In the inaugural lecture of the University of Wolverhampton Lectures, entitled 'Research in UK Higher Education: The Challenges and Opportunities', Professor Geoff Layer discusses important recent changes in the Higher Education sector that will have a significant impact on UK HE research, including the Higher Education and Research Bill and plans to establish the UKRI, the July 2016 Stern Review and the impact on REF funding, as well as considering the potential impact of Brexit.
Professor Geoff Layer is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton and 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 becoming 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 Strategy. He was also Director of the HEFCE Innovations Co-ordination Team from 2000-2002.
At Wolverhampton, he is a member of the Black Country Local Economic Partnership, a board member of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Equality Challenge Unit, a board member of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Higher Education Public Information Steering Group, a member of the QAA Advisory Committee on Degree Awarding Powers, a trustee of the Open College Network West Midlands, a trustee of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, and a range of local and regional bodies.
Geoff was 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, a Fellow of Leeds College of Music, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded the OBE for services to Higher Education in 2003.
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
This event is open to the general public as well as staff and students at the University of Wolverhampton.
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