Strathclyde appoints new University Secretary

View of the University of Strathclyde's James Weir building looking across Rottenrow Gardens

The University has appointed Dr Veena O’Halloran to the post of Secretary and Compliance Officer.

Dr O’Halloran is currently Director of Student Experience and Enhancement Services at Strathclyde, a post she has held since 2009. Following a rigorous recruitment process, she will take up statutory responsibilities to the University Court for governance and compliance functions. She will also have oversight of health and safety, risk management and information access.

Dr O‘Halloran takes up her new post on Thursday 1 June.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of Strathclyde, said: “Veena is highly regarded by staff and students alike. In her current role, she has led significant expansion of our support services for students, and has helped to greatly enhance our students’ experience.

“She has also played a critical role in supporting our mission to widen participation in higher education, ensuring that ability – and not financial or social circumstance – determines participation.

“I am delighted she is taking on this new role, and on behalf of the University community, I wish her every success in her new post.”

In her current role at Strathclyde, Dr O’Halloran leads a directorate with nearly 100 staff members. She has overseen a significant expansion of the University’s widening access initiatives, reflected in Strathclyde’s position as Scotland’s leading research-intensive University for attracting increasing numbers of widening access entrants to higher education. 

She has also served as a non-executive member of the Scottish Funding Council – appointed by the First Minister – and as a Universities Scotland member of the Universities UK Harassment and Hate Crime Task Force.

Dr O’Halloran said: “I am delighted and deeply honoured to be appointed to the new role.  I look forward to working with the Convener and members of Court, the Principal and members of Senate and colleagues across the University in my new capacity and to playing my part in building on the University’s current success.”

Dr O’Halloran gained a BA (hons) in Geography and Archaeology and an MA (hons) in Geography from University College Galway – now NUI Galway – before going on to take a PhD at the University of St Andrews.

She joined Dundee Institute of Technology – now Abertay University – as Assistant Registrar in 1990 and moved the following year to the University of Aberdeen as an administrative officer. From 1996 to 1999, she was at the University of Dundee, first as Faculty Secretary at Duncan of Jordanstone College and then as Director of the Registry. She then spent 10 years in an equivalent role at the University of Edinburgh before joining Strathclyde in 2009.

Dr O’Halloran is a member of the Association of University Administrators and the Academic Registrars Council. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.