Professor Janet Beer took up her role as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in 2007. Her previous career has included periods in local government as well as university teaching and administration.
Professor Beer is the current Chair of the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group which has oversight of the National Student Survey; alongside the President of the NUS she co-chairs the Student Charter Group. In 2009 she was elected as Chair of the University Alliance and in 2011 became co-chair of the Equality Challenge Unit. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute, is a Board member of UUK and is a member of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group. 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.