Geoff Layer, Externally co-opted Trustee

Professor Geoff Layer has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton since August 2011.

Before joining Wolverhampton he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bradford and prior to that, after years of teaching and researching in Sheffield Business School, he became the Professor of Lifelong Learning in 1996 and Head of Access and Guidance at Sheffield Hallam University.

Geoff has always been active regionally, nationally and internationally.  He is a Board Member of Advance HE, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  He was Chair of the Department for Education’s Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group and is now Chair of the Disabled Students’ Commission.  Geoff is currently Chair of the Student Loans Company Stakeholder Forum and Chair of Universities West Midlands (UWM).  

Geoff is also a governor for the Telford College Corporation, a Trustee of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, a Trustee of the Worker's Educational Association (WEA) and is an appointed governor on the Council of Governors of the West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust.

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 and has researched and published widely on Inclusive Education.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, A Fellow of Leeds College of Music and was awarded the OBE for services to Higher Education in 2003.