Dr George Sharples

In 2023, George was recognised for being LJMU’s longest serving member of staff, having worked at the university for some 51 years.

“I'm a Reader in Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and have been at LJMU since 1972. It’s amazing that LJMU’s staff and students have tolerated me for so long!”

Our School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the oldest providers of pharmacy education in Europe, we've been delivering industry-relevant courses since 1849.

“I could have retired 12 years ago but I’ve always felt my lectures are still appreciated by the students.

“I came here in my early 20s as a steppingstone in my career but never left.”

“At LJMU we all work as a team and some of my proudest moments have been working at the forefront of our imaging suite, with our microscopes, and of course working with all my students over the years.”

– Dr George Sharples

Alongside more than 40 other long-serving LJMU staff, George was celebrated at a special Bicentenary year event held in November 2023 at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool. Members of staff who hit their 25th, 35th, 45th and 50th work anniversary milestones in our Bicentenary year were treated to an afternoon tea arranged by LJMU’s HR team, recognising their hard work and commitment to LJMU in its 200th year.

Speaking at the event LJMU Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Mark Power, said: “To see so many individuals reach over 25 years at LJMU is such an achievement and shows the real sense of belonging many of our staff have at the university. We are an institution that truly cares about our staff and students and we value the loyalty and knowledge of our long serving staff members. I’d like to personally thank each and every member of staff who have dedicated their careers to LJMU.”

George has also been published extensively in journals around the world, from exploring gunshot residue in forensic science publications to waste materials in civil engineering outlets, his expertise spans a range of biomolecular science research interests.