Published: 23 December 2016

Highlights: 2016 in review

Liverpool Victoria Gallery and Museum

Although we can’t quite believe the year is almost at an end, it’s hard to deny that 2016 has been memorable. In typical end-of-year tradition, we’ve been looking back at some of our highlights and wanted to share a handful of these with you.

Rainbow laces

In February, all of our sports teams wore Rainbow Laces as part of the Guild’s campaign that aimed to kick homophobia and transphobia out of sport. You can take a look at the Rainbow Laces photo album on Facebook here.

Professor Michael Dougan on Brexit

Professor Michael Dougan – a leading EU law expert – featured in a video criticising the “industrial dishonesty” of the referendum campaign.  The video was watched more than six million times.

Cheaper printing

In response to your student feedback, our Computing Services Department (CSD) secured a reduction in the cost of printing for students. The new, reduced printing costs were rolled out in September.

XJTLU 10 year anniversary

In May, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s (XJTLU). The celebration took place at a special maritime ceremony at the city’s Mann Island. During the 10 years since opening, the institution has grown rapidly. More than 10,000 students study across a variety of subjects, such as computing, maths, engineering and architecture, in both Suzhou and in Liverpool.

National Student of the Year award winner

Ciaran Grafton Clarke won the National Student of the Year award. Ciaran received the award for his work in widening participation into medicine for under-represented groups. As part of this work, Ciaran founded EdMed and Merseyside Young Medics. Ciaran also published a book that helps potential medical students make a university application.

British Land Speed Records broken

The University’s Velocipede (ULV) Team impressed everyone when they broke both the men’s and women’s British Land Speed Record for a human-powered vehicle with their aerodynamic recumbent bike, ARION2. The records were broken at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge, which took place in the Nevada desert. Yasmin Tredell, one of the ULV Team’s rider, is interviewed for Al Jazeera News in this video:

Wellbeing Week

Throughout May the University ran Wellbeing Week in an aim to help students and staff improve their mental, physical and general wellbeing. From knitting lessons to free breakfasts for those that cycled into University, a huge range of activities were on offer.


Over the busy summer revision and exam period, we ran #LibraryonTour – an initiative that opened up temporary learning spaces for students to use on campus. #LibraryonTour was a great success and we’ll be running this again during January.

Blackwell’s new bookshop opens

In September, Blackwell’s new Crown Place shop opened. The new shop has digital displays, interactive touchscreens and a contemporary design. You can now browse eBooks on Blackwell’s Learning Platform.

Students knit for new-borns

Lucy Urbas and Michaela Jones, two fourth year medical students, knitted more than 200 hats and clothes for new born babies in Africa. Lucy and Michaela started the project having worked on placement in Banjul Hospital in The Gambia.



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