Professor Janet Beer took up her role as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool in February 2015. Previously, she was Vice-Chanellor of Oxford Brookes University between 2007 and 2015. Her previous career has included periods in local government as well as university teaching and administration.
Professor Beer has a significant national profile and is the current Chair of the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group which has oversight of the National Student Survey. She is Chair of the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute, is Vice-President of UUK England and Northern Ireland, a Board member of UCAS, Chair of SPA - Supporting Professionalism in Admissions and is a Board member of NCUB. In 2011 she was elected as a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College.
Professor Beer has an established record of research in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature and culture and contemporary Canadian women's writing. She has published widely in these fields and recently completed a study of the late writing of Edith Wharton.