Responding to the announcement, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “I am delighted that UUK’s President, Professor Janet Beer, has been recognised as a champion of equality and diversity and for her services to higher education in the New Year’s Honours List with a DBE.
“Her work to improve equality and diversity in the higher education sector and beyond, including as a former Chair of the Equality Challenge Unit, and her personal commitment to supporting and encouraging women in leadership positions has led to positive changes in the sector.
“I warmly congratulate all those working in universities who have been honoured for their services to higher education, research and teaching, and their work in society and local communities. It is excellent to see them formally recognised and their contributions celebrated. Higher education transforms lives and our universities are making a real difference to individuals and communities across the UK.”