Culture, Values and Celebrating Success

We are committed to creating a culture of openness and respect, where staff work together for the future success of the University. We also recognise the importance of pausing to celebrate the achievements of our staff and their contribution to the success of the institution.


The University’s Values developed in conjunction with staff, set out our commitment to creating a culture of openness, transparency, and respect, where staff work together for the future success of the University.


Our Staff Awards run annually, with a celebratory dinner event providing a great way to recognise the hard work and dedication of both individuals and teams across the University, with various awards including ‘Lecturer of the Year’; ‘Early Career Researcher of the Year’; ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ and the ‘Unsung Hero Award’.

The Long Service Awards (intranet) event also runs annually, celebrating the dedication of long-serving members of staff reaching milestones of 25, 40 and 50 years of continuous service, marked with a dinner event and a gift from the University.

Civic engagement

We are committed to making a difference to society locally, nationally and internationally, and to contributing to the economic and social wellbeing of the Liverpool City region. Staff are supported in contributing to this through such initiatives as our volunteering framework Liv to Give, which provides for up to three days per academic year for staff to use on volunteering activities.

We also support three Liv to Give charities per year which are nominated by staff and decided through a staff vote.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We hold an institutional Silver Athena Swan Award recognising work undertaken to address gender inequality in careers in science, as well as a number of departmental Athena Swan Awards.

The University was successfully awarded its first Bronze Race Equality Charter Award in February 2024.  This award signifies the University’s intent to achieve race equality across the institution, marking the start of a programme of work to break down the barriers that exist for staff and students who are Black, Asian and minority ethnic.

The University is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring that our LGBTQ+ employees are supported in the working environment, and as a public declaration of our support for LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion.

We are also a Disability Confident Employer, recognising our commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing disabled staff.

Community networks

We have a range of staff networks and groups fostering a sense of community amongst groups sharing common interests. These networks include:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network
  • Carers Network
  • Disabled Staff Network
  • Female Early Career Researcher Network
  • LGBT Staff Network
  • Mentoring Network
  • Parents Network
  • Research Staff Association
  • Menopause Support Network
  • Cancer Support Network 

The University provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue research specialisms and promotes self-growth and community involvement. Working at a university which prides itself in development and inclusiveness makes me very proud!

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