Working life at LJMU

Staff Networks

Staff Networks at LJMU are instrumental in creating a safe space for employees. They provide communities based on shared stories, identities and experiences.

We have many Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that you can get involved in:

  • Ethnically Diverse Staff Network
  • Staff Disability Network
  • LJMU Together LGBTQI+ Staff Network
  • Women Academics Network
  • Women Professors Network
  • Women in Professional Services Network
  • Admin and PA Staff Network

We place importance in having a diverse and inclusive workplace. To this end, we have introduced Associate Deans for Diversity and Inclusion in all faculties as well as professional services. This ensures that local issues inform the Diversity and Inclusion agenda and that resources are in place.

Staff Health and Wellbeing

  • Onsite gym facilities.
  • LJMU Connectors – peer-to-peer mental wellbeing support.
  • Feel Fab Feb.

Personal Development

The Organisational Development team support all staff with change, growth, and improvement. This provides development support across the university at a team and individual level. The types of developmental support include:

  • skills development and training
  • coaching and mentoring
  • career management
  • team building, development and performance enhancement
  • support for organisational objectives and strategies, including the 2030 LJMU People Plan

Students at the Heart

Our annual conference brings academic and professional services staff together. We share ambitions and progress across the institution and tackle LJMU community concerns. Sessions feature presentations from LJMU academic and professional staff, students and partners.


LJMU has earned the Athena Swan Silver Award for promoting gender equality.  Among UK universities, we’re one of just 30 to achieve silver, with only one awarded gold by Advance HE.

 LJMU joined the Race Equality Charter in 2022 and received  an Institutional Bronze Award. This award recognised our ongoing work relating to race equality. We aim to be Race Equality Silver by 2027.

 LJMU is a Disability Confident Employer, recognised for going the extra mile. Our goal is to ensure disabled people get a fair chance in recruitment and promotions.

 We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and embed LGBTQI+ inclusion practices in our strategy and day-to-day work.


LJMU received the Liverpool Bambis Breastfeeding Friendly Mayoral Award in June 2022. This recognition reflects our dedication to creating a welcoming environment for breastfeeding individuals.

In May 2023, we were awarded silver status under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), owing to the considerable progress made in supporting and championing the contributions of the Armed Forces community.

In 2022, LJMU was awarded the NNECL Quality Mark for the support of care leavers and estranged students - the first institution outside of pilot schemes to receive the benchmark.