Armed Forces Covenant

Liverpool John Moores University is an Armed Forces friendly organisation and signed the Armed Forces Covenant on 11 October 2021.

LJMU policing lecturer Steve Jones, sport coaching lecturer Gus Ryrie and PGR student John Goulding are all veterans and share their personal reflections on how important the covenant is.


We recognise the value serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to our institution and our country.

The Armed Forces Covenant ensures members of the Armed Forces community are treated fairly in our communities, economy and society. This is something that is echoed within our own LJMU vision and values, underpinning our commitment to providing opportunities for people of all backgrounds and supporting them to flourish. 

Read our full pledge to the Armed Forces.

To champion our commitment, organise activity and ensure the voice of the Armed Forces continues across LJMU, there is an established working group, open to all staff and students with an interest or connection to the Armed Forces. Please contact Wendy Bowe for further information.

Building upon our pledge through research

One area of our covenant pledge that sets us apart from other organisations, is that we have made a commitment to develop research-informed insight around the challenges and opportunities experienced by military veterans and their families.

One example of this is through the work of our Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion. Dr Emma Murray led a research group called ‘Reimagining the Veteran’, an innovative project bringing together the lived experiences of veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system, with the Arts.


By sharing veterans’ stories with the public, as well as our policymakers, LJMU is playing a meaningful role in starting conversations, reshaping how they are represented across society and ensuring that the right support is available for them and their families.

Ministry of Defence recognition

In October 2022, we were awarded bronze under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledging how we have provided support to the Armed Forces community and defence by going above and beyond our covenant pledge.

Employer recognition scheme bronze award logo