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Professor Dame Janet Beer Bio

Professor Dame Janet Beer is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, having formerly been Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. She was awarded a Damehood for services to higher education and equality and diversity in the New Year’s Honours list 2018.


Dame Janet is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and chairs their Assurance Board. She is a member of the boards of Universities UK, the Russell Group, N8 Research Partnership and the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit. She took up a three year term of office as the International Policy Lead for Universities UK in August 2020.

Janet chairs the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Board and the Sciontec Board and is a member of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board.

She has an established record of research and scholarship in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American literature and culture.