Professor Peter Byers in a meeting

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Peter Byers

Peter’s primary responsibilities are to provide academic leadership for:

  • The Teaching and Learning Academy
  • Development and implementation of the Institution’s Teaching and Learning strategy
  • Curriculum enhancement and innovation
  • The student experience; student engagement
  • Quality assurance and quality enhancement, and preparation for HE review
  • Strategic development of the taught portfolio: undergraduate and (taught) postgraduate
  • Student recruitment and admissions policy
  • Key staff involved in the education agenda

Peter also provides academic leadership for:

  • The learning environment: virtual and physical
  • The institutional timetabling project and digital library strategy
  • Student induction and transition
  • Curriculum review, and review of the academic framework  

Peter Byers sits on the Strategic Management Team of the University, is a member of Academic Board and attends Board of Governors.  

As one of three Pro-Vice-Chancellors he represents the Vice-Chancellor on academic appointment panels and works closely with the Vice-Chancellor, the PVCs (External Engagement and Scholarship, Research and Knowledge Transfer), Faculty Executive Deans, Associate Deans (Education and Quality), and School Directors in realising the strategy of the University.  

Peter chairs the following local Committees and Working Groups:

  • Education committee
  • Quality assurance and enhancement committee
  • Collaborative quality and standards panel
  • Recruitment policy committee
  • Scholarship board

Peter’s external activities include:

  • Member of the Sino-British College management team  

Peter’s international focus is East Asia.    

Short Biography

Professor Peter Byers was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Tasmania (Australia) where he majored in Chemistry and obtained an Honours degree in Organogold Chemistry (1983) and a PhD for his work in the area of High Oxidation State Organopalladium Chemistry (1987). After leaving Tasmania he joined Bristol University where he conducted research in the field of Cluster Chemistry (1988-1990), before moving to Sheffield University to work in the area of Fischer-Tropsch Chemistry (1990-1991).  In 1992, he was appointed lecturer in the School of Chemistry at Birmingham University. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999, to Associate Professor in Chemistry in 2004, and then Professor in the School of Chemistry (2010).  Professor Byers has acted as Head of the School of Chemistry (2004 - 2011) and Deputy Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (2005 - 2008). In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Quality, with portfolio responsibilities for both quality assurance and quality enhancement. In 2013 he moved to Liverpool John Moores University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education.

In 2006 Professor Byers completed an MBA in Higher Education Management (HEM) at the University of London (Institute of Education). He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.


Peter can be contacted through Executive Support Officer, Gemma Herbertson, on 0151 231 3527 or at