Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Professor Dame Janet Beer is vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool, having previously been vice-chancellor at Oxford Brookes University and pro vice-chancellor and dean of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a graduate of Reading and Warwick Universities and held a fellowship at Yale University.

An outstanding researcher in the field of late 19th and early 20th century American literature and culture, Professor Dame Janet Beer is also extremely well-known and respected in the higher education sector for the national leadership roles she has undertaken.

She chairs the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group (responsible for the National Student Survey and Key Information Set), is an elected board member of Universities UK (for which she is vice-president for England and Northern Ireland), a board member of UCAS, and a member of the Higher Education Policy Institute Advisory Board. She is also chair of the Equality Challenge Unit and has previously been an Arts and Humanities Research Council panel member.