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Liverpool Guild of Students is the students' union of the University of Liverpool.[2] The Guild was founded in 1889, with the building constructed in 1911.

Liverpool Guild of Students
InstitutionUniversity of Liverpool
PresidentRory Hughes
Other officers
  • Hannah Nguyen
    Deputy President
  • Esther Bukoye
  • Jonathon Foster
Membersc. 26,000[1]
AffiliationsNational Union of Students, Aldwych Group

The title also refers to the Guild of Students building, which is the centre point of activity in student life at the University and is run by the four sabbatical officers who are elected annually in an all-student ballot. Following a £14.25m refurbishment in 2013, it now contains a cinema, a theatre, a shop, two dance studios, four bars, a 2,300 capacity gig venue and an underground nightclub.[3] This is as well as administrative offices and society meeting rooms. The Guild regularly hosts live music, theatre and comedy.[4]



The Board of Trustees are responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the union, making the financial decisions, responding to student demands and ensuring activities are within union aims and remain within the law. The board consists of 12 trustees: the 4 student officers, 4 student trustees and 4 external trustees. The chair of the Board is ex officio the Guild President.[5]


The Guild building

Origins of the GuildEdit

The origins of the Guild may be traced back to the establishment in 1892 of two Students' Representative Councils at University College, Liverpool. However, students were forming societies long before this, such as the Athletic Club in 1885, the Medical Students' Debating Society (later known as the Liverpool Medical Students Society) in 1874, the Women's Literary Society, and the Arts and Debating Society in 1888, among others. The University College Magazine documented the activities of these new groups, being first published in 1886.[6][7] The Guild building has been located on Mount Pleasant since 1911.[8]

20th centuryEdit

The Guild building is the work of Charles Herbert Reilly and was originally built with the west side for women and east for men, with the architecture of the building reflecting this. The building was built in three stages; the original building, housing the Gilmour Hall (then the debating chamber) was built in 1911. The middle section was built in the 1930s and the largest part, housing the Mountford Hall and the Courtyard was opened in 1966.[9]

21st century and refurbishmentEdit

In 2013 a £13.8 million refurbishment began on the Guild of Students building, in order to generally improve the building and add a new bar, cafe, and meeting areas.[8][10] The Guild hadn’t been renovated since the early 1990s. The work was long overdue, and the changes where enormous. The Liverpool Guild of Students had been living in a temporary and much smaller home at 3-5 Abercromby Square. During this the Guild endeavoured to continue its services and offer opportunities to its student population and many societies.

History of live musicEdit

Liverpool Guild of Students has a long-established history in live music and has been providing a venue for events since the opening of its main room, the Mountford hall since 1965. During its history as a music venue, The Guild has played host to some of the biggest names, acts such as The Who, The pretenders, The Clash and Joy Division all having played sell out, main room, shows. More recently the venue has seen shows from James, Scouting for Girls and 30 Seconds to Mars to name a few, in the main room and The Damned, Juliette Lewis and The Futureheads who have preferred the intimacy of the in-house theatre.[11]

Green GuildEdit

Green Guild started in October 2013 encompassing a wide range of initiatives for embedding sustainability across the University community.

Green GownEdit

In 2015 the Guild was a finalist prestigious Green Gown Award from The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC). The Guild was highly commended by the judges receiving special mention at the awards dinner. Three interrelated themes of Education, Engagement and Outreach were driven by three members of staff and included student leadership at each stage of the award. The total student engagements through the project exceeded 5000 out of a target of 2000 and included:

A total of 151 trained student leaders were recruited (30 Bee keepers, 26 Gardeners, 38 Seed Fund team members, 34 Curriculum Researchers, 16 Student Switch Off Ambassadors and seven Green Impact Auditors) Some were employed to support curriculum research through surveys and leading focus groups on ESD. We worked with a cross-institutional working group to formulate recommendations on ESD now approved for implementation by the Student Experience Committee.[12]

Green SchoolsEdit

Green Schools is part of Liverpool Guild of Students ‘Green Guild’ project, in which students lead on community outreach. Student volunteers deliver fun and interactive sessions on a variety of sustainability issues and help schools to develop a ‘sustainable social enterprise project’ in their community.

School teams visit the Guild located at the heart of the University campus for a day to plan their project, pitch their ideas to each other and receive a small grant towards their project. The University’s students inspire a younger generation to live sustainably, with themed lessons worked into the curriculum and workshops on project management skills.

From collection drives for project materials to making bird feeders or upcycled products, Green Schools offers support to schools so they can showcase their green project, take part in fundraising and spread ideas for greener living among the community in various areas of Merseyside.[13]


Sphinx NewspaperEdit

The Liverpool Guild of Students once published the Liverpool Student newspaper, which was a joint publication with Liverpool Students' Union and Liverpool Hope Students' Union, until it closed down in May 2007 because of increasing costs and declining advertising revenues. Shortly after, in 2007, the Guild produced its own official publication, Sphinx magazine, referring to the original student publication of the Guild established in 1893. Sphinx itself folded by the start of September 2008 due to rising costs and a lack of advertising revenue. However, the paper was revived online in 2015 with Natasha Kondrashova and Matthew Jaffa as Editors. It has since enjoyed a substantial increase in popularity and circulation, winning 'Biggest Impact on University Campus' in 2017 under Editors Kelly Barnett and Tom Marchant and releasing the first print edition of the paper in 2018 by Jess Molyneux and Heather Fallon as Editor-in-Chiefs.

Sphinx OnlineEdit

In 2008, although not officially organised by the Guild, Sphinx magazine was eventually replaced with the web based venture, LSMedia (Liverpool Student Media). In 2011, under editor Matt Healy, LSMedia was shortlisted for a Guardian Student Media award under the category "Website of the Year".[14] In late 2015, under direct Guild supervision, LSMedia as a society folded due to a lack of student interest, being replaced by a new online version of The Sphinx student publication.[15] Ellipsis magazine was the only print edition at the University until 2018 when The Sphinx released their own print newspaper as a result of increased membership and funding from the Student Union.

Radio StationEdit

The Guild is also home to LSRadio (Liverpool Student Radio), a student run, internet radio station; which is also a registered society of the Guild. The society was founded in 1961 as the Liverpool Amateur Radio Society[16] by a radio enthusiast group, that broadcast under the callsign 'G3OUL'. The radio station is alleged to be the one of oldest student radio stations in the UK. The station in its lifespan has gone under many different identities, including XSLive (1998-2002) and ICON Radio (2002-2011), before rebranding to LSRadio in 2011,[17] to align itself with the now dissolved LSMedia.

LSRadio is currently unable to broadcast live shows in any of the bars or restaurants inside the Guild; thus live shows and additional content are only available online, via the LSRadio website and mobile applications such as TuneIn. Nonetheless, LSRadio is able broadcast pre-recorded shows in the Guild, however these are usually subject to editorial approval by the Guild. Notable LSRadio alumni include BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw, Tulip Mazumdar from BBC News, and Hannah Colson from the Ministry of Sound. LSRadio is a registered member of the Student Radio Association. [18]


Liverpool Medical Students SocietyEdit

In November 2014, an investigation was launched into the activities of the Liverpool Medical Students' Society, following the release of a script for the annual 'Smoker' event, causing public controversy.[19] In January 2016, the Liverpool Guild of Students in conjunction with the University of Liverpool decided to de-ratify the LMSS, and prohibit all activities and communication in official matters claiming, "Deadlines for engaging with an action plan were extended on three occasions, but despite our best efforts, this action plan was not delivered."[20] The LMSS responded, stating that its members had been threatened with formal 'Fitness to Practice' investigations if they did not co-operate,[21] a claim refuted by the Guild.[22] In response to the controversy, a petition was mounted, calling for the resignation of the Liverpool Guild of Students' then President, Harry Anderson, for "isolating the LMSS's 1,500 students". As of 21 January 2016, this petition has over 1,300 signatures.[23]


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