Liverpool John Moores University becomes Guardian of Liverpool Cathedral



Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of Liverpool, the Very Revd Pete Wilcox have signed a historic £1m agreement that means Liverpool John Moores University will become the first corporate Guardian of Liverpool Cathedral.

The agreement builds on the long standing relationship between the two institutions, a relationship most visible at the Graduation ceremonies which are hosted in the Cathedral each November and July.

Liverpool John Moores University will become one of only 12 Guardians of Liverpool Cathedral. Guardians have pledged to bring £1m to the Cathedral’s £24m for 2024 campaign.

Central to the agreement is a focus on the student experience and extending the knowledge of the Cathedral through volunteering opportunities, music scholarships, special learning initiatives and free tickets to the Tower.

Being a Guardian will also secure the LJMU Graduations which provide a memorable and fitting way to mark our students' achievements.

The Very Revd Pete Wilcox said:

"This agreement marks a significant step in our longstanding relationship with Liverpool John Moores University. As a Guardian the University will make a generous contribution to securing the Cathedral’s future. With the University as a Guardian, the Cathedral will keep student benefit in mind in every aspect of its life. I know the University values its relationship with the Cathedral: this agreement represents a significant long term commitment to our partnership on both sides."

Professor Nigel Weatherill comments:

"Liverpool John Moores University has long enjoyed a significant and symbolic relationship with Liverpool Cathedral that makes studying and working here a standout experience. The Cathedral has provided the backdrop for the most significant events in the University history including the inauguration of the University in 1992 and the installation of our Chancellors. In hosting our Graduation ceremonies for some 30 years – the Cathedral brings together staff, students and their families to celebrate the defining experience of higher education, in one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

"That is why as a modern civic university, we are proud to continue to invest in this special relationship which through scholarships, outreach, special events and undergraduate learning opportunities, will bring benefits to the city and our student community, for years to come."



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