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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

Principles for emerging from lockdown

3 June 2020
A set of high-level principles and supporting information for universities to consider as they emerge from lockdown has been published today by Universities UK.

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New guidance on mental health and wellbeing – supporting staff and students more important now than ever

18 May 2020
UUK has published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff

 Blog

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Embracing the future of learning and teaching

5 June 2020
The university sector's response to COVID-19 has brought about an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the higher education experience for staff and students, says Jisc Chief Executive Paul Feldman.

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Hosting a hospital – how an NHS Nightingale hospital was created in three weeks at UWE Bristol

6 May 2020
UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West explains how the university found itself as one of the hosts for an NHS Nightingale Hospital.