Montage of images showing photos from differing times in LJMU

Celebrating 25 years

Happy anniversary LJMU

This is an exciting time for the University; a time to celebrate past successes and look forward to what we plan to achieve over the next five years.

Get ready to celebrate, because it’s LJMU’s 25th anniversary. We have been around a lot longer than that, but this is an important milestone for our students, staff and community.

Our vision for the future

LJMU’s history shows that visionary thinking can drive intellectual, social and economic change. Nearly two centuries after our foundation, our new strategy will undoubtedly carry LJMU forward with equal vigour and momentum over the next five years. The ambitious 2017-2022 strategic plan creates the framework that we need to realise our full potential and better fulfil our mission.

We have a confession to make – we lied about our age

Watch this animation to see how we have evolved since 1823, from the Liverpool Mechanics’ and Apprentices’ Library into today’s award-winning modern civic university.


Becoming a university in 1992 marked a new age of expansion in student numbers at LJMU, enabling even more people from working class homes, ethnic minorities and other under-represented groups to access all the benefits that a university education can bring. Research and scholarship has flourished over the last 25 years too, as have links with business and industry, and today LJMU is a key anchor institution in the Liverpool City Region with connections stretching far beyond Merseyside and around the globe. 

Now that really is something worth celebrating! 

Find out more about our fascinating history

Take a trip down memory lane and help LJMU celebrate its 25th anniversary

We would love to hear about the people, places, buildings or events that have shaped your experiences at this unique institution. Share your university memories: @LJMU #LJMU25 LJMUOfficial