Professor Dame Janet Beer

Professor Geoff Layer
Universities UK
President

Professor Dame​ Janet Beer is Universities UK's President. She chairs all Universities UK Members' Meetings, UK Board and Executive Committee meetings. Janet's term began on 1 August 2017, and will last until 31 July 2019.

The president is always a member of Universities UK, and is elected for two academic years. Presidents are​ only eligible for re-election by special resolutionThe elec​tion is conducted by the method of single transferable vote of the members of Universities UK.    

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.

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 -   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

Comment ahead of results day

15 August 2018
Speaking ahead of the publication of A-level results and students finding out whether their university applications have been successful, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, says that there remains strong demand for university places.

Nation's prosperity relies on more people of all ages going to university

6 August 2018
UUK's new report, Solving future skills challenges, finds that education more people at university could bring significant benefits to our economy.

 Blog

Student mental health: dealing with the transition from school to university

15 August 2018
As students receive exam results and many confirm their university places, Student Minds' Louise Honey looks at the often difficult transition from school or college to university, and the new guidance and online support available.

University admissions and clearing: what to expect this year

10 August 2018
Universities UK's Dan Wake looks at this year's applications cycle and what applicants and their families should expect.