Liverpool Guild of Students

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Liverpool Guild of Students
Liverpool Guild of Students Logo.png
Location Liverpool
Established 1889
President Harry Anderson

Liverpool Guild of Students is the students' union of the University of Liverpool (not to be confused with the Liverpool Students' Union which represents Liverpool John Moores University). The guild was founded in 1889 with the building constructed in 1911.

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. It contains various bars and cafes as well as administrative offices, meeting rooms, training facilities and the Athletics Union. It also hosts live music, theatre and comedy.[1]


The Liverpool Guild of Students building

Liverpool Guild of Students was founded in 1889 when the university's bosses agreed to provide a campus reading room for students.[2] The Guild building has been located on Mount Pleasant since 1911.[3]

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.[4]

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.[3][5] The building has since re-opened, with the Guild having been located in temporary premises in the meantime.[2][5]


LGoS used to publish 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, LGoS produced its own official publication, Sphinx magazine, referring to the original student publication of the Guild in the early 1900s. Sphinx itself folded by the start of September 2008 due to rising costs and a lack of advertising revenue.

Although not officially organised by LGoS, Sphinx magazine was 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".[6]

The Guild is also home to a student run, internet radio station, LSRadio. Founded in 1961 as radio enthusiast group, Liverpool Amateur Radio Society, the station has gone under many different names including XSLive in the 90s, ICON Radio between 2002 and 2011, before rebranding as LSRadio in 2011. Notable LSRadio alumni include BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and Tulip Mazumdar. LSRadio is a member of the Student Radio Association.


  1. ^ Lytton, Charlotte (17 April 2013). "Liverpool Hope University guide". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Turner, Ben (8 January 2013). "Liverpool University’s Guild of Students £13.8m revamp to feature dry bar". Liverpool Echo. 
  3. ^ a b "Liverpool University £13.8m union upgrade plans released". BBC News. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Joseph Sharples (2004). Liverpool. Pevsner architectural guides. Yale University Press. pp. 221–222. ISBN 0300102585. 
  5. ^ a b Carter, Jack (15 May 2014). "University of Liverpool venue to reopen next month". Conference and Incentive Travel. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
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