Julia Goodfellow, University of Kent

8 March 2016


Universities are among the world’s most enduring institutions. Longevity has been associated with both enduring values, in the provision of education and the enlargement of knowledge, and sometimes radical changes in the societies in which they exist. Universities have had to transform themselves in the past. At a time when there is unprecedented – and increasing – worldwide demand for higher education there will be a need for further transformation. The future shape of universities will be determined by how well they can adapt to the demands of their polities for delivering the skills needed by society and how well their research can deliver impact.


Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent since 2007. She was appointed to both the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology in 2011. She was elected to serve as President of Universities UK for two years from 1 August 2015.

Before joining Kent, Julia was Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which she joined from Birkbeck College where she had been Professor of Biomolecular Science, and Vice-Master. She was the first woman to become Chief Executive of any of the UK Research Councils.

The David Watson Memorial Lecture Series, 2015 – 2016, What Should Universities Be?

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