Professor Janet Beer

Professor Geoff Layer
Universities UK
President

Professor Janet Beer is Universities UK's President. She chairs all Universities UK Members' Meetings, UK Board and Executive Committee meetings. Janet's term began on 1 August 2017, and will last until 31 July 2019.

The president is always a member of Universities UK, and is elected for two academic years. Presidents are​ only eligible for re-election by special resolutionThe elec​tion is conducted by the method of single transferable vote of the members of Universities UK.    

About Professor Janet Beer

Janet is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and took up her post in 2015. Before that, she spent seven years as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

Professor Beer is Chair of the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit and was a member of the recent taskforce on dealing with violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. She is also a board member of UCAS, a board member of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and a trustee of the British Council.

Professor Beer has an established record of research and scholarship in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature and culture and most recently completed a study of the late writing of Edith Wharton.

 Recent media


The Guardian: Higher Education Network, 2VCs on ... how do we stop part-time numbers dropping further? (1 November 2017​)

The Guardian: Higher Education Network - Janet Beer - Brexit ‘McCarthyism’ is unacceptable to universities. Free speech must flourish (24 October 2017)

The Guardian: Higher Education Network -  Janet Beer - A solution to the row over tuition fees - bring back maintenance grants (7 September 2017)

News

Initial Brexit deal good news for universities

8 December 2017
Universities UK has welcomed the initial Brexit agreement, but stressed that phase two of the negotiations will be hugely important for universities.

The Brightest Minds

Top European researchers need certainty about their futures in the UK

5 December 2017
The UK could lose some of its brightest minds who are conducting life-changing research unless they receive long-term clarity from the Brexit negotiations.

 Blog

Government’s industrial strategy – a good opportunity for universities

27 November 2017
Universities UK's Julie Tam looks at the UK government's new industrial strategy and highlights a number of opportunities for universities.

Freedom of speech and the Office for Students

16 November 2017
UUK's William Hammonds discusses proposals on freedom of speech in the OfS consultation and the implications for universities.