Making an impact
A positive force for change
Liverpool is the place to be this summer, with thousands of UK and international visitors expected to attend the International Festival of Business and 2016 Liverpool Biennial. LJMU is directly contributing to continued success of the city and we are proud to celebrate how our expertise in teaching, research and commercial engagement is making an impact across the Liverpool city region and beyond.
Our School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is a world-leader in its field. It’s acclaimed Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) is currently ranked 1st in the UK for research quality* (REF2014), delivering world-class research in areas such as tackling obesity in children to working with Premiership football clubs and improving muscle control in people with cerebral palsy via interactive video games.
Through the award-winning Face-to-Face with Sports Science programme we are also helping educate people about the benefits of physical activity. Plus our Football Exchange, in conjunction with Prozone Ltd, is helping develop game changing performance analysis techniques.
We are one of the UK's leading centres for maritime and engineering education, and can trace the origins of our Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering back to 1892 and the opening of England’s first Nautical College.
Today, we conduct world-leading research and our maritime simulation facilities are among the most modern in Europe. Our new Global Maritime Knowledge Hub – run in partnership with Mersey Maritime, 1,700 SMEs, Peel Ports, National Oceanography Research Centre and Wirral Council – has brought the region’s key maritime assets together to create a single centre for innovation, research & development, education, training and business support.
We are also part of a private and public sector consortium with Mersey Maritime and the Peel Group, which is supporting the region’s advanced manufacturing and engineering, automotive, energy, maritime and business services agenda.
Pioneering new technologies
LJMU supports commercial enterprise and knowledge exchange activities covering all sectors and multiple industries. We are a key player in the new University Enterprise Zone, and are leading the development of Sensor City, an incubator for high-tech businesses around sensor technologies, in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
While we work with companies all over the world, we also support local organisations through initiatives like the ERDF-funded £1 million Outreach Project run by our world-class General Engineering Research Institute (GERI). Our Drones Research Laboratory, and associated Civic Drones Programme is also enabling the University to harness its interdisciplinary expertise in this exciting new technology via new degree courses, research and commercial projects within Liverpool and around the world.
Discovering the secrets of the universe
Our Astrophysics Research Institute is out of this world when it comes to conducting world-class research. Ten years ago, it designed and built the world’s largest robotic telescopes. Now it is now planning a bigger, faster and even more hi-tech telescope than the University’s 2-metre Liverpool Telescope in La Palma, Canaries. This new robotic telescope is expected to see its first light at the beginning of the next decade and will enable the University to see deeper into the cosmos, observe exploding stars (supernovae, gamma ray bursts, exoplanets and binary stars) and search for new planets.
The Institute also leads collaborations with premier UK and international universities on projects ranging from the formation and properties of stars in the Milky Way, through high-energy astrophysics to the evolution of galaxies since the Big Bang. It recently won Educate North's Research Project of the Year for the Virgo Consortium EAGLE project. The ARI also carries out significant outreach programmes principally through the National Schools' Observatory.
Degrees of success
Every July, thousands of students graduate from the University during our summer graduation ceremonies at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Attended by friends and family, these events are a time to celebrate the achievements of our talented students as they prepare to start their professional careers.
As tomorrow’s future business leaders, politicians, fashion designers, architects, engineers, nurses or teachers, our students have the potential to help the Liverpool City Region achieve even more in whatever profession they choose to follow.
*Research Quality Index data provided by Research Professional and available via Research Fortnight