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Julia Goodfellow

Julia Goodfellow
Universities UK
Former Universities UK President

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow held the position of Universities UK's President from 1 August 2015 until 31 July 2017.

About Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow

Julia was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent from September 2007 to July 2017. 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.

News

Universities seek meaningful talks with UCU about USS

23 February 2018
Universities UK has today called on the University and College Union (UCU) to meet to engage in serious, meaningful talks on the future of the USS pension scheme.

Union leaders must talk with employers to protect pensions and young people’s futures

22 February 2018
​The impact of preserving unaffordable pensions benefits for university staff would hit the current and next generation of students hardest, Universities UK warns today.​

Blog

Five things the university funding review must do

19 February 2018
Today, the Prime Minister launched the government's review of post-18 education and funding in England. UUK's Deputy Director of Policy Julie Tam sets out five things the review must do.

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.