About us

About Liverpool John Moores University

A modern, civic university

In 1823 a small institution was founded that was to revolutionise education in Liverpool and provide opportunities for the working people of the city.

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The Liverpool Mechanics Institute was founded by people of power and influence who recognised the transformative effects of education and the impact that learning and aspiration could have on individuals, communities and society. It was the first such institution to be founded in England.

This small, pioneering movement was followed by the establishment of the Liverpool Institute and School of Art and the Liverpool Nautical College, and in 1900 Irene Mabel Marsh opened the IM Marsh campus. These organisations together laid the foundations for Liverpool John Moores University, an institution that has grown and flourished and continues to provide opportunities for all.

Today, with a vibrant community of 25,000 students from over 100 countries world-wide, 2,500 staff and 250 degree courses, Liverpool John Moores University is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK.

A reputation for excellence

As a modern, civic university, we are integral to the life of the city, but we are also global in our approach, forging international partnerships to facilitate world-leading research and collaboration to tackle some of the huge global issues facing the modern world that have an everyday impact here at home.

As an institution we are unashamedly ambitious – for our students, our staff and for the wider global community. Under the leadership of our Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Nigel Weatherill, we are undergoing a renaissance as the strength of our teaching and research continues to exceed even our own high expectations. We were one of the highest climbers nationally in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality of research in the UK. We are on an upward trajectory in the major UK league tables. Our student satisfaction scores increase year on year. All of this helps to build on our solid reputation for providing students with the highest quality teaching and a learning experience informed by relevant, credible and world-leading research.

We acknowledge and celebrate our successes and achievements, but we never rest on our laurels. Continuing to improve and enhance the experience and opportunities offered to our students is the driving force for the whole University – our pioneering work in improving graduate prospects, our innovative approach to cultural partnerships and our evolving student-focused campus are setting benchmarks for the essence of university life in the 21st century.

We have an open and enthusiastic academic community operating in world-class facilities. Diversity is valued; endeavour is supported and achievement is celebrated.

Welcome to LJMU.