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Dr Veena O’Halloran, BA (Hons)., MA (Hons)., PhD., FRSA., FSAS.

Dr Veena O’Halloran completed honours BA and MA degrees at University College, Galway, specialising in human geography. Winning a National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship in Human Geography enabled her to do a PhD at St Andrews University.

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Veena O'HalloranIn 1990 she commenced a career in Higher Education management. She has extensive professional experience in the university sector across five universities and a wide variety of roles, dedicated to the achievement of world class education and research.

Veena worked at the universities of Abertay, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh prior to joining Strathclyde University in 2009, as Director of Student Experience and Enhancement Services. She served as a member of the University Court and the Senate at Strathclyde.

Veena took up her appointment as University Secretary and Compliance Officer on 1 June 2017. She is Secretary to the University Court and Senate and, in partnership with the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, has delegated responsibility for the administration of the University. She is responsible for the coordination of institutional compliance based activities and leads the Strategy & Policy and Student Experience and Enhancement Services Directorates, ensuring that high quality and value added services are provided. As a key member of the Executive Team, she contributes to the development of strategy, overall management and direction of the University.

Veena is passionate about education and empowering young people by raising their aspirations and attainment. With a career in higher education spanning 27 years, she has extensive experience of strategic leadership, policy development, people, project and change management, and University governance.

In 2015 Veena was appointment by the First Minister as a non-executive Board member of the Scottish Funding Council until 3 October 2019.

Veena lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Professor Rab Houston, Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews.

Veena's appointment is from 4 October 2015 to 3 October 2019.

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