LJMU shortlisted for 'University of the Year' 2017 by Times Higher

LJMU Vice Chancellor Nigel Weatherill addressing a crowd at an event
  • Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) shortlisted as national University of the Year, by Times Higher Education (THE). 
  • LJMU also shortlisted nationally for Entrepreneurial University of the Year and STEM research project of the year by THE.

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has been shortlisted for one of the most sought after higher education awards – Times Higher University of the Year. This builds on the university’s regional success winning University of the Year 2017 at Educate North, in spring.

LJMU is one of six universities from across the UK shortlisted in the category, seen as one of the most prestigious by the higher education sector. It was a triple success as the university was also shortlisted in the Entrepreneurial University of the Year category and its world-renowned Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) has been shortlisted for STEM research project of the year.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, commented:

“This is great news for LJMU and I am pleased that the results of our previous five-year strategy have been acknowledged at a national level.  This is down to our work to widen access to university for local young people, as well as enhance our student experience to secure the first two highly commended QAA awards, which is truly what makes us a pioneering modern civic university.

“As we approach the next five years in our strategic framework, I want to share this success with our students, staff and community as we look forward to our exciting plans for the future.”

LJMU is also shortlisted for Entrepreneurial University of the Year due to its focus on enabling graduates to leave with the full range of skills and ambition to start and grow a business. This has been realised with a university-wide move to embed enterprise skills into all elements of the teaching curriculum.

The Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) was shortlisted for STEM research project of the year thanks to its development of new technology using Artificial Intelligence alongside the famous Liverpool Telescope (LT). SPRAT (SPectrograph for the Rapid Analysis of Transients) combines science, technology and outreach in a combination that is literally ‘star-shattering’, observing and classifying new stars. It is available as a teaching tool through the National Schools Observatory, LJMU's acclaimed and hugely successful STEM outreach endeavour.

THE editor John Gill said: "Once again these awards have attracted hundreds of entries from the length and breadth of the nation, and from institutions of every hue. All those shortlisted can be immensely proud to have made it through this first phase, and we at Times Higher Education look forward to honouring the winners for their talent, creativity and commitment at a time for the academy when these qualities are increasingly essential."

Winners will be announced at the 13th annual Times Higher Awards at a dinner on Thursday, 30 November.

The other institutions shortlisted for University of the Year by the Times Higher are:

City University, London
University of Dundee
Northumbria University
Nottingham Trent University
University of Winchester

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