Janet Finch

Dame Janet Finch

Janet Finch speaking at Keele University Students' Union, November 2003.
Born Janet Valerie Finch
13 February 1946
Residence United Kingdom
Occupation British sociologist, academic and educational administrator

Dame Janet Valerie Finch DBE, DL, FAcSS (born 13 February 1946) is a British sociologist and academic administrator. She was Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Social Relations at Keele University,[1] and has held a number of other public appointments in the UK. She currently holds an honorary position at the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, based in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester.[2] She is also part of Flooved advisory board.


Finch was educated at Merchant Taylors' Girls' School, Crosby, Merseyside, and then Bedford College, London (now merged with Royal Holloway College, London (RHC)) where she obtained BA in Sociology. She obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bradford in 1975. She was made an Honorary Fellow of RHC in 1999.[3]

Finch has published extensively on family relationships, her research interests focusing especially on inter-generational family relationships. In September 1995, Finch was appointed Vice-Chancellor at Keele University, having previously been a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University.[1] At Keele, she has overseen substantial alterations of the University and the increasing development of a private Science and Business Park. She attracted controversy[4][5] in February 2007, when it was announced that she would receive a pay raise of 31.7%, the largest raise for any Vice-Chancellor in England that year.[6]

In a statement given to the THES, the university responded that the salary awarded would be frozen for a three-year term, and was awarded following comparisons with other institutions, and taking into account Finch's "outstanding performance during a period of cultural and procedural change and development".[7] She retired from her position in 2010, having served fifteen years as Keele's Vice-Chancellor. She returned the following year to be made a Doctor of Letters.[8]

Finch is one of four main panel chairs in the Research Excellence Framework,[9] based at the University of Manchester,[2] independent co-chair of the Council for Science and Technology, a non-executive director of the Identity and Passport Service and the chair of the Council of Ombudsman Service Ltd. In 2011 the government selected Finch to be the chair of the UK Statistics Authority, but during a pre-appointment hearing with MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee differences became apparent on how the independence of the chair should be exercised, and Finch decided to withdraw from the application process.[10][11] In 2012-13 Finch chaired the government's Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, which produced a report recommending a policy direction for open access.[12]


Janet Finch was named a CBE in the 1999 New Year's Honours List for services to social science, and a DBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours List,[13] for services to social science and higher education.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Janet Finch". Research Institute for Life Course Studies, Keele University. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  2. 1 2 Addelman, Mike (20 July 2010). "Professor Dame Janet Finch joins Manchester". University of Manchester. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  3. FINCH, Dame Janet (Valerie), Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011; online edn, Nov 2011 accessed 27 October 2012
  4. "Petition on university pay deal". BBC News. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  5. Ashley, Dan (22 February 2007). "Vice-chancellors' pay needs proper scrutiny says lecturers' union". University and College Union. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  6. University chief's pay rise tops 30%
  7. Attwood, Rebecca (23 February 2007). "Just what did they do to merit a rise?". The Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved 24 July 2008.
  8. McInnes, Kathie (4 June 2011). "Stoke City chairman Peter Coates earns honorary degree". The Sentinel. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  9. HEFCE announcement of panel chairs accessed 16 July 2010
  10. Curtis, Polly (7 July 2011). "Top candidate to head UK Statistics Authority withdraws". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  11. "Dame Janet Finch statement". Cabinet Office. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  12. "Finch Report". Research Information Network. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  13. "Supplement No. 1". London Gazette. 14 June 2008. p. 6. Retrieved 2 October 2009.

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Preceded by
Professor Sir Brian Fender
Vice-Chancellor, Keele University
Succeeded by
Professor Nick Foskett

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