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Liverpool John Moores University is a modern university in Liverpoolmarker, England. It is named after John Moores and was previously called Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts and later Liverpool Polytechnic before gaining University status in 1992.

The university is a member of the University Alliance, a mission group of British universities established in 2007. It is also a member of the European University Association and the North West Universities Association. At present, LJMU serves more than 24,000 students comprising 20,270 undergraduate students and 4,100 postgraduate students, making it the largest institution in Liverpool by student population.



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. 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. Today it is one of the leading maritime Universities[48024] in the UK.

The institution then became a university under the terms of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 under the new title of "Liverpool John Moores University". This new title was approved by the Privy Council on 15 September 1992. The university took its name from Sir John Moores, the founder of the Littlewoods empire. Moores was a great believer in the creation of opportunity for all, which embodies the ethos of LJMU in providing educational routes for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. This belief led Sir John Moores to invest in the institution and facilities, such as the John Foster Building (housing the Liverpool Business School), designed by and named after leading architect John Foster. With the institution's backgrounds dating back as far as 1823, many of the university buildings date back also, with aesthetically pleasing Georgian and Victorian buildings found on a few of the campuses.

Present day

LJMU now has more than 24,000 students. The university has played a vital role in the cultural renaissance of Liverpool and has taken an active part in the regeneration of the city. New advances in digital technology and science have placed the university at the forefront of exciting developments in areas such as multimedia, sports science and learning how to fly. The advances in these subject areas led LJMU to be awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2005 which aims to recognise and reward the outstanding contribution that universities and colleges in the United Kingdom make to the intellectual, economic, cultural and social life of the nation.

Currently, Liverpool John Moores University is enjoying a boom in student numbers with the university receiving more applications than previously seen. The university was recently placed at number 20 in the country for applications received in 2007, the total number of applications submitted to LJMU was 28,214.

On 14 April 2008, Dr Brian May CBE was inducted into the university as the fourth Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. 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.

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 Bradfordmarker, The University of Huddersfieldmarker, Leeds Metropolitan Universitymarker, The University of Leedsmarker, The University of Liverpoolmarker, Manchester Metropolitan Universitymarker, The University of Manchestermarker, The University of Salfordmarker, Sheffield Hallam Universitymarker and The University of Sheffield.


LJMU 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 Campusmarker, in Aigburthmarker housing the Education, Community and Leisure faculty


Liverpool Technology Building

The university is organised into six faculties, 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 six faculties are:

 Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure
Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences
Faculty of Media, Arts and Social Science
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Technology and Environment

Future/Recent projects

Liverpool John Moores University Art and Design Academy
The university is currently expanding and improving numerous buildings on the three campus sites: the latest project will be the new £20 million Byrom Street development. Once completed in 2009, it will enable the university to consolidate science teaching to one location. Around 50 per cent of the new building's 6,400 square metre floorspace will be given over to specialist teaching and research laboratories, with the remainder being used for teaching, IT suites and staff accommodation. LJMU's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked as the United Kingdom's number one for both teaching and research in this field. The specialist facilities housed within the new building reflect the School's elite status and will include an indoor 70-metre running track and labs for testing cardio-vascular ability, motor skills and bio-mechanics functions. The building will also have additional biochemistry and psychology teaching labs.

Another major addition to the university is the Art and Design Academy, which replaced the previous disparate locations of the department. The £21.4 million development opened in 2008 to coincide with the European Capital of Culture bid which was won by Liverpool and is based at the Mount Pleasant campus.

Guest speakers

LJMU hosts guest lectures on occasion, with past speakers including the Dalai Lama, Steven Spielberg, Willy Russell, Phil Redmond, Alastair Campbell, and Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosbymarker. The latest guest speakers were United States Senator George J. Mitchell, Michael Heseltine CH, PC, and Next clothing retailer George Davies. The next guest speaker at the University will be Terry Leahy, the current CEO of market leading supermarket Tescomarker.


Aldham Robarts LRC as viewed from Mount Pleasant gardens

There are currently three Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) based at the three campus sites operated by LJMU. The two largest and more modern LRC facilities are the Avril Robarts LRC 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 Marshmarker 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.

Aldham Robarts LRC

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 LRC

Avril Robarts 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, Science, Sport, Wildlife Conservation) 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 LRC

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 11pm during term time.

Industry links

Liverpool John Moores University has an excellent track record in applied research and knowledge transfer to business and industry. The University is ranked among the top 20 UK Higher Education Institutions in terms of the economic impact of its research and it is the highest in the North West of England. A recent survey ranked the University 4th out of 160 UK HEIs in terms of the number of interaction with business and industry and 24th for the value of bespoke CPD courses. The School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations has an excellent track record in applied research and its research centres in Logistics, Offshore and Maritime, General Engineering and the Electrical Engineering produce research of international excellence.

The University has 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 having been developed in association with leading companies around the globe 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.


Through recent teaching quality assessments, LJMU is top of the league for teaching in physics and astronomy, applied social work, health studies, hospitality, leisure, recreation, sport and tourism, and has consistently received good ratings for other subject areas. 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. In the North West of England the University is ranked 3rd in Mechanical Engineering and 1st in General Engineering.

LJMU is also one of the UK's top university for teaching and research in Sports and Exercise Sciences. In recognition of excellence within sporting disciplines at LJMU, 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 outstanding 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.

LJMU was also chosen (ahead of the University of Liverpoolmarker 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.


The University's research profile and reputation have developed rapidly over recent years as evidenced by the sustained rise in external research income (more than trebling since 2000). The underlying demography of research-active staff is encouraging and LJMU has a relatively large cohort of young research active staff who will continue to contribute to research profile over future years. These are all key elements in securing the sustainability of research within the University. The University is highly rated for its research in engineering . In the 2008 Research Assessment 90% of research in General Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering was rated as being of international to world leading standard.

Major research projects are currently undergoing in the following areas:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Art and Design
  • Astrophysics
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Built Environment
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Maritime, Offshore and Logistics
  • English
  • Ecology, Evolution and the Environment Research
  • General Engineering
  • Health
  • History
  • Sports and Exercise Sciences
  • Town and Country Planning


UK University Rankings]]
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 99th 85th 83rd 83th 85th 83rd 85th 77th 77th= 77th= 74rd 77th 75th= 84th= 87th= 88th= 71st=
Guardian University Guide 109th 89th 82nd 83rd 77th 82nd 93rd
Sunday Times University Guide 100th 75th 86th 89th 77th 79th= 80th 82nd 71st 74th 76th
Daily Telegraph 90th 73rd=
FT 75th 67th 67th 63rd
The Independent / Complete 100th 90th

Liverpool John Moores University is often ranked highly in local lists, with the 2007 performance being 5th out of the 12 North West universities. The top in the region is Lancaster Universitymarker, which is a plate glass university. The next two universities above LJMU are Red Brick universities; the University of Liverpoolmarker and the University of Manchestermarker. The forth university above LJMU is the modern University of Central Lancashiremarker. Universities ranked lower than LJMU (5th) included University of Salfordmarker, Manchester Metropolitan Universitymarker, University of Chestermarker, Edge Hill Universitymarker, University of Cumbria, Liverpool Hope University and University of Boltonmarker.


LJMU TV launched in August 2009, providing both potential applicants and current students the chance to watch clips from life at the University such as features of campus locations, student unions and facilities at LJMU. LJMU TV also features learning objectives and gives the opportunity for individuals to view teaching at the University. Other features of the service include films showing on student accommodation, careers at LJMU, support at University, staff and personnel and World of Work features. LJMU TV is currently available at:

Students' Union

Students at the University are represented by the Liverpool Students' Union. As there are three campus sites for the University, there are also three separate Student Union facilities, each open to all Liverpool John Moores University students. The main Student Union is housed in the Haigh Building at the Mount Pleasant campus. Separate Student Union buildings are based on the IM Marshmarker and Byrom Street campuses.

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.

In 2007, the university and Students' Union launched a mentoring scheme designed to help new students setting into university life.

City Campus

The Haigh Building is the main City Centre venue, the venue recently won Best Bar None awards for the second year running and has three main social areas.

The Engine Room features a bar and nightclub venue where students can enjoy a range of exciting entertainment. The Engine Room has a diverse music scene including Indie, House and Cheesy Chart Pop. The Engine room hosts a weekly silent disco and weekly nation wide student event Flirt!. The Engine Room also has a range of drinks promotions available to students and during the day plays venue to numerous societies. The Engine Room also host special guest appearances and live bands and has big screens to allow for live sport.

The Sanctuary is in the middle of the Haigh Building and is known to be a quieter area of the Student Union. The Sanctuary has a bar which throughout the day serves drinks, sandwiches and a range of hot meals. The Sanctuary also houses the Liverpool John Moores University darts team who regularly play and practice in the venue. The Sanctuary has computing facilities for students and is located between The Engine Room and The Scholars Bar.

The Scholars Bar is the most popular area of the Student Union, serving a large variety of beers, wines and spirits from around the globe all at student prices. There are two big screens that allow the broadcasting of simultaneous football matches and various sporting events and also music. It also has four pool tables, games machines, quizzes and regular karaoke. Similarly to The Sanctuary, The Scholars Bar also serves food throughout the day.

IM Marsh Campus

Greenshields Bar is located at the IM Marshmarker campus. Liverpool Students' Union run the bar on campus and there is also a student shop. The bar is a popular spot at Aigburth site with students living on and off-campus. The bar has a big screen for live football games and there is also the Friday night "disco" at the venue.

Byrom Street Campus

The Byrom Street Students' Union provides students with a shop. The Byrom Street Union is the smallest of the three sites.

The bar at the Byrom Street campus closed down in academic year 2007/08.

LSU Media

The Looprevil Press is a student newspaper at Liverpool Students' Union. It is both a student society and a part of the student media. As of May 2009, The Looprevil Press has been funded by the Liverpool Students' Union. The Looprevil Press was founded in September 2008 by student Shamit Patel and is currently the only student newspaper in circulation in Liverpool. The LP offices are located on the second floor of the Haigh building.

The name, The Looprevil Press, is simply Liverpool spelled backwards and plays in with their tag line of “Bringing you the other side of Liverpool”. This was done in an attempt to reflect the duality of student life, to show that they can be both professional and a little eccentric of nature.

The Looprevil Press started out as a dynamic website which contains four sections; News, Opinion, Entertainment and Sports. The current team consists of 29 members and is made up of writers, photographers and a web designer. The website is active throughout the year while the print edition is circulated four times during the academic year.

The union also has a radio station called Shout radio.

Halls of residence

Grand Central Halls
Grand Centrall Halls at night

Liverpool John Moores University over recent years has sold off a number of previously University owned halls of residences. North Western Hall, formerly the North Western Hotel, built by Alfred Waterhouse in 1871, was sold off to Cosmopolitan Student Homes in 2004. The hall is situated conveniently between both the City and Mount Pleasant campuses.

Two of the most popular halls for students studying at the City campus are the Atlantic Point Student Village and Marybone Complex. Both of these can be found within a few hundred metres of major University buildings. IM Marshmarker students usually reside in the accommodation provided on campus in Aigburthmarker. The more popular halls for students at the Mount Pleasant campus are Grand Central (for its walking distance location close to the university and city centre) and Cambridge Court.

A comprehensive list of student accommodation available to LJMU students can be located at


Liverpool John Moores University has BUCS-registered teams in badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union and volleyball. 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. In addition, the Students' Union also runs intramural sports leagues.

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.

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.

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 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 Marshmarker Campus, Liverpool. This completed a treble victory after they lifted the SRL National League and SRL Premiership.

The IM Marshmarker 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:

  • 25 metre swimming pool
  • 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 Liverpool Students' Union run a number of non-BUCS sports clubs including:


John Moores Painting Prize is a contemporary art prize and involves a bi-annual competitive art exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallerymarker, 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 Biennialmarker, a city-wide celebration of the arts that encompasses the Tate Liverpoolmarker, 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.


Liverpool John Moores University is currently outperforming other North West of England Universities in applications per place. March 2008 application figures released by UCAS show that LJMU is continuing to outperform the sector by around 4%, with 26,663 applications received to date. In addition, Liverpool John Moores has also seen a 20% increase in firm acceptances for applicants, an achievement made more impressive as regional averages are down 18%.

Recently the John Moores Alumni Association created an Alumnus Board and an Alumnus Business Network Group.

Brian May, Ph.D., and former lead guitarist for Queen, was appointed Chancellor of the university in 2007.

Notable alumni

Honorary Fellows

See also


  1. University Alliance
  2. [1]
  3. Liverpool John Moores University | Push university guide | University rankings
  4. Queen's Anniversary Prize
  6. News Update
  7. Planning application submitted for £20 million science building
  8. News Update
  9. Art and Design Academy
  10. News Update
  11. News Update
  12. News Update
  13. Learning Resource Centres
  14. Avril Robarts LRC
  15. Aldham Robarts LRC
  16. IM Marsh LRC
  17. Library Services and Facilities
  20. Education UK - Innovative. Individual. Inspirational
  21. Sport at LJMU
  22. Research
  28. LSU | Liverpool John Moores University Students' Union | LSU Home
  29. LJMU News Update[2]
  30. Grand Central
  31. Cambridge Court
  32. LJMU Sports Teams
  33. British Universities and Colleges Sport
  35. Liverpool museums - John Moores 25 painting competition - information page
  36. News Update

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