Graduation ceremony

Office of the Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Liverpool John Moores University

Professor Nigel Weatherill

“It is a great privilege to lead Liverpool John Moores University – a University with an extraordinary history, truly connected to the city and its communities and populated with fascinating and talented people.   

"As Vice-Chancellor, I am more than aware that I am the custodian for a period of the University’s history. I believe it is my job to be as ambitious for this unique institution as my predecessors were and to ensure that generations of students continue to be proud of their University and its heritage.   "While my role as Vice-Chancellor requires me to be the Chief Executive Officer of this institution, and to run the business of the University, it gives me enormous pleasure to spend as much time as I possibly can meeting our students and celebrating their achievements. And of course one of the highlights of my job is the chance to shake the hand of every student at our Graduation ceremonies, a real honour for a Vice-Chancellor.  

"These pages will give you a flavour of the work that I, and my colleagues, undertake as the Executive of the University, I hope that you find them informative. My office also acts as the representative office of our Chancellor, the Right Honorable Sir Brian Leveson.”  

Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University  

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Appointed by the University’s Board of Governors, the Chancellor not only acts as a figurehead for LJMU but is an individual who should appeal to, and act as a role model for the various constituencies served by the University, including our students, staff and local, national and international stakeholders.  

Sir Brian Leveson was installed as LJMU’s fifth Chancellor in 2013. In his role as Chancellor, Sir Brian presides over Graduation ceremonies, has hosted significant student events in Middle Temple and works with the Vice-Chancellor on a range of London-based engagement activities. He always makes time to visit the University and meet students - he has been interviewed by student journalists, tried out the Formula racing car, entertained the event management students and donated his personal library to the students in the School of Law.  

Born in Liverpool, Sir Brian was educated at Liverpool College and Merton College Oxford. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1970 and practised on the Northern Circuit from chambers in Liverpool.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986, acted as a Recorder from 1988 to 2000 and as a Deputy High Court Judge between 1998 and 2000.  

In 2000, he was appointed as a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division and served as a Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit. In 2006 he was made a Lord Justice of Appeal and served a three year term as Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales. He was appointed to the new role of chariman of the Sentencing Council in 2010 and in 2011 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead the public enquiry into issues of media regulation leading to the publication of the Leveson Report in 2012. In 2014 he was appointed as President of Queen’s Bench Division.