Past presidents

A history of Universities UK Presidents from 1918 to present​​

2017 - 2019: Professor Dame Janet Beer, University of Liverpool

2015 - 2017: Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, University of Kent

2013 - 2015: Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, University of Surrey

2011 - 2013: Professor Sir Eric Thomas, University of Bristol

2009 - 2011: Professor Sir Steve Smith, University of Exeter

2007 - 2009: Professor Sir Rick Trainor, King's College, London

2005 - 2007: ​Professor Sir Drummond Bone, University of Liverpool

2003 - 2005: Professor Sir Ivor Crewe, University of Essex

2001 - 2003: Professor Sir Roderick Floud, London Guildhall University

1999 - 2001: Professor Sir Howard Newby, University of Southampton

1997 - 1999: Professor Sir Martin Harris, The University of Manchester

1995 - 1997: Professor Sir Gareth G Roberts, University of Sheffield

1993 - 1995: Dr Kenneth J R Edwards, University of Leicester

1991 - 1993: Sir David Harrison, University of Exeter

1989 - 1991: Sir Edward Parkes, University of Leeds

1987 - 1989: Sir Mark Richmond, University of Manchester

1985 - 1987: Sir Maurice Shock, University of Leicester

1983 - 1985: Lord Flowers, University of London

1981 - 1983: Sir Albert E Sloman, University of Essex

1979 - 1981: Sir Alec Merrison, University of Bristol

1977 - 1979: Rt. Hon. Lord Boyle of Handsworth, University of Leeds

1976 - 1977: Sir John Habukkuk, University of Oxford

1974 - 1976: Professor Sir Arthur L Armitage, University of Manchester

1972 - 1974: Professor Sir Hugh N Robson, University of Sheffield

1970 - 1972: Sir Fraser Noble, The University, Leicester

1967 - 1970: Sir Derman Christopherson, University of Durham

1964 - 1967: Sir Charles Wilson, University of Glasgow

1961 - 1964: Professor Sir William Mansfield Cooper, University of Manchester

1958 - 1961: Sir Robert Aitken, University of Birmingham

1955 - 1958: Sir Philip Morris, University of Bristol

1952 - 1955: Sir Charles Morris, University of Leeds

1949 - 1952: Sir Hector Hetherington (May to September​ 1949 Acting Chairman)

1948 - 1949 (May): Sir James Mountford, University of Liverpool

1947 - 1948: Professor Sir David Hughes Parry, University of London

1943 - 1947: Sir Hector Hetherington, University of Glasgow

1938 - 1943: Sir Franklin Sibly, University of Reading

1935 - 1938: Dr Thomas Loveday, University of Bristol

1929 - 1935: Sir Charles Grant Robertson, University of Birmingham

1918 - 1929: Sir Donald MacAlister, University of Glasgow​​

UUK response to updated DfE guidance for universities

10 September 2020
Responding to updated government guidance for universities ahead of students starting the new term, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

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28 August 2020
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UUK response to DfE announcement on action agreed to support students into their preferred universities

20 August 2020
Universities UK has responded to the Department for Education's announcement on the measures to support students into their preferred universities