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Personal Statement

Matson is an Equality and Diversity Manager at the University of Strathclyde. He co-leads the Equality & Diversity Office team within the Access, Equality and Inclusion service.

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.

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.

Between 2018 and 2021, Matson was a Research Associate with the NORFACE-funded CILIA-LGBTQI+ study, based in the Strathclyde Institute of Education, examining intersectional lifecourse (in)equalities among LGBTQI+ people in four European countries.

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 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.

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):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

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

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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