Professor Dame Janet Beer

Professor Geoff Layer
Former Universities UK President

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.  She is a former president of Universities UK. 

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  To close the student attainment gap universities must lead by example (12 May 2019)

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

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UUK response to the government’s latest January return plans for university students

30 December 2020
UUK has responded to the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson's latest announcement on the return of students to universities in January 2021.

UUK response on Turing Scheme for students to work and study abroad

26 December 2020
UUK has welcomed further details of the Turing Scheme for students to work and study abroad

 Blog

Students

Pathways and flexibility are key to supporting lifelong learning

18 December 2020
Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, argues that if we are to facilitate lifelong learning and avoid ‘educational dead ends’, universities must play a core role in qualification design.

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Funding for adult learners will boost the UK's economic recovery

30 September 2020
UUK's Julie Tam takes a look at the prime minister's announcement of a lifetime skills allowance, and what it means for the economy, society, and individuals.