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Formula student in Spain

Nigerian Maritime Nigerian student join the School to complete BSc Nautical Science.

LJMU Racing team produced another European entry this year with a 2500 mile round trip to Barcelona in September to compete in the Formula Student Spain event at the Circuit de Catalunya. After a great result at Silverstone in July the car was prepared to race in the hot Spanish climate. The team set off by trains, planes and automobiles to the event and setup camp overlooking the famous F1 circuit. The competition took place over four days and the team were judged in three static competitions, presenting a design, business report. After the presentations the team raced in four dynamic events. The team achieved an overall

position of 6th with 599 points, which is their best total in any event. The trip was tinged with sadness with the death of Tommy Scargill in August. Tommy was a senior technician in the Engineering workshop and had worked closely with formula student over many years. The team paid tribute to Tommy by putting his name on the car that competed in Spain For further information on Formula Student visit: Or contact

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Jaguar Land Rover Foundation School delivers a part-time Foundation certificate to Jaguar Land Rover take employees Page 3

IAMU Research Award International Association of Maritime Universities awards grant. Page 3

Research Update Update on current maritime research Page 3

Red Bull Racing Internship Engineering Student is selected to Join internship programme Page 4

Sunday Times Ranking Liverpool John Moores University ranked 66th.

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Nigerian Maritime Safety The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) selected the School to deliver a BSc Nautical Science to its sponsored cadets. This is the first stage in what will hopefully be a long-term partnership with the agency and which may eventually include both deck and marine engineering education and training. Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is a major maritime nation and NIMASA is the county’s maritime safety agency responsible for safety at sea, secure shipping, marine pollution prevention, and training and certification of seafarers. The organisation has the task to enhance Nigeria’s maritime capacity in line with best global practice as the economy develops.

The group which is drawn from across the country have achieved the highest technical and language qualifications to have been awarded funding and bursaries by the federal government to complete the programme in Liverpool. After graduation they will go on to fill port and sea based management positions in Nigeria. The project is the result of the relationship developed between the

School of Engineering Technology and Maritime Operations and NIMASA, and the support provided by the University’s International, and Finance teams. Dr Charles Roberts (pictured) and Ms Barbara Kelly welcomed the students to the programme. For more details contact: Vikas Patra


Jaguar Land Rover Foundation The School launched a new parttime version of its Foundation year in Engineering and Technology to

employees of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The new course provides a route for JLR staff to progress to a

part-time degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering or Industrial Electronics and Control degrees.

IAMU Research Award Dr Ramin Raihi has been awarded a research grant of US$54,000 from the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU). LJMU has been a member of IAMU for over

10 years and this is one of the largest grants received from the association. The grant funded by the Nippon Foundation (NF)'s grant-in-aid is for a project designed to more

Maritime Research Update by

Zaili Yang

The academic team leading research in maritime economics and transport has received several awards including one runner up best paper award from International Association of Maritime Economics Conference and one highly commended paper award from the International Journal for Maritime Environment in 2012. The team also secured competitive research grants from various sources, including an internal Student Enhancement project and an external EU Marie Curie research grant in 2012. An ongoing EU project – Intelligent Transport in Dynamic Environment has recently been nominated for the

EU best innovative project award. Its research output also attracts interest and support from academic (i.e. Stanford University) and industrial partners (i.e. Lloyds Register). The collaboration enables the team to access the world leading knowledge bases and enables it to investigate contemporary maritime issues such as green shipping and maritime security.

effectively assess the non-technical skills of deck officers with a view to improving training.


Engineering Student Is Selected to Join Red Bull Racing’s Internship Programme Mechanical Engineering student Luke Owen was awarded on of five internships from F1 World Champions when Red Bull. Luke applied for an aerodynamics internship in March this year. Red Bull offered five interns roles in Aerodynamics, Electronics, Marketing, IT and Procurement through a unique online test as opposed to a standard CV application process. The carefully created set of questions and tasks in Red Bull's online test assessed a multitude of skills, ensuring all potential interns had the desire, motivation and attitude required for the 'ultimate summer job'. The intern search received a phenomenal response with over 100,000 people taking the test and 14,000 potential applicants successfully passing the first stage. Luke scored an outstanding result of 97/100. As one of the 14,000 who passed the online test and made it through to the next stage, Luke was then sent a blank sheet of paper and asked to explain why he had what it took to be a part of the Red Bull team. Luke and 49 fellow applicants visited Red Bull Racing's factory in Milton Keynes in June. There they met with Team Principal Christian Horner and the respective Department Heads to find out more about the summer job that would test their industry knowledge and push their passion to the limits. Luke believes that his

Pictured: Luke Owen (left) with Sebastian Vettel (centre) and fellow interns Pictured: Luke Owen (left) with Sebastian Vettel (centre) and fellow interns internship at Red Bull Racing has provided him with invaluable experience to help progress his career as well as creating memories that will last a lifetime. Luke said: "It was LJMU that originally informed me about the placement. My dissertation was based on the design of aerodynamic components for the Formula Student car, something which I believe helped significantly with my application and interview process. Much of the initial groundwork needed for my dissertation was covered in the modules, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics that I undertook in the third year of my course. "From my internship I have learnt that in order to stay at the top, you always have to be thinking (and

working) ahead of the game. The Internship offered a reality check. It showed that no matter how prestigious the company, behind the glitz and glamour there is a lot more work behind the scenes that goes unnoticed." Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said: "The response from this search was truly overwhelming; the applications we received were of a very high standard. It's so exciting to find promising young talent like Luke coming up through the ranks. Luke has a bright future in Aerodynamics ahead of him and I hope that we and Red Bull have been able to help provide him with valuable experience as he plans his future career."

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Sunday Times Good University Guide Liverpool John Moores University is now ranked 66th in the Sunday Times Good University Guide. This is the biggest improvement of any university this year, with LJMU jumping an impressive 29 places up the league. According to this prestigious league table, LJMU is now ranked:   

in the top 50 for teaching excellence 4th overall in the North West 12th out all of the post-92 universities and the top modern university in the North West

being complacent LJMU is definitely on an upward trajectory. We take great pride in our most recent headlines: our National Student Survey results are good; our recruitment figures for this year are excellent and with the major investment to bring enhanced and new research talent to the University, I am confident that we can make a significant impact in research rankings."

In terms of subject performance, 22 out of 36 subject areas improved their ranking in this year's Guide: 

Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU Vice-Chancellor, said: "Without

top 10%, having jumped 23 places up the league table. Mechanical Engineering, Technology, Creative Arts and Sports Science continue to be ranked in the top 50%. Management is now also ranked in the top 50%, with Management climbing 36 places in the league – the largest improvement of any subject area.

Tourism, Transport and Travel is now ranked in the


School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations Liverpool John Moores University , Liverpool, L33AF, UK School Director I Jenkinson

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