UK: Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is a 'modern' university located in the city of Liverpool, England. The university is named after John Moores and was previously called Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts and later Liverpool Polytechnic before gaining university status in 1992, thus becoming Liverpool John Moores University. The university is a member of the University Alliance, a mission group of British universities established in 2007. It is also a member of the European University Association and the North West Universities Association. At present, LJMU serves more than 24,000 students comprising 20,270 undergraduate students and 4,100 postgraduate students, making it the largest university in Liverpool by student population – as well as the twentieth largest in the United Kingdom.
The Institute for Health (IHR) was established by LJMU in 2006 to provide a cross-faculty structure for all of the University's health and health-related research. The primary goals of this research network are to ensure that research in health and social care services has a positive impact on professional practice, and to identify and evaluate new or alternative ways to deliver therapies and services. This network brings together researchers from diverse disciplines including nursing, pharmacy practice, sports and exercise science and public health and involves collaboration with a wide range of NHS and other external organisations. Current research reflects the diversity of expertise and interests. Some key areas are medicines for children, adverse drug reactions, community nursing and medical decision-making. Outcomes from our research have already impacted positively on policy and practice. Membership of this network will encourage the sharing of best practice across disciplines and facilitate skills transfer while also adding value to traditional approaches to this field of research
Primary role in the project
LJMU’s role in the project will be to sit on the RTD Projects/Stakeholder Research Group, under WP5, to guide this work package and carry out some of the relevant research. In addition to these tasks, LJMU will participate in WP2 (Dissemination), WP3 (Education and Research mapping), WP6 (Quality Planning), WP7 (Networking) and WP9. Management of LJMU’s contribution to the project will be undertaken by two dedicated management teams. Overall responsibility will lie with LJMU’s dedicated EU research and finance office, who have successfully administered and delivered European projects for more than a decade, and ensure all reporting and quality assurance requirements are met. For example, since 2000, the EU finance office has assisted LJMU’s schools and service teams to secure over £40m from the Objective 1 ESF and ERDF programmes; €8m for 28 projects funded under EC FP7; and approximately €175,000 a year under the EC Erasmus student exchange programme. Local management of LJMU’s contribution is undertaken by a dedicated contract management team in the Centre for Public Health. This team is responsible for ensuring that deliverables are delivered on time, to a high quality, and to budget.