Originating from a small mechanics institution (Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts) founded in 1825, the institution grew by converging and amalgamating with different colleges and eventually became the Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992, the Polytechnic became Liverpool John Moores University, one of the UK's new generation universities.
In 2007, LJMU launched a globally unique model of higher education, which stresses work-related learning and graduate skills development in tandem with effective employer engagement. Known as the World of Work or WOW, programme, this model is endorsed and shaped by the FTSE 100 Index companies and leading business organisastions, including Airbus, CBI, Ford Europe, NHS, GKN Aerospace, Marks and Spencer, Siemens and Sony. The World of Work programme is now fully integrated across all undergraduate degrees.