Geoff Layer is the Vice Chancellor
of the University of Wolverhampton and as such is the senior
executive and academic officer of the University. He joined
the University on the 1 August 2011.
He graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a LLB (Hons) and
entered a teaching and research career initially in Manchester and
then in Luton. He joined the Sheffield Business School in
1983 as a Lecturer in Law. Whilst at Sheffield Hallam
University he established a suite of access and student support
initiatives leading to the establishment of a national reputation
for inclusive learning. He was an adviser to a range of
national quality assurance and educational development initiatives
and became Professor of Lifelong Learning in 1996.
In 1999 he joined the University of Bradford as Director of the
Centre for Continuing Education. He was the founding Dean of
the School of Lifelong Education and Development in 2001, and
became Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) in 2004 before
taking up the post of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).
As Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) he was responsible for the
academic development of the University across its Teaching,
Research, Knowledge Transfer and High Level Skills activity.
Between 2000 and 2006 he was the Director of Action on Access,
an agency established to advise HEFCE on its Widening Participation
He was also Director of the HEFCE Innovations Co-ordination Team
from 2000-2002. He was involved in the background work of the
ESRC Research initiative in widening participation.
Whilst in West Yorkshire he served in the region as a member of
the West Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council, Careers Bradford
Board member, and was a member of Bradford Employment and Skills
Board. He was a Director of Higher Education Research
Opportunities Ltd and a Trustee of the National Open College
Geoff is currently a member of the Higher Education Funding
Council for England’s Teaching Funding Advisory Group, the
Teaching, Quality and the Student Experience Group and the Higher
Education Public Information Steering Group. In addition he
is a member of Universities UK’s Research Policy Network and the
Student Participation and Quality Network.
Geoff is also the Chair of the Steering Group of the HEFCE
funded Centre for Sustainable Procurement. He is a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded the OBE for services to
Higher Education in 2003.
Recent conference keynote addresses
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He was educated in the North East of England and in
Soham,Cambridgeshire. He is a Sunderland supporter and plays
cricket for Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club.
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