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 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


Times Higher Education - Janet Beer -   Policies and strategies not enough to tackle campus sexual harassment (10 November 2017)

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

Prime Minister calls for ‘option’ to associate to next EU research programme

21 May 2018
Universities UK has welcomed the Prime Minister’s comments today that she would like to see the UK associate fully with the EU’s next research and innovation programme.

UCU and UUK announce appointment of Chair for USS Joint Expert Panel

18 May 2018
Joanne Segars OBE has agreed to be the Chair of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) to examine the valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

 Blog

Higher education: a diverse range of opportunities for everyone

8 May 2018
UUK's Dan Hurley on the wide range of opportunities higher education provides, and what the Office for Students can do to help universities make further progress on social mobility.

'Opportunity for everyone' shows how universities are opening their doors, but they must build on this for faster change

1 May 2018
On the launch of UUK's 'Opportunity for everyone' campaign, Chris Millward, the Director of Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students, urges all universities to continue making progress.