One area of our Armed Forces Covenant pledge that sets us apart from other organisations, is our 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 and our policymakers, LJMU is playing a meaningful role in starting conversations, reshaping how the veterans are represented across society, and ensuring that the right support is available for them and their families.

Developing an interdisciplinary research presence

One of the LJMU Armed Forces Steering Group’s key objectives is to pursue more opportunities for cross-faculty research, to exchange knowledge, and to collaborate with external partners and organisations that focus on the Armed Forces community.

Already LJMU has gained Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) research and knowledge transfer contracts through its expertise from the schools of:

It is hoped that the formalisation of the steering group and implementation of a dedicated Armed Forces Champion will build momentum for cross-institutional working.

We aim to develop the key areas that impact upon the policy and service provision for the Armed Forces community and the many issues that they face.

We also continue to ensure research-led teaching in areas that are most likely to attract veterans to study at LJMU and students who will work with veterans when they graduate.