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Matson Lawrence


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Personal Statement

Matson is a Research Associate with the NORFACE-funded CILIA-LGBTQI+ study, based at the School of Education, examining intersectional lifecourse (in)equalities among LGBTQI+ people in four European countries.

    Prior to this role, he most recently worked on the TransEdu Scotland research and wider TransEDU project based at the University Strathclyde. Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the research examined the experiences of, and current provision for, trans and non-binary applicants, students and staff in colleges and universities across Scotland. In 2018, the project was awarded a Guardian University Award, a Herald Scotland & GenAnalytics Diversity Award, and a Strathclyde Medal Team Award.

    Matson's co-authored book – Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students and Staff in Further and Higher Education: Practical advice for colleges and universities – was published by Jessica Kingley Publishers in January 2019. Matson has also led Creative Scotland-funded research on young disabled and D/deaf people’s access to arts provision with Birds of Paradise Theatre Company. He has worked extensively with intersectional LGBTQI+ communities in the third and arts sectors, through roles at LGBT Health and Wellbeing and CCC! Intersectional Arts.

    Matson holds an interdisciplinary Doctorate in Law and Applied Social Sciences from Durham University examining young adults’ perspectives on pornography and its legal regulation, and has been a Research Assistant on several gender-based violence projects.

    In 2018, Matson completed a secondment at the Scottish Funding Council as a Senior Policy / Analysis Officer, with responsibility for the implementation of the Gender Action Plan in colleges and universities across Scotland.

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • PhD Law and Applied Social Sciences, Durham University
  • BA Combined Honours in Social Sciences, 1st Class Hons, Durham University
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Strathclyde (Ongoing)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University

Bachelor of Arts, Durham University

External positions

Senior Policy Analysis Officer (Secondment), Scottish Funding Council SFC

26 Feb 201816 Nov 2018

Board Member, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! Arts


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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2016 2019

student applicant
educational setting
secondary education
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Guardian University Award

Matson Lawrence (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Herald Diversity Award

Matson Lawrence (Recipient), 11 Oct 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2014 2019

Blog: 'It gets better? Intersectional LGBTQI+ (in)equalities and the UK Government’s LGBT Action Plan

Yvette Taylor (Blogger), Matson Lawrence (Blogger)
24 Sep 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

From Section 28 to LGBTQI+ Inclusion? Legacies, tensions and trajectories in Education

Yvette Taylor (Organiser), Matson Lawrence (Organiser)
1 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia