Here is a selection of our top stories from the last 12 months.

Accelerating the journey to net zero

glass-fronted building on university campus

The University of Liverpool has launched its ambitious ‘Climate Plan 2022-35’ as part of its aim to become net zero by 2035, 15 years ahead of the UK Government’s legal commitment of 2050.

New Chancellor appointed

Wendy Beetlestone

United States District Judge Wendy Beetlestone took up her new role as Chancellor in January this year. She is the University’s eleventh Chancellor and the first female, and first Black, Chancellor. Judge Beetlestone was installed as Chancellor during this summer's graduation ceremonies.

New digital collab with twin university

The University of Liverpool and Ukraine’s Sumy State University, who were twinned last year, have announced their collaboration on a new digitalisation and digital transformation research and innovation programme, following a grant from Universities UK International (UUKi).

Three anniversaries to celebrate

garden with evening sun through the trees Victoria Gallery and Museum  

The Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) and Ness Gardens both marked anniversaries this year. The VG&M turned 130 years old, while for Ness Gardens it was a double celebration: 125 years since the gardens were founded by Arthur Bulley, and 75 years since ‘Bulley’s Garden’ became the University of Liverpool’s Botanic Garden in 1948.

University wins Varsity and Christie Championships

men's football team

The University took the Varsity title for the eighth year in a row after battling it out with sports teams from Liverpool John Moore’s University. Liverpool were also crowned champions of the 137th Christie Championships, beating Leeds by 5 points.

Tuning in to Turing

stars cascading across surface of the earth

The University of Liverpool has joined the new Turing University Network, created by the Alan Turing Institute to encourage communication and collaboration with the institute and its broader networks. The network forms part of the institute’s new strategy aimed at using data science and AI for social good.

C-GULL project launched

aerial shot of LiverpoolChildren Growing Up in Liverpool (C-GULL) is the first large-scale birth cohort study in the Liverpool City Region. It will track 10,000 first-born babies and their families from early in pregnancy through childhood and beyond, in order to enable researchers, clinicians and policymakers to understand more about complex health issues.

Liverpool's research rated 'world-leading'

91% of the University's research has been classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, as part of the independent Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality and impact of research at every UK university.

New MSc programme in Pandemic Sciences

magnified image of covid virus

Led by researchers from the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, the University’s new programme will provide students with the interdisciplinary expertise required to prevent, monitor and control medical and veterinary infectious disease outbreaks.

First human trial of new Zika vaccine

laboratory test tubes

A new Zika virus vaccine is being trialled by the University of Liverpool at the Clinical Research Facility within the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Zika remains an ongoing threat, with thousands of cases of the mosquito-borne virus reported each year, mainly in countries close to the equator.