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

UUK response to government announcement on new fund for higher technical courses

11 June 2021
UUK has responded to the government’s announcement of a multi-million-pound investment to allow more people to gain higher level technical skills

Students catch-up studies

Universities boosting academic skills and wellbeing of Year 13s

9 June 2021
​Universities are stepping up efforts to support the education and wellbeing of Year 13s transitioning to higher education this autumn.

 Blog

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Are we living in a post-LGBTQ+ rights age?

9 June 2021
This Pride month Sebastian Bromelow calls on the higher education sector to “make some noise”, embracing a history of rebellious thoughts and actions by not only celebrating the successes of the LGBTQ+ community but also responding to challenges.

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‘What’s good for the city is good for the university’: higher education’s vital role in the post-Covid recovery

27 May 2021
Reflecting on his role as chairperson of Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Economic Covid-19 Recovery Board, Professor Zahir Irani outlines why universities must play a key role in the country’s post-pandemic recovery.