Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow is Universities UK's President, she chairs all Universities UK Members' Meetings, UK Board and Executive Committee meetings. Julia holds the position from 1 August 2015 until 31 July 2017.
Our president is always a Member of Universities UK. Who is elected for two academic years and are only eligible for re-election by special resolution. The election is conducted by the method of single transferable vote of the members of Universities UK.
Julia is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent and took up her post in September 2007. The University of Kent – the UK’s European University – has nearly 20,000 students on principally 2 campuses in Canterbury and Medway. There are also study centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens. She was appointed to the Council of STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) and to the Council for Science & Technology in 2011.
She was previously Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the non-departmental governing body responsible for both University funding and Institute base across the biosciences.Julia joined BBSRC after more than 20 years at Birkbeck, University of London, where she was Vice-master and Head of the School of Crystallography. She had been responsible for an internationally recognised research group and her research interests included the use of computer simulation techniques to study the structure and function of large molecules. She was appointed Vice-Master of Birkbeck College in 1998 and Professor of Biomolecular Science in 1995.
From 1997-2001, Julia was a member of BBSRC’s Council. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Biology, the Institute of Physics and the Royal College of Arts and an Honorary Member of the Biochemical Society. She was awarded a CBE in 2001 and a DBE for her services to Science in June 2010.
Julia was the first female Chief Executive of any of the UK’s Research Councils.