Professor Janet Beer honoured with Damehood


The University of Liverpool’s Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chair of the Board of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Professor Janet Beer, has been recognised with a Damehood for her services to higher education and equality and diversity in the New Year’s Honours list.

Dame is an honorific title and the feminine form of address for the honour of knighthood in the British honours system, and was granted to Professor Beer on New Year's Day, 1 January.

Professor Dame Janet Beer has dedicated the majority of her working life to higher education. An outstanding researcher in the field of late 19th and early 20th century American literature and culture, she has held a number of senior leadership roles and took up post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool in February 2015 after seven successful years as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. She is also currently President of Universities UK, the representative body for universities nationally.

Professor Beer said: “I am both honoured and humbled by this award and grateful for the support of colleagues across the sector over the years. Having had my own life transformed by higher education, I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute, in the University of Liverpool founders’ words, to the ‘advancement of learning and ennoblement of life’ throughout my career.”

story provided by University of Liverpool Press Office; edited by Danny Abbasi

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