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

NHS long-term plan

7 January 2019
UUK's response to the NHS long-term plan.

University leaders warn against No Deal as vital research comes under threat

4 January 2019
University leaders have written to politicians and government to warn of the risks for research, staff and students if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

 Blog

Photo credit: RNLI / Simon Culliford

Faster boats: data analytics to prevent student suicides

20 December 2018
James Murray on his personal mission to explore how data analytics could help universities identify students in distress.

Improving access, success and progression in English higher education

18 December 2018
UUK's Dan Wake explains the potential impact of the OfS' consultation on access and participation regulation for universities and students.