New Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, has
officially taken up his role at the University of
Professor Layer has
joined the University following the retirement of Professor
He said: “I’m enjoying getting to know the University and its
staff and students. The University has an important role in the
city and wider region so I’m looking forward to working with
colleagues at other organisations.
“August is a busy time for the University as we prepare for
A-Level results day and Clearing, plus we have Graduation and the
start of the new academic year in September, so it’s a great time
to start here.”
Professor Layer was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
of the University of Bradford.
He graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a LLB (Hons) and
entered a teaching and research career.
He joined the Sheffield Business School in 1983 as a Lecturer in
Law and became Professor of Lifelong Learning in 1996.
Professor Layer joined the University of Bradford in 1999 as
Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, becoming the
founding Dean of the School of Lifelong Education and Development
in 2001. He held the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and
Teaching) from 2004 until becoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Academic) in 2008. In this role, Professor Layer was responsible
for the academic development of the University of Bradford across
its teaching, research, knowledge transfer and high level skills
Between 2000 and 2006 he was the Director of Action on Access,
an agency established to advise HEFCE on its Widening Participation
strategy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was
awarded the OBE for services to Higher Education in 2003.
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