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

Life-changing research at UK universities could be days away from stalling

19 March 2019
Universities UK is calling on the government to take urgent steps to prevent the UK from losing out on hundreds of millions of pounds worth of research grants if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE elected next President of Universities UK

15 March 2019
Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, has been elected as the next President of Universities UK following a ballot of Universities UK's members.

 Blog

Supporting students through the transition from school to university

7 March 2019
On #UniMentalHealthDay, Professor Steve West and Stuart Rimmer call for better support for students transitioning from school to university.

The Augar review must be judged on Britain’s best interests

5 March 2019
Universities UK Chief Executive Alistair Jarvis sets out five tests by which the Augar review should be judged.