It is fair to say that Liverpool John Moores University is no stranger to famous faces! Ground-breaking author Charles Dickens once attended a party there, where he gave a speech, while John Lennon, who experienced global stardom with The Beatles, was also among the alumni, alongside the late, great, Caroline Aherne, star of The Royle Family and The Fast Show.
Television producer and screen writer Phil Redmond became an Honorary Professor of Media at the university and, more recently, the Dalai Lama became an Honorary Fellow, and Olympian Beth Tweddle MBE also received an Honorary Fellowship.
Named after businessman and philanthropist Sir John Moores, the university traces its origins all the way back to 1823, when the Liverpool Mechanics’ School of Art opened its doors for the first time. Its proud history of delivering education and research into the maritime industry dates back to Liverpool Nautical College, established in 1892.
Moores was the founder of Littlewoods, and held the philosophy that everyone, regardless of age or background, was entitled to opportunity in life. This sentiment remains a key part of the university’s ethos to this day.
The institution evolved through several mergers with colleges, including the City of Liverpool C.F. Mott Training College, and F.L. Calder School of Domestic Science, before becoming Liverpool Polytechnic in 1970.
After the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, it changed name to Liverpool John Moores University in the September of that year.
The launch in 2005 of the 24/50 scheme helped to increase the number of local people attending the university, while new scholarships and bursaries were also announced. The university strives to encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds or under-represented groups to embark on higher education.
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Moores invested heavily in the institution and its facilities, including Liverpool Business School, based at the John Foster Building. The university’s school-based set-up has remained in place, with new areas like Advanced Policing Studies joining long-serving schools such as Pharmacy and Art. Research began to play a pivotal role at the university after the turn of the century and, by 2014, the Research Excellence Framework rated every unit of assessment as at least 45% internationally excellent or better.
Research and scholarship activities have been boosted by investment in new facilities, including the award-winning Tom Reilly and John Lennon Art and Design Buildings.
Liverpool John Moores was awarded 61st position nationally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018, and 501-600 internationally. It also has a Silver Teaching Excellence Framework.
In October 2017, Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool were awarded £1 million for a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in data intensive science (LIVDAT). The grant is part of a £10 million investment by the Science and Technology Facilities Council to support eight new centres across the country.
While computer technology has become a major player in science and industry, more expert scientists are required to make sure the UK capitalises on the opportunity to gather and use large amounts of data. LIVDAT will support 20 PhD students, who will be trained to analyse data and tackle issues raised by industry.