Professor Julia Buckingham CBE

Professor Julia Buckingham
Universities UK
President

​Professor Julia Buckingham is Universities UK's President. She chairs all Universities UK Members' Meetings, UK Board and Executive Committee meetings. Julia's term began on 1 August 2019, and will last until 31 July 2021.

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 Julia Buckingham

Professor Buckingham has been Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London since 2012 following a number of senior leadership positions at Imperial College London and Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. She has been an active member of UUK, supporting policy developments and using her experience of working with research funders, professional bodies, industry, NHS, the government and various national and international organisations to represent the sector at select committees and political meetings. Professor Buckingham was first elected to the Board of UUK in 2014 and was elected Treasurer in 2016. 
 
Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies.  She has published widely in her field, served on numerous national and international review panels and received a number of prestigious awards and honours for her work; she was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to Biology and Education and elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019. 
 
She is currently a Director of Imperial College Health Partners and of the National Centre for Universities and Business, Chair of The Concordat Strategy Group, supporting the career development of researchers, and Chair of the Athena SWAN Review Steering Group.

Recent media 

The grades U-turn caused a ripple effect throughout education - it could be catastrophic for unis - the Telegraph, 20 August 2020

Packed lecture halls won't return soon, but students can still go to university

- The Guardian, 3 June 2020

Students say they don't understand university offer-making. This must change - The Guardian, 17 February 2020

The value of a degree rests on more than just a graduate's salary - The Telegraph, 11 February 2020

Introductory interview as President of Universities UK - Times Higher Education, 3 October 2019

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 News

Majority of adult learners would upskill at university if given the chance

21 October 2020
New polling by Savanta ComRes for Universities UK has revealed that 82% of prospective students in England who are either unemployed, at risk of unemployment, or looking to learn new skills would be keen to study individual modules of a university degree.

 Blog

Student working on a bike

Funding for adult learners will boost the UK's economic recovery

30 September 2020
UUK's Julie Tam takes a look at the prime minister's announcement of a lifetime skills allowance, and what it means for the economy, society, and individuals.