Liverpool John Moores University won University of the Year at the Educate North Awards 2017, announced in April. The panel awarded LJMU with the highest award at a ceremony in Manchester, favouring Study Group’s collaborator over Russell Group universities like Liverpool and Manchester.
Educate North & UK Leadership Awards and Conference is a prestigious one-day conference which champions best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North. Its partners are Telegraph Media, the University of Manchester Intellectual Property, the Alliance Manchester Business School, and John Kennedy CBE. LJMU succeeded on many levels which earned it this award:
- The University was the first to receive two commended judgements from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) during its Higher Education Review
- A joint venture between LJMU and the University of Liverpool, Sensor City, received £5 million from the ERDF to support the development of the hi-tech hub
- LJMU was one of only 18 universities to secure part of the multi-million pound government fund for 200 new Degree Apprenticeships
- LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship won national and international awards including UK BEIS Enterprising Britain Award – Building Enterprise Skills 2016, UK national winner: European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) 2016 and Overall European winner: Investing in Entrepreneurial Skills EEPA 2016.
LJMU also demonstrated its commitment to producing exceptional teaching, facilities, research, and knowledge transfer. The University received six nominations in other categories including Business/Industry Collaboration, Employer Engagement, and Student Experience.
At the heart of these achievements, and more, lies sustained intuitional development. This has earned the LJMU an increase in research funding, postgraduate student registrations, and further improvements in the student experience. The judges on the panel felt that the University had demonstrated a clear strategic vision and made a contribution locally, nationally, and globally. The academic strength, management, and financial acumen stood out ahead of the competition.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill, accepted the award and marked this achievement as a landmark in the institution’s history. Since its founding in 1823, LJMU has grown from strength to strength and continues to produce graduates who leave a positive mark on society.
Study Group would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved in showcasing LJMU’s world-class status.