Douglas Halliday is Director of Durham University’s Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy. The Centre has 50 PhD students from academic departments across the sciences and social sciences undertaking research projects related to Energy. This unusual blend of researchers encourages the skills of meaningful multidisciplinary dialogues and multidisciplinary research methodologies, enhancing the skills of doctoral candidates. Douglas Halliday is a member of academic staff in the Department of Physics and undertakes research into new materials for thin-film solar cells. He has published over 100 conference and journal papers and previously won a Durham University Excellence in Teaching Award. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute.
From 2005-2010 Douglas Halliday was Dean of Durham University Graduate School. In this role he was responsible to senior management for University strategy, policy and procedures for postgraduate students and chaired the University’s Graduate School Committee. Over the 5 years of his leadership the Graduate School expanded by 50% to 1,600 postgraduate research students. He has contributed to postgraduate policy developments at national level in the UK and at European Level. Under his leadership the Graduate School received the 2009 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers in recognition of the substantial and wide ranging nature of the support and training offered by the Graduate School to postgraduate students.