First Minister announces new top role for GCU researcher

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen Glasgow Caledonian University School of Health and Life Sciences researcher Dr Ima Jackson to jointly lead her flagship National Advisory Council for Women and Girls.

The announcement was made at the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (NACWG) – Celebratory Circle Event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday, January 29.

The NACWG was set up to champion gender equality and suggest where more action is needed to tackle persistent inequality, support women in work, end violence against women and girls and challenge gender stereotypes.

Dr Jackson was asked to co-chair the NACWG with Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive of Young Scot, because of her unique participatory approach to community engagement within research here at GCU.

The First Minister wants her to “lead on the core work developing the intersectionality recommendations and policy processes for the Advisory Council, with a new participatory model of her [sic] design”.

Last month Dr Jackson accepted another offer from the Scottish Government to lead on the development of a new ‘National Research What Works Institute’ to evidence the processes for systemic change in the public attitudes to girls’ and women’s rights.

Dr Jackson said: “I am delighted to have been asked by the First Minister to be involved at such a high level through working for the Advisory Council and to lead in developing a new national research institute for the Scottish Government.

“The reason the Scottish Government approached me for both roles was to bring in the participatory model and my intersectional expertise developed through my research and academic work.

“Migration forces change and working with communities of colour and migrants in Scotland has required the development of new ways of working within the Academy. This learning, developed within migration research is now to be applied within the gender framework in order to help create the mechanisms and approaches to bring about systematic change there.

“It feels good to get this level of recognition for the work I have been doing at GCU related to community engagement and its place within the Academy.”

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