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Professor Geoff Layer

Chair - Disabled Students' Commission

Geoff Layer has recently retired as Vice Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, having worked for over 40 years in higher education. He is now working on strategic development for Coventry University. Prior to becoming the longest serving Vice Chancellor of University of Wolverhampton, Geoff was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Bradford University having moved there from a teaching role at Sheffield Hallam.

Throughout his academic career, he has researched and developed access and inclusion issues and has been a member of the Advance HE Board, Chair of the HE Sector’s EDI Committee and Chair of the SLC Stakeholder Forum. He also led the Disabled Student Sector Leadership Group between 2015 & 2018 and has been Chair of the Disabled Students Commission since 2019. In 2021, the Disabilities Minister also appointed him as Disability Ambassador for Universities. . He has recently become Chair of the Board at Fircroft Residential Adult Education College and is a trustee of the Workers Education Association.

He is a passionate Sunderland fan and plays cricket for Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club.