Dr Clair McNulty

Dr Clair McNulty


British Council

Job title

Director Science




Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2013: Realising the Potential of Researchers
Sessions and workshops

Developing the global researcher



Claire leads the Science and Sustainability team at the British Council which develops and supports science and research-related projects across the British Council global network, and builds and maintains relationships with key stakeholders in the UK and overseas. She is involved in a number of international projects, including the European Commission's 'Euraxess' initiative, which aims to enhance the mobility of researchers in Europe

After finishing her degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Leeds University, Claire moved into the field of Developmental Biology, completing her PhD in heart development at King’s College London in 2000, and then working as a post-doc in the Netherlands at the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology. In 2004 she moved into scientific publishing, working for Excerpta Medica, an Elsevier company. In 2005 she became an independent Science Consultant. From 2005 to 2008 she worked on several science-related projects for the British Council, including ‘Next Generation Science’, aimed at school children, and ‘Network UK’, a support service for international researchers in the UK.
In 2008 she was appointed Adviser in Life Sciences and Science Policy, for the British Council and in January 2011 she took on the role of Acting Director of Science at the British Council. She has recently been appointed to this role permanently.

In September 2011 she also took on a part-time role at the Royal Society, as a senior science policy adviser, where she worked on the Pfizer-Royal Society African Academies Programme; an initiative aimed at building capacity within the national academies of science in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia.