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Matson is the acting Equality and Diversity Manager at the University of Strathclyde. He leads the Equality & Diversity Office within the Access, Equality and Inclusion service.
Prior to this role, Matson was 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.
Between 2016-2018, Matson 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 provision for, trans and non-binary applicants, students and staff in colleges and universities across Scotland. The project was awarded a Guardian University Award, a Herald Scotland & GenAnalytics Diversity Award, and a Strathclyde Medal Team Award.
In 2018, Matson was seconded to the Scottish Funding Council as a Senior Policy / Analysis Officer, with responsibility for overseeing implementation of the Gender Action Plan in colleges and universities across Scotland.
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 sexual media and its legal regulation, and has been a Research Assistant on several gender-based violence projects.
Matson co-chairs StrathPride, the LGBTQI+ staff and PGR network at the University of Strathclyde. 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.
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)
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Durham University
Award Date: 15 Jan 2015
Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in Social Sciences, 1st Class Honours, Durham University
Award Date: 1 Jul 2009
Senior Policy Analysis Officer (Secondment), Scottish Funding Council SFC
26 Feb 2018 → 16 Nov 2018
Board Member, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! Arts
2013 → 2018
- 1 Similar Profiles
- 5 Finished
Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ People in Five European Countries
1/03/18 → 30/11/21
Empowering leadership to support transgender students and staff within higher education
Mckendry, S. & Lawrence, M.
1/10/17 → 1/02/18
CILIA-LGBTQI+ Comparing Intersectional Lifecourse Inequalities among LGBTQI+ Citizens in Four European Countries: Scotland Policy BriefTaylor, Y., Lawrence, M. & Andreasen, M. B., 1 Feb 2021, Turku, Finland. 9 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile79 Downloads (Pure)
Trans inclusive Higher Education: strategies to support trans, non-binary and gender diverse students and staffMckendry, S. & Lawrence, M., 19 Jul 2020, Strategies for Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in the Academy: Higher Education, Aspiration and Inequality. Crimmins, G. (ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 201-221 21 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen AccessFile
Guardian University Award
Lawrence, Matson (Recipient), 2018
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Herald Diversity Award
Lawrence, Matson (Recipient), 11 Oct 2018
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Neurodiversity Research Hub (Event)
Anna Robinson (Chair), Matson Lawrence (Chair), Lynn McNally (Member), Christine Sousa Marmoy (Member) & Susan Harrington (Member)2021
Activity: Membership types › Membership of network
Blog: 'It gets better? Intersectional LGBTQI+ (in)equalities and the UK Government’s LGBT Action Plan
Yvette Taylor (Blogger) & Matson Lawrence (Blogger)24 Sept 2019
Activity: Public Engagement and Other Activities › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation