Julia Goodfellow

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Dame Julia Mary Goodfellow
Born (1951-07-01) 1 July 1951 (age 65)[1]
Citizenship UK
Institutions University of Bristol
University of Kent
Open University
Birbeck College
Thesis Structural studies of the corneal stroma (1975)
Notable awards DBE
Spouse Peter Goodfellow[1]

Dame Julia Mary Goodfellow, DBE, FMedSci, FInstP (née Lansdall; born 1 July 1951) is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent,[2][3][4][5] and Chair of the British Science Association.[6] She is the president of Universities UK from 1 August 2015 until July 2017.[7][8]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Goodfellow completed her BSc degree in physics at the University of Bristol[9] and obtained a PhD degree in biophysics at the Open University[10] Research Unit in Oxford. She began her career as Professor of Biomolecular Science at Birkbeck College in 1995, and was promoted to Vice Master in 1998.[11] In 2002, she was appointed chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the first woman to lead a UK research council.[8] Goodfellow served as chair of the British Science Association from 2009 to 2014.[12]

In 2007, she was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent.[13] In 2011, she was appointed to both the Council for Science and Technology and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.[7] Currently, Goodfellow is a member of the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) advisory board.[14]

Goodfellow has been elected Universities UK president from 2015-2017 and is the first woman to hold the role. In 2015, Goodfellow stated that Universities UK supported staying in the European Union, citing the “economic growth, employable graduates and cutting edge research discoveries” that the EU could provide in the education sector.[15]


Personal life[edit]

In 1972, Julia Lansdall married Peter Goodfellow, with whom she has one daughter and one son.[citation needed]


Goodfellow has been criticised for her travel expenses and pay for the 2014-15 year. Her travel expenses were reported to be £26,635, with 92% of flights being first or business class. She also received a pay rise of 3% in the same year, increasing her salary to £272,000.[22]

She received a £43,000 pay rise in 2012-13, a rise of 19%.[23] Other staff at the university were striking to secure a 2% pay rise in the same year.[23] The university was criticised by the University and College Union for attempting to "obscure key information" by obfuscating records of the meeting in which her salary was decided.[citation needed]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "GOODFELLOW, Dame Julia (Mary)". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ University of Kent website, 1
  3. ^ University of Kent website, 2
  4. ^ Birkbeck College website
  5. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  6. ^ British Science Association Council Archived 2013-06-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b "Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow elected President of Universities UK for 2015 - 2017". UUK. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Morgan, John (27 November 2014). "Julia Goodfellow to be first female UUK president". timeshighereducation.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Faculty of Science: Alumni and friends, bristol.ac.uk; accessed 9 April 2016.
  10. ^ Goodfellow, Julia (1975). Structural studies of the corneal stroma (PhD thesis). Open University. 
  11. ^ Goodfellow profile at the University of Kent website
  12. ^ "David Willetts to be new chair of the BSA". British Science Association. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "University appoints new vice-chancellor". Kent Online News. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Advisory Board". Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi). Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Universities UK declares "in" stance in UK’s EU debate". The PIE News. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  16. ^ Honorary degrees at Bristol University, bristol.ac.uk; accessed 9 April 2016.
  17. ^ Honorary Graduates, essex.ac.uk; accessed 9 April 2016.
  18. ^ Honorary graduates 2004-05 Archived 2014-12-02 at the Wayback Machine., ed.ac.uk; accessed 9 April 2016.
  19. ^ News: Six set for honorary doctorates at Durham University, dur.ac.uk; accessed 9 April 2016.
  20. ^ Quartet to be honoured at Manchester, manchester.ac.uk; accessed 9 April 2016.
  21. ^ "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 6. 
  22. ^ Florence Maher, UKC VC spent a staggering £26,635 on flying first class last year, thetab.com; accessed 9 April 2016.
  23. ^ a b University of Kent vice-chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow's salary increases to £265,000, kentonline.co.uk; accessed 9 April 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
Ray Baker
CEO of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Succeeded by
Douglas Kell