Professor Dame Janet Beer

Professor Geoff Layer
Universities UK
President

Professor Dame​ 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

UUK response to Treasury Committee recommendations on government's major review of university funding

UUK response to recommendations on major review of university funding

18 February 2018
UUK responds to the Treasury Committee recommendations on the government’s major review of university funding

UK produces world-leading research

9 February 2018
Universities UK data shows that research from UK higher education institutions is highly respected across the world and brings in billions of pounds to the economy.

 Blog

Understanding student suicide

16 February 2018
John de Pury, UUK's policy lead on mental health, discusses the issue of student suicide, including suicide prevention and response.

Disappearing part-time and mature students: time for change

6 February 2018
Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, discusses the importance of part-time and mature students and the future needs of employers. Universities UK is launching a new project to look at the matter.