Liverpool John Moores University

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Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), School of the Built Environment LJMU is a UK university based in Liverpool with a positive global reputation for its research, teaching, international outcome and links with industry, being recently identified as one of the 100 best universities in the world under the age of 50, according to the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) league table. Also, according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012, LJMU is the top modern university in the North West of England.

The university has a long tradition of teaching and researching in areas related to construction and buildings. The School of the Built Environment is the oldest Built Environment School in the UK, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, 130 postgraduates and 60 postgraduate research students. There are approximately 50 academics in the school and 15 research assistants, running a portfolio of more than 30 programmes ranging from HNC/HND through to PhDs.

The school has strong links with professional bodies, with courses accredited by such bodies as the RICS and CIBSE. The links with the professions also extend to research collaborations, knowledge transfer partnerships and the sitting on professional body committees in order to advise on policy and practice by individual academics.

The school undertakes all types of research, from applied research that is closely linked to industrial requirements to more theoretical ‘blue sky’ research that seeks to push the boundaries of knowledge and understanding, and will have an impact in the future. Funding for research comes from a variety of public organisations, such as Research Councils, Technology Strategy Board, EU and The Carbon Trust, and directly from industry partners, such as United Utilities.

All the research within the school is managed through the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute, which brings together academics within the school from various disciplines ranging from engineers to social scientists. The broad areas of research and associated consultancy-related activities are: water and waste water management, structural engineering, highways and pavement engineering, building materials, use of radio frequency methods, including wireless sensors and bio-fuel generation, strategic facilities management, planning and property management, and construction management and economics.