Wendy Piatt

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Wendy Piatt
1st Director-General of Russell Group
Assumed office
Personal details
Born 17 November 1970 (1970-11-17) (age 45)
Alma mater King's College London
University of Oxford

Wendy Louisa Piatt (born 17 November 1970) is the Director General of The Russell Group of UK universities from January 2007.


Piatt was born in Birkenhead, in the Wirral,[1] and went to convent school in Birkenhead.[2]

She was awarded a first class honours BA in English from King's College London before studying for an MPhil in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and then a D.Phil in 16th and 17th century political philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford.[1][2] Her thesis was entitled "Politics and religion in Renaissance closet drama".[3]


Piatt went on to work for the left-of-centre think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research before joining the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, where she rose to the post of Deputy Director.[2] She was a former head of education at the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR).[4]

In January 2007, she was appointed Director General of The Russell Group.[2]


  1. ^ a b Wendy Piatt: Taking on the world The Independent, 22 February 2007 Archived 6 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d Wendy Piatt: The vice-chancellors' new velvet glove | Special Reports | EducationGuardian.co.uk
  3. ^ University of Oxford Combined library catalogue
  4. ^ Crace, John (14 November 2006). "Wendy Piatt: The vice-chancellors' new velvet glove". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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