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Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University
Motto Fortes fortuna adiuvat (Latin)
Motto in English
Fortune Assists the Bold
Established 1823 – Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts
1992 – Liverpool John Moores University
Type Public
Endowment £1.3 million[1]
Chancellor Sir. Brian Leveson
Vice-Chancellor Nigel Weatherill
Administrative staff
Students 24,680[3]
Undergraduates 20,410[3]
Postgraduates 4,270[3]
Location Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Campus Urban

     Navy blue

     Lime green
Affiliations University Alliance
Northern Consortium

Liverpool John Moores University (brevis: LJMU[4][5]) is a public research university[6] in the city of Liverpool, England with more than 24,000 students — 20,410 undergraduate students and 4,270 postgraduate students, making it the largest university in Liverpool by student population – as well as being the twentieth largest in the United Kingdom.[3] The university can trace its origins to the Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts, established in 1823 making it a contestant as the third-oldest university in England;[7] this later merged to become Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992, following an Act of Parliament the Liverpool Polytechnic became what is now Liverpool John Moores University.[8] It is a member of the University Alliance, a mission group of British universities which was established in 2007.[9] and the European University Association.


  • History 1
    • Origins 1.1
    • Present day 1.2
  • Campuses 2
  • Academic profile 3
    • Faculties 3.1
    • Teaching 3.2
    • Research 3.3
    • Libraries 3.4
      • Aldham Robarts library 3.4.1
      • Avril Robarts library 3.4.2
      • I M Marsh Campus library 3.4.3
    • Industry links 3.5
    • Foundation courses 3.6
    • Guest speakers 3.7
    • Painting Prize 3.8
    • Rankings 3.9
  • Student life 4
    • Student demographics 4.1
    • Students' Union 4.2
    • Sports 4.3
  • Notable alumni 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



Originally founded as a small mechanics institution (Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts) in 1823, the institution grew over the centuries by converging and amalgamating with different colleges before eventually becoming Liverpool Polytechnic.[4] The University also has a long history of providing training, education and research to the maritime industry, dating back to the formation of the Liverpool Nautical College in 1892.

The institution then became a university under the terms of the Victorian buildings found on a few of the campuses.[2]

Present day

The James Parsons Building at LJMU's City Campus

LJMU now has more than 24,000 students. LJMU was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2005.[10]

Currently, Liverpool John Moores University is receiving more applications than previously seen; according to data in 2009, the total number of applications submitted to LJMU was 27,784.[11]

On 14 April 2008, Dr Brian May CBE was inducted into the university as the fourth Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. Dr May is also the lead guitarist for the rock band Queen. He replaced outgoing Chancellor Cherie Booth QC, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Honorary fellows in attendance at the ceremony included Sir Patrick Moore and Pete Postlethwaite.[12] May was succeeded as Chancellor in 2013 by Sir Brian Leveson.

LJMU is a founding member of the Northern Consortium, an educational charity, owned by eleven universities in the north of England. Alongside LJMU, this group was co founded by The University of Bradford, The University of Huddersfield, Leeds Metropolitan University, The University of Leeds, The University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Manchester, The University of Salford, Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield.


The university is based primarily on three campuses:

  • City Campus, housing buildings from many faculties in and around Liverpool city centre
  • Mount Pleasant Campus, close to the city centre, home to the faculty of Business and Law
  • I M Marsh Campus, in Aigburth housing the Education, Community and Leisure faculty

Academic profile


The university is organised into four faculties (which are each split into schools or centres), most of the faculties are based at a particular campus site however, with many joint honours degrees and some conventional degrees, the faculties overlap meaning students' degrees are from both faculties. The four faculties are:

     Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

     Faculty of Education, Health and Community

  • Centre for Public Health
  • School of Education, Leisure and Sport Studies
  • School of Nursing and Allied Health
  • School of Teacher Education and Professional Learning

     Faculty of Science

     Faculty of Technology and Environment

  • School of the Built Environment
  • School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations


In Engineering the Times Good University guide rates Liverpool John Moores University at 23rd in the UK for Mechanical Engineering and 17th for General Engineering.

LJMU is also one of the UK's top universities for teaching and research in Sports and Exercise Sciences.[13][14] The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) awarded LJMU £4.5 million over five years for the establishment of a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The CETL award recognises LJMU's record for Physical Education, Dance, Sport and Exercises Sciences. LJMU is the only United Kingdom university to be awarded an Ofsted Grade A in Physical Education and it is also the premier institution for both teaching and research in Sport and Exercise Sciences.[14]

LJMU was also chosen (ahead of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University) to deliver the academic side of a national scheme called the New Entrepreneurs Scholarship, which is supported by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and The Prince's Trust.


Mount Pleasant Campus Centre

According to the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2014 (RAE 2014), LJMU every unit of assessment we submitted was rated as at least 45% internationally excellent or better.[15]

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 key LJMU results

• LJMU demonstrates World-leading research in 77% of submitted disciplines (ie. 13 out of 17 UoAs have 4* research) • On the basis of the proportion of World-leading and internationally excellent (4*+3*) research, LJMU is ranked 61st of the 128 UK universities that submitted more than a single UoA • LJMU research impact is rated as internationally excellent in all subject areas • All 17 UoAs have internationally excellent research and 96% of LJMU research submitted to REF 2014 is of international quality or better • LJMU has almost doubled the proportion of activity rated internationally excellent or above (34% in RAE2008 to 66% in REF2014) • 72% of the institution’s research impact activity is rated as internationally excellent or world-leading • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism achieved 97% of research activity 3* & 4* overall • The University more than doubled the volume of 4* (world-leading) activity (from 8% in RAE2008 to 18% in REF2014) .


Aldham Robarts LRC as viewed from Mount Pleasant gardens

There are currently three libraries based at the three campus sites operated by LJMU. The two largest and more modern LRC facilities are the Avril Robarts library which is based on the City campus and used mainly (but not exclusively) by students studying on the city campus, in particular the Byrom Street and Marybone students. The Aldham Robarts LRC (which is based on the Mount Pleasant campus) is used mainly by students at the Mount Pleasant campus, this campus includes the faculty of Business and Law but student based closely to the LRC on a range of courses also use this facility. The third LRC is sited on the IM Marsh campus in Aigburth and is used exclusively (due to location outside the City centre) by student at this campus.

There are more than 68,500 books in the LRCs' collections, with 1,630 work spaces available for students 24 hours a day. In addition to this there are over 16,000 e-books and 5,000 e-journals available.[16] It is a member of the Libraries Together: Liverpool Learning Partnership (evolved from Liverpool Libraries Group) which formed in 1990. Under which, a registered reader at any of the member libraries can have access rights to the other libraries within the partnership.[17]

Aldham Robarts library

Situated on Maryland Street at the heart of the Mount Pleasant Campus and right opposite the Student's Union, Aldham Robarts caters mainly for the Faculty of Business and Law (Accountancy, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, Information Science, Languages, Law, Librarianship) and the Faculty of Media, Arts and Social Science (Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, European Studies, Geography, History, Interior Design, Media, Critical and Creative Arts, Politics, Social Sciences, Design, Visual Arts)

This LRC is open 24 hours during term time.

Avril Robarts library

Avril Robarts Library is located on Tithebarn Street on City Campus, and covers three faculties: Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences (Childhood Studies, Health, Midwifery, Nursing, Social Work, Youth and Community Work), the Faculty of Science (Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Construction Management, Countryside Management, Earth Science, Forensic Science, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Physics, Psychology, Sport Science, Wildlife Conservation, Zoology) and the Faculty of Technology and Environment (Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Management, Housing, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Marine and Offshore Engineering, Maritime Studies, Transport and Logistics, Building, Building Surveying, Civil Engineering, Commercial Property, Computing, Mathematics, Planning, Quantity Surveying, Technology Management, Statistics, Urban Renewal)

This LRC is open 24 hours during term time.

I M Marsh Campus library

This services the IM Marsh campus at Aigburth and covers the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure (Consumer Studies, Dance, Education, Food and Nutrition, Leisure and Tourism, Outdoor and Environmental Education, Physical Education, Tourism and Leisure) which is situated at this site.

This LRC is open until 11 pm during term time.

Industry links

The University claims to have an excellent record of providing education which meet the needs of industry with degree programmes such as the part-time BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Systems Engineering[18] having been developed in association with leading companies including Ford, IBM, Lucas Industries plc and Jaguar. The links with companies are set to improve even more, with many courses offering an additional placement year as part of the Universities "WoW" (World of Work) skills programmes. First Destination Survey results show that 89% of LJMU graduates are in employment or undertaking postgraduate study within six months of graduating.[2]

Foundation courses

The International Study Centre (ISC) offers foundation courses (pre-degree and pre-masters) for students whose academic qualifications do not qualify them for direct access to degree or postgraduate programmes. The majority of students come from emerging markets, such as China and Russia as well as the nations bordering the Persian Gulf.

The ISC courses teach a mix of English and academic skills. There are currently two undergraduate routes: Business, Law and Social Studies; and Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences, leading to over thirty full-time degrees at the university. For postgraduates, there is a 14-week pre-masters/MBA course.

The courses are validated by LJMU, but are delivered by Study Group, a global education provider. Students who enroll on the courses are given conditional offers at LJMU, but must meet academic standards in order to progress to the degree of their choice.

Guest speakers

LJMU hosts guest lectures on occasion, with past speakers including the

  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Liverpool Students Union

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See also

Notable alumni

The Liverpool Students' Union run a number of non-BUCS sports clubs including:

  • Large sports hall
  • 2 Full sized hockey astropitchs
  • 2 Fully equipped fitness suite/gymnasium
  • Full sized football pitches
  • Five a side football pitches
  • 8 Badminton courts
  • 2 Basketball courts
  • 8 Tennis courts
  • 3 Netball courts
  • Climbing wall
  • Full sized rugby pitches
  • Dance studios

The IM Marsh Campus houses the University's main sporting facilities. The campus is home to the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure (ECL) and has around 2,000 students each year. In addition to sports science labs and a learning resource centre, the campus includes the following sporting facilities:

Every year the university sports compete for 'The Varsity Cup' in the inter-university derby, Liverpool John Moores University Vs. University of Liverpool. The competing sports include: badminton, basketball, hockey, football, netball, volleyball, swimming, tennis and the snowriders racing team.

In 1999, Liverpool John Moores University Men's Rugby League Team were crowned Student Rugby League European Champions following a 20–14 victory over University of Bordeaux at IM Marsh Campus, Liverpool. This completed a treble victory after they lifted the SRL National League and SRL Premiership.

The University also enjoys success at National and World level. Gymnast Beth Tweddle studied at LJMU and has achieved national, Commonwealth, European and World medals whilst also competing at the Olympic Games.

In the 2007/2008 BUCS season, LJMU was successful in winning the leagues in Men's Football 3rd, Men’s Football 5th, Men's Gaelic football, Men's Hockey 1st, Men's Hockey 2nd and Netball 2nd. The university was runners up in Women’s Football 1st, Badminton, Women's Gaelic football and Rugby league. In addition, 2 gold medals were won in the Athletics outdoor championships, 2 silver medals in Cycling, 1 bronze medal in the Pentathlon. The 2007/2008 season also saw the university defeat local rivals University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University in varsity matches.[30]

In the 2006/2007 BUCS season, LJMU was successful in winning the leagues in Men's Badminton, Women's Basketball, Women's football 1st, Netball 1st, Netball 2nd, Netball 3rd, Women's Rugby and Men's Gaelic football. Runners up included Men's football 2nd, Women's hockey 2nd, Men's Rugby 2nd, Men's Rugby league and Men's football 5th.[28][29]

LJMU Fury, American football team

Liverpool John Moores University has BUCS-registered teams in badminton, basketball, cricket, football, cycling, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, tennis, volleyball, swimming and American football. Many of the sports teams compete in BUCS competitions. Liverpool Students' Union has 15 BUCS sports, from which 36 teams run, catering for over 800 athletes. In recent years, LJMU students have competed for BUCS representative squads, in national finals and at World University Championships.[28] In addition, the Students' Union also runs intramural sports leagues.

I M Marsh Campus' swimming pool and sports hall


Representation for all students is central and is conducted by executive officers elected annually. In most cases, these students will be on a sabbatical from their studies. The election process is normally contested in mid April, successful candidates assuming office the following academic year.

Students at the University are represented by the Liverpool Students' Union.

Students' Union

  • 53% female, 47% male
  • 69% young students (18-21), 31% mature students (Over 21)
  • 40% are from Merseyside, 60% originate elsewhere
  • 83% are white, 17% belong to another ethnic group
  • 91% are British, 9% are international students

As of February 2011 the demographics makeup of LJMU students is as follows:[27]

Student demographics

Student life

Liverpool John Moores University was included in the new 2013 Times Higher Education 100 under 50, ranking 72 out of 100. The list aims to show the rising stars in the global academy under the age of 50 years.[26]

(2016, national)
The Guardian[24]
(2016, national)
Times/Sunday Times[25]
(2015, national)


John Moores Painting Prize is a contemporary art prize and involves a bi-annual competitive art exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. It is named after Sir John Moores, the founder of the competition. First held in 1957, it is Britain's most well-known competition aimed solely at painters and is now part of the Liverpool Biennial, a city-wide celebration of the arts that encompasses the Tate Liverpool, Bluecoats Gallery and other venues in Liverpool. In 2008 the exhibition will be a major part of Liverpool's celebrations as European Capital of Culture.[22]

Painting Prize

. Tesco, the former CEO of market leading supermarket Terry Leahy The next guest speaker at the University will be [21]

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