Graduation ceremony

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 chairman 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. He served as President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice for England and Wales from 2014 until the spring of 2019. In October 2019 he was appointed as the Investigatory Powers Commissioner.