University of Liverpool Management School celebrates its 20th anniversary at gala dinner

Vice Chancellor Tim Jones speaking at the VGM

The University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday 26 January with a gala dinner at the historical Victoria Gallery & Museum (VGM).

The gala dinner is just one of twenty celebratory events hosted by the Management School taking place throughout the 2022/23 academic year to commemorate the anniversary which pays tribute to Our Students, Our Network, Our Research and Our City.

A picture taken from above of several tables of people in the VGM

In attendance at the gala dinner included Sir Robin Saxby, who alongside John Hargreaves and Paul Roy, had the ambition and saw the growth of enterprise in Liverpool and across the City Region. It is thanks to their generous donations which established the Management School in 2002 in the Chatham Building.

Also joining in with the 20th anniversary celebrations were alumni and staff who where welcomed by Professor Julia Balogun, Dean of the University of Liverpool Management School.

Julia Balagon behind a lectern speaking.

In her welcoming speech Julia spoke about the transformative two decades for the School in becoming an internationally recognised triple-accredited management school and the global impact of the School’s research. Julia also reflected on the history of the School and highlighted the growth of faculty and professional services staff over the years, the variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on offer at ULMS plus the increased diversity of students.

Newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Tim Jones, commented on the international impact of the Management School and how the School plays an important role in the University of Liverpool’s overall success. Despite being an avid Manchester City supporter, Tim marvelled on the School’s links to football from the Football Industries MBA programme to the School’s partnership with Sky and Kick It Out which gives four students from under-represented ethnic minority groups fully funded scholarships to study the programme.

A picture of Tim Jones speaking behind a lectern

A live jazz band provided the soundtrack for the gala dinner as they performed at intervals throughout the night. The band were accompanied by a vocalist for their final performance and received a standing ovation at the end of the evening.

Since September 2022 the Management School have hosted a number of events including successfully launching two new research centres: Centre for Sustainable Business and Centre for Organisational and Employee Wellbeing. There are still plenty of events and activities still to come such as international alumni events, networking events, conferences and more.

More details on how the School are celebrating 20 years can be found here alongside pictures from the event here.