not tie it in with your discounted trip to see the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum down the road? Turn up at the Ticket Office at 9:30am, get yourself a timeslot and work away until then. Who said studying needs to be intense?

Hotdesking Walker Cafe

So there we have it; LJMU student hot-desking around Liverpool.
We realise our suggestions might leave a small dent in your budget or even leave you with a coffee addiction… but sometimes it’s important to shake up your routine or treat yourself with a slightly more extravagant study day or even couple of hours. You deserve it! Got anymore to add? Let us know @LJMUStudentOpps or studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk!

 

Intern Opportunity – Come join us!

Fancy being the next LJMU Student Opportunities Intern? If you’ve just graduated and now looking for a new job, or currently doing a Post Graduate at LJMU and need a bit of extra cash then why not apply to join the team on a 9-month internship. You may already be aware of the team and what we do but if not here’s an overview, and even better we’ve got our most recent graduates Lucy and Lewis to tell you first-hand of their experiences interning with us (no bribes were given, we promise!).

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Overview: Not only do the team promote free and discounted offers for LJMU students to access some of the city’s finest cultural and sporting venues and experiences, but they also help them get to know the city of Liverpool and have a great experience at Liverpool John Moores University. What’s more, the Student Opportunities Team run events throughout the year to help students; de-stress, meet new people, save money and most of all you make the most of their time spent in Liverpool. From a culture crawl around the city to a yoga class in an art gallery, there are loads of ways the team get LJMU students immersed in city life for FREE. Please see the link to our webpage for more information by clicking here or check out our social media sites @LJMUStudentOpps .

lucyLucy Clarke (LJMU English and Drama graduate): My time working as a Student Opportunities intern has been greatly rewarding. I vaguely remember my first day working with the team, unaware of how much I would enjoy the experience and how much the team would allow us to get involved with. 6 months have truly flown by and I’m very grateful for all the team have done for me. As an intern, they created a relaxed, friendly environment that made raising any questions, queries or concerns easy. I’ve found all their help invaluable and they’ve always encouraged me to be confident and believe in myself.

No two days were the same in the office which I loved as it always keeps you on your toes. You’re not sat behind your desk all day every day. You’ll be out meeting students most days for a couples of hours or other days in a meeting. I’ve also really enjoyed being able to have lots of creative freedom when it came to creating and devising my own projects, the team always supported my ideas and helped me to develop and improve on them.  It’s also been a great experience to be able to explore the culture in Liverpool alongside the students as I’ve been learning as much as they have! I think the team have been amazing at making this a fun, enjoyable experience whilst still enabling us to take on as much responsibility as we wanted to and get involved as much as possible! I would definitely recommend using this internship as a way to push yourself when it comes to creating your own projects. It’s a safe space to experiment and create work that you’re passionate and interested in creating without the pressure of reaching targets, so make sure you enjoy the experience.

lewisLewis Wren (LJMU MSc Creative Writing student): When I first started as a Student Opportunities intern I had a few ideas about what the job may entail and most of them came from an incorrect presumption that it was basically the SU. I quickly realised that this small and dedicated team of people that make up Student Opps are a vital, and often unappreciated, part of what all universities should be striving for.

One thing that was a great shame – and something I was guilty of myself whilst I was at university – was the abundance of students that seemed nonplussed by the free events they could attend on a weekly basis. I tried to think back on what stopped me taking up the offer in my first two years to find answers (it could be the favourable appeal of drunken nights out, or the workload or just sheer laziness) but being a part of this team and putting so much work into interesting events, everything from talking to hundreds of students, making promotion and posting across different social media platforms just to have a handful of students sign up at first frustrated me, until I met those students who did. Events like the City Socials attracted a small but regular group of students each week and once I found out more about them and why they came, it was all well and truly worth it. From international students that felt a sense of displacement to students who were feeling stressed or lonely, or that the ship had sailed after freshers and they didn’t feel they made many friends, these events gave them a place to go, a second chance, or a much needed break from whatever was bothering them. It was an incredibly rewarding thing to witness and managed to warm even my icy, icy heart.

When I was settled into the role I was asked about my interests and was given the chance to make a project that would both sharpen my skills and be a good thing to put on the old CV. I want to be a writer, so I decided to lead a team of student bloggers who would go out to the events, write about them and then send their work to me so I could edit it and post it onto LJMU’s WordPress. Little things like being given the freedom to take this on myself and being constantly encouraged to soak up everything I possibly could so that I could me after the internship ended was a kind of ‘above and beyond’ support that I’ve never had before and it’s something I appreciate more than they will know.

 

The internship is a great opportunity to learn new skills and have some amazing experiences, whilst most of all having a laugh. If any of this does appeal to you and you’d like to apply then just hit the link http://bit.ly/2L78jK6

 

We all look forward to hopefully meeting you.

Graduation 2018: All of the Offers

We can’t quite believe that it’s almost that time of year again, but next week we get to celebrate the incredible achievements of our LJMU students at the Summer 2018 Graduation!! Whether graduating with an undergraduate degree or picking up your doctorate, you’ve all worked so hard and deserve to have a fantastic day celebrating YOU.

So whilst you’re around the city, and for many of you with friends and family in toe, we’ve drawn up a list of food discounts and things you can do with over Grad week. It’s gonna be a good one!

Liverpool Cathedral
I mean, it doesn’t get closer than the actual building you’re graduating in right?! The beautiful Liverpool Cathedral is a great place to visit all times of the year, but filled with the excitement of graduation, it’s on another level.

Things To Do: Whilst you’re in there for graduation, why not use the opportunity to visit the Cathedral Tower? The views are incredible, and it would be a brilliant way of showing a plus one friend or family member your fab city in a short space of time, not to mention a total Liverpool bucket list activity! Tickets can be accessed from your LJMU Student Opportunities Team office (0151 231 3714) or from the SAW Central reception desk in the Aquinas Building.

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Royal Court Theatre

Food To Eat – The Royal Court’s Courtyard Bar & Kitchen will be offering graduates and their families 3 plates and a glass of fizz for £20. They have also kindly said that if graduates just want to go in for a drink, they can have a free glass of fizz on them if you can prove you’re a graduate!

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Everyman Theatre

Things To Do – There is a fantastic play to see every single night of the week at the Everyman next week as the Rep Company wow us with their final week of performances. The full list of what’s on and when can be found here. Tickets are just £5 for LJMU students and anyone who qualifies for YEP membership, and around £16 for any other adults. If you’re willing to risk it and wait though there could be some last minute cheaper tickets on the doors!

Food To Eat – Throughout Graduation Week the Everyman Bistro will also be offering bottomless Pimms cream teas. Yes you heard right. BOTTOMLESS PIMMS AND CAKES. Wow. More details about prices and so on will be released on the @liveveryplate Twitter/Instagram site over the next few days!

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Tate Liverpool

Whilst the Tate is a little further to walk than other places in the City Centre, it shouldn’t take much more than 15 mins from the Cathedral and is a great location to show off the Docks to your friends and family.

Things To Do – On next week at the Tate are Constellations, which is a collection of the best pieces from the nation’s collection of modern art, Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman featuring drawings and photography from two fantastic artists, and Open Eye Gallery and XUZHEN®’s Physique of Consciousness workshop, which will be ‘the first cultural fitness exercise ever made’. Whilst all are free for LJMU students, non-students must pay £12.50 on the door or £10 if booking in advance for the Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman exhibition.

Food To Eat
– As always the Tate Cafe will be open 10am-5pm every day throughout graduation. The light and bright space will be great on a sunny day and will offer a slightly different vibe to other restaurants, cafes and bars in the city. LJMU students can get 10% off all orders by flashing your LJMU student ID card.

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National Museums Liverpool
Things To Do: You’ll all know by now that Liverpool has an amazing selection of museums dotted around the city, with National Museums Liverpool boasting 8 museums and galleries as in the pic below. Entry is free for many of them including the Museum of Liverpool, which is currently displaying the Double Fantasy exhibition which tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words. Don’t forget that LJMU students can go to see the fantastic Terracotta Warriors in the World Museum as well for just £2. Whilst the discount doesn’t apply for friends and family, this is a once in a lifetime experience and well worth the ticket price for anyone visiting the city!

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On top of LJMU’s cultural partnerships, there are some other brilliant Graduation food offers around Liverpool. You can check out the official LJMU Graduation page to find some fab deals around the Hope St area here or just have a search on Google or Twitter.

Whatever you do, have a ball…
We are so proud – congratulations to you all!

Summer Socials with Student Opps

City Socials might have finished for the summer, but there are still so many great things going on over the next few months that we just couldn’t bear to leave it another 3 months without meeting up. So if you’re a PGR student, a PGT student, on a March-start course or just sticking around in Liverpool over the summer, come along!

As usual, we’ll be meeting up before the events in the LSU John Foster Social Zone and walking down/up to wherever the event is. Unfortunately as these events are not part of the City Socials project, some of the events will have a very small cost attached so just remember to bring money along if you need to 🙂 To sign up for any of the events, please email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or message us on social media at least by midday on the day of the event. There might hopefully be some room for people to just turn up, but it you book on beforehand it just means you are guaranteed a place!

So in chronological order, here they are:

Event: Film – The Shape of Water
Date: Tue 3rd July
Location: Liverpool Philharmonic
Price: FREE
I know we go on about it all the time, but seeing a film at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall really is an amazing experience; from the Walturdaw screen to the resident organist, to the Art Deco building to the fact it’s FREE… how can you resist?! On the 3rd July we’ll be going to watch this year’s big Oscar-winner ‘The Shape of Water’ in this beautiful setting. If you haven’t already heard much about the film, the basic plot follows a mute caretaker who falls in love with a sea creature…. so it should be interesting!

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Event: Mam! I’m ‘Ere
Date: Tue 17th July
Location: Royal Court Theatre
Price: FREE
From the tranquil shores of Greece to… err a caravan site in Wales… this is a tale you already know but with a brilliant Scouse twist (and absolutely no Abba songs in sight). This Royal Court classic is packed full of all our favourite cast members, and is set to have you boogieing out of the theatre with sore sides from all the laughter. Please note there are other free tickets for the performance of Mam! I’m ‘Ere on the Monday 16th July, but we will be taking a small group to see the show with a FREE meal beforehand! Tickets are very limited so book in asap if your want to come along.

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Event: Twilight Thursdays
Date: Thursday 26th July
Location: Liverpool Cathedral
Price: FREE
We’re very sad that the free cathedral offer is coming to an end (for those of you who haven’t claimed your free tickets yet, you have until 31st July to use your pass!), so we have decided to make the most of the last chance LJMU students can access the fabulous Twilight Thursday tour of the tower. So if you want to come along to catch the incredible sun setting over the city, get in touch! We promise the view will not disappoint.

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Event: Terracotta Warriors Exhibition CANCELLED
Date: N/A
Location: World Museum
Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to operational difficulties. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would still like to see the incredible Terracotta Warriors on your exclusive LJMU £2 offer, please click here for further info.

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Event: Op Art in Focus
Date: Tue 28th August
Location: Tate Liverpool
Price: FREE
As we say farewell to a number of amazing exhibitions which have graced Tate Liverpool over the first half of this year, we welcome some brilliant new ones next month including Op Art in Focus. This new exhibition will display leading figures of the optical art movement which emerged in the 1960s. According to Tate Liverpool’s website there will be ‘lines, geometric shapes and eye popping colour to create artworks that fool the eye’. We’ll walk down to the Docks to see this new exhibition at this event so keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather!

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Summer of fun: The best Liverpool events for 2018

Whilst we know many students have finished uni for the summer (woohoo go you), shout out to our post-grad researchers, Masters students and nursing and other courses who are cracking on over the next few months! Whether you’re stuck in the library or free as a bird right now, there are plenty of events happening in Liverpool over the summer which you all definitely deserve to head out and enjoy. In addition to those below, your Student Opps Team will be posting a number of summer events which you can also attend soon, keep your eyes on our social media for them! So get your phone/pens out and get the following in your diary:

Africa Oye
Date: Sat 16th & Sun 17th June
Location: Sefton Park
Cost: FREE
About: Africa Oye is one of many amazing free festivals taking place across Liverpool this summer, and in our eyes should be right at the top of your Liverpool student bucket list. Not only does it boast the title of the ‘UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture’ (London, who?), there are also loads of stalls offering incredible things to eat, drink and buy. The festival attracts half of Liverpool (accurate head count) each year, and with every good reason; it’s impossible to leave after the festival without a huge grin on your face and that warm feeling of community.

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Southport Air Show / Southport Flower Show
Date: Fri 6th – Sun 8th July / Thu 16th – Sun 19th August
Location: Southport Beach / Victoria Park
Cost: From £5.50 per ticket / £20 per ticket
About: It might not be in the City Centre, but just 45 mins on the train from Central and you’ll arrive at the sunny little seaside town of Southport. It’s worth having a wander along the Southport Pier, climbing around the local sand dunes and having a window shop on Lord St, but there are a few annual events which now put Southport on the map. Do you adore all things aviation? The Southport Air Show is the perfect day out for you, with flight simulators and aircraft displays such as the Red Arrows! If flora and fauna are a bit more your thing, then head along to the Southport Flower Show in August. As the largest independent flower show in the UK, it’s not cheap but rumour has it that our beloved Flo off of GBBO will be there this year!

Celebrating Bold Street
Date: Sun 8th July
Location: Bold Street
Cost: FREE
About: Do you even live in Liverpool if you don’t lust after all of Bold Street’s independent treats all the time?? Whether it’s those mad Mowgli chat bombs, Love Thy Neighbour’s Buddha Bowls or one of LEAF’s legendary cuppas, there’s a lot to love about this place so obvs we love the idea of a party to celebrate it. According to Culture Liverpool these fantastic shops and restaurants ‘will come out onto the pavements to showcase their respective offers – from arts, crafts and gifts to delicious foods and drinks from around the world’. Support independents and have a ball at the same time… what’s not to love?!

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Biennial – Beautiful World, Where Are You?
Date: Sat 14th July – Sun 28th October
Location: Across Liverpool
Cost: FREE
About: Now celebrating it’s 20th year of presenting contemporary art around the region, this year’s Biennial titled ‘Beautiful World, where are you?’ raises reflection ‘on a world of social, political and economic turmoil’ by artists and audiences alike. Artworks will be presented around all of our favourite locations such as the Playhouse Theatre, Tate Liverpool and St. George’s Hall, and honestly there’s so much to see, it’s a good job it’s on for a while! We’re particularly excited about artist Mohamed Bourouissa’s installation of a healing garden in Toxteth in collab with Granby Four Streets CLT and a local primary school, and the large-scale sculpture being set up on Exchange Flags reflecting Liverpool architecture by artist Holly Hendry.

LIMF – Liverpool International Music Festival 
Date: Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July
Location: Sefton Park
Cost: £5 per day
About: Ohhh yes, LIMF is back for another year and although it’s now got a (small) cost, that pales into significance for how awesome this event is. This year’s line up includes Example & DJ Wire, Wiley, Jax Jones, Basement Jaxx and Hacienda Classical – and that’s just a few from the main stage! With a great crossover of all genres and a mixture of well-known artists and emerging talent, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this fantastic festival.

Liverpool Pride
Date: Sat 28th & Sun 29th July
Location: Across Liverpool
Cost: FREE
About: Liverpool Pride is just amazing. Now a huge date on the Merseyside event calendar with an estimated 50,000 joining in the celebration last year, there are loads of events on across the city over the weekend. LJMU Together will again be representing the Uni at this year’s Pride March on the Saturday to celebrate and honour diversity around our city – students and staff are heartily invited to join in!

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Folk on the Dock
Date: Sat 25th – Mon 27th August
Location: Albert Dock
Cost: FREE
About: This fabulous folk festival is now in its third year and showing no signs of slowing down. The first confirmed acts for this year are double Ivor Novello award winner Chris Difford and BBC Folk Award winner Daoirí Farrell, with looooads more artists set to be announced over the event’s Twitter page @FolkOnTheDock. What a way to spend a Bank Holiday!

Pirates on the Dock
Date: Sat 15th & Sun 16th September
Location: Albert Dock
Cost: FREE
About: It’s not on until a lot later in the summer but this September event, really will provide fun for all the family! Expect live cannon battles, theatrical sword fights, shanti singing and of course a costume competition… need we say any more? Go and scour your dressing up box for your headband and eye patch!

 

LSU’s Rachael Smart: Diversity and Change at the Philharmonic Hall

The Philharmonic Hall is one of several cultural partners with LJMU, who offer students the opportunity to go and see a wide range of shows for free throughout the year. Trying something new can prove to be a great de-stresser from work and the fact that you don’t have to spend anything can only make it better! We sent Rachael Smart, VP for activities with the SU to go and watch a show at the Phil to experience the diverse and exciting steps it is taking to appeal to a new generation.  

As VP for activitiraches with the Liverpool SU, I’m always looking to encourage societies to discover new events and venues on their socials, so that not only do they get to try something new as a team, but can also discover more about their city.  
 
I recently went to see Tokio Myers at the Philharmonic Hall thanks to Student Opportunities and it was a brilliant experience. I haven’t had the chance to see anything other than a film at the venue before, and was looking forward to seeing a show that exemplifies why the Phil is such a brilliant Liverpool institution. On entering I was greeted by really friendly, helpful and happy staff which reminded me of my favourite ‘student friendly’ venues where regular SU events are held. Needless to say, the venue is amazing and it was refreshing to look around and see a relatively young audience visiting this beautiful and historical hall. Tokio Myers was gave an incredible performance and he really encompassed what the Philharmonic are trying to do by mixing classical music and adding his own contemporary twist.
 
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The opening act was a group consisting of three members and they set a laid back tone for the evening with all original songs that were gorgeous, one even made me cry a little bit! Then for the main event, Tokio Myers was greeted onto the stage by an extremely excited audience and he had an abundance of energy that was extremely infectious. The music he created live on stage filled the massive hall beautifully, as did the silences. The show was a perfect fitting for the venue as Myers’ striking visuals stunned the audience and further created different atmospheres to fit his diverse range of music.
 
I’m hoping to go back again soon and will encourage groups of students to see some more of what the Philharmonic has to offer because of how they are experimenting with their diversity of shows. They are taking the right steps to introduce a new generation to the venue by giving students an opportunity to see a wide range of traditional and modern shows throughout the year for completely free. So if you want to watch a film, a live podcast, a classical show or a concert, the Phil will always have something interesting on offer for LJMU students to see for free.
Rachael Smart, Vice President Activities

LJMU students get 2x free tickets for a wide range of shows at the Philharmonic Hall throughout the year. Click here to find out what’s on offer for the rest of the season.

 

 

 

Family Fun: Half Term & Summer Family Events in Liverpool

Summer is almost here and, as always, Liverpool is spoiling us all with all of the amazing and diverse family friendly activities on offer. So why not get the family together, get out in the sun and make the summer of 2018 one to remember.

All Aboard the Pirate Ship!
pirate shipAll hands on deck! This family concert from the Phil looks like the best way to unleash the inner pirate in all of us. Landlubbers big and small are encouraged to don cardboard eye patches and feather duster parrots and join a musical adventure where you can “hear from Jack Sparrow, explore Fingal’s Cave, dance a hornpipe and sing a shanty or two”. To top it all off, children are invited to try out a range of instruments for themselves before the show starts in the “instrument petting zoo.” All together now, Yo Ho Yo Ho the pirates life for me!

When: Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2:30pm
Where: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Cost: 2 x FREE tickets for LJMU students. (Keep an eye out on our social media for our upcoming competition for this event where you could win free tickets for the whole family!)


The Terracotta Warriors
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The Terracotta warriors have been a smash hit since they arrived in Liverpool in February and people have flocked from far and wide to see them in their first ever exhibition outside of London. It’s not often that a man-made wonder of the world comes to visit you in your own back yard, so why not get the family together and take a trip through 2000 years of Chinese history?

When: Now – 28 October 2018
Where: World Museum
Cost:  £2 tickets for LJMU students, £5.50 for children aged between 6 and 17 years &
free for children aged 5 years and under.

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After your trip to the Terracotta Warriors is over, why not head up the road to the Walker Art Gallery where there is a dedicated (and incredibly colourful) space for children to create and explore. Big Art is designed to introduce children to art, giving them a place to paint, dress up, read and discover the little Picasso inside of them. There’s something for the grown ups too, the Walker Art gallery is home to hundreds of incredible sculptures and paintings that are all free to view.

When: Regular dates throughout the year.
Where: The Walker Art Gallery
Cost:  FREE (suggested donation to the gallery is £4).


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There is a new interactive exhibition where you get to be part of the art! Brazillian collective Opavivara! have created a show that is designed to get you talking to the other visitors by creating a relaxing and engaging environment to explore. Kids can go and try opavivthe animal printing station where they can decorate their skin in the style of an array of different wildlife whilst adults can go to the herbal tea station and create their own concoction of tea provided by LEAF. And finally, both big and small will love the giant and colourful hammock that anyone can lie in.

When: Now until 24 June 2018
Where: Tate Liverpool
Cost: FREE

Shrek the Musical
Shrek the MusicalShrek the Musical is back after a record-breaking UK and Ireland tour! The classic film about a brave Ogre’s fairy-tale adventure has been transformed into a smash-hit musical that arrives in Liverpool very soon. With a cast of loveable misfits, outlandish comedy and adventure on an epic scale, this show has become an instant classic and is sure to be a treat for all ages.

When: Tue 12th June – Sun 24th June 2018
Where: Empire Theatre
Cost: Prices range between £12 – £52 depending on where you’re sat. (no current discounts for students or children)

 

SplatterdayssplatterOn Saturdays at the recently revamped Unity Theatre, kids rule. In the morning 5-8 year olds can take part in a wide range of creative play, including storytelling, arts and crafts, quizzes and loads more. In the afternoon 9-13 year olds can join the performing arts club where they will have the chance to try their hand at creative writing, art & design and unleash the inner thespian in them as they learn to act. And grown-ups, don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about you. The Unity has a jam-packed schedule of interesting and diverse theatre and performances which you can get discount to as a student, so there really is something for everyone at the Unity.

When: Every Saturday
Where: Unity Theatre
Cost:  £5 per child per session

Museum of the Moon
Take a trip to the moon with this incredible instillation by Luke Jerram. He combines ‘lunar imagery, moonlight and a surround-soundscape by BAFTA and Ivor moonNovello award-winning composer Dan Jones to create an awe-inspiring experience’ that the whole family will love. You’ll be able to see a detailed view of the moon thanks to NASA imagery that has been meticulously reproduced on a 1:500,000 scale and lit up from inside. Whilst you’re there, why not head up to the top of the tower to see Liverpool from 500 ft above sea level?

When: 25 May 2018 – 31 May 2018
Where: Liverpool Cathedral
Cost:  FREE (booking required) (LJMU students get a free pass to the top of the tower which includes a pass for a guest)

Sefton Park
Sefton Park offers plenty to do for the whole family whatever the weather. If it’s a sunny day you can take a picnic and relax whilst the kids go and run around on thepalm playground, or if you get caught in a shower why not take a trip to the recently restored Palm House containing a host of plant life from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe that’s sure to make the kids feel like intrepid explorers.

When: Every Day (Plam House opening hours are 10.00am to 8.00pm daily)
Where: Sefton Park 
Cost:  FREE


By Lewis Wren – Student Opportunities Intern