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Baroness Perry of Southwark graduated from Cambridge University in Philosophy, and taught philosophy in universities in Canada, USA and UK before joining HM Inspectorate of Education, becoming Chief Inspector in 1981 after 10 years. From 1986 she served, for a period of 8 years, as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of South Bank University (previously South Bank Polytechnic), and then for 7 years as President of Lucy Cavendish College in the University of Cambridge. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 1991, where she was Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Universities Group for 13 years, and vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Education Group. In 1986, she collaborated with John Cassels and James Prior to create the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) which would become National Centre for Universities and Business in 2013.Barnoness Perry remains a regular and active chair and speaker for a number of different policy-related forums in education, and across a range of other sectors.