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Once a local polytechnic and the amalgamation of a Mechanics Institute, Schools of Arts, Midwifery and Pharmacy to name a few, the Further and Higher Education Act granted the institution university status in 1992. Sir John Moores’ name was adopted in honour of the crucial role he played in developing Liverpool’s social and economic landscape, further immortalising his legacy. Yet his association with the University pre-dates this happening, in 1987 he was recognised as the Polytechnic’s first Honorary Fellow and members of his family have since been involved with the University. Liverpool John Moores’ prides itself on four values: community, courage, inclusivity and being student focussed.  These values have transpired from John Moores’ approach to running his businesses which not only had a transformational effect on the betting and shopping industry respectively, but for the people who worked for them. Perhaps the same can be said for the University... 

LJMU celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2022, commemorating its origins from the Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts established in 1823. The Mechanics' School gradually expanded over the years and merged with various colleges, including the F.L. Calder School of Domestic Science, City of Liverpool C.F. Mott Training College, and the College of Art, which John Lennon attended. In 1970, it transformed into Liverpool Polytechnic. Throughout its history, the university has been actively involved in providing training, education, and research to the maritime industry, starting with the establishment of the Liverpool Nautical College in 1892. In 1992, the institution attained university status as per the Further and Higher Education Act, with the new name "Liverpool John Moores University." The new title, approved by the Privy Council on September 15, 1992, pays tribute to Sir John Moores, the founder of the Littlewoods empire. Sir John Moores strongly advocated for equal opportunities, aligning with LJMU's commitment to providing educational pathways for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Sir John Moores invested in the institution, including the construction of the John Foster Building, designed by the renowned architect John Foster, and dedicated to housing the Liverpool Business School. The university's campuses feature elegant Georgian and Victorian buildings, reflecting the historical roots dating back to 1823.

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