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 -  Janet Beer - A solution to the row over tuition fees - bring back maintenance grants (7 September 2017)

News

Response to consultation on the Office for Students

19 October 2017
A statement from Janet Beer, President of Universities UK, in response to the consultation on the shape of the new Office for Students.

Pensions reform

19 October 2017
Universities UK's statement on UCU’s press statement about the possibility of industrial action at universities over pension reform.

 Blog

Setting up the Office for Students: what's new?

19 October 2017
UUK's William Hammonds highlights key points for the higher education sector in the consulation for the new regulatory framework for the Office for Students.

A step-change in tackling sexual violence

17 October 2017
Owen Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) and Chair of the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Operations Group, Durham University, discusses steps that universities have taken to address sexual violence and misconduct.