Professor Karen Halliday

Dean of Systematic Inclusion


Professor Karen Halliday is the Dean for Systematic Inclusion within the College of Science and Engineering. In this role she provides strategic guidance on widening participation and diversification of the undergraduate student community.

Halliday has been an advocate for inclusion and diversity for over 10 years. A molecular geneticist, she draws on her expertise in deciphering biological complexity to understand the local and societal influences on cultural norms. She has longstanding involvement in University policy change, has delivered lectures in the UK and internationally, worked with Research Councils and the Scottish Parliament. She is a Beltane Public Engagement Fellow and has run outreach programmes in schools, and directed the gender gap exhibition Potential Difference shown at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is currently co-Director of eBase, EPSRC-funded Inclusion Matters research project which aims to identify cultural and institutional constraints to grant funding.