Staff achievement

Professor Lesley McMillan

Our staff continued to lead their fields in 2021. As well as conducting ground-breaking research and inspiring our students, they are shaping our world as advisers to the Scottish, UK and international governments and to bodies such as the World Health Organization. 

Professor Lesley McMillan was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, joining thinkers and experts whose work has significantly impacted the nation. Professor McMillan's internationally renowned research on gender-based violence has helped reform police interview practice with rape survivors across the UK and transformed how officers in Scotland are trained to respond to traumatised survivors of sexual violence.

Research led by Blood-cancer specialist Dr Mark Williams on targeted treatments for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia reached a “significant milestone” with the publication of ‘Macrophages in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia: Significant Players in Therapy Resistance and Patient Outcomes’, his and PhD student Katie Miari’s first peer-reviewed paper on drug resistance.

Dr Williams was invited to showcase his research at international events including Pharmacology 2021, the British Pharmacology Society 90th Anniversary Conference, and the annual Macrophage-directed Therapies Summit, as well as guest edit the British Journal of Pharmacology and the Frontiers in Pharmacology Journals.

Dr Mark Williams

Professor Dawn Skelton helped shape Public Health England’s ‘Wider Impacts of COVID-19 on Physical Activity, Deconditioning and Falls in Older Adults’ report, which predicted that the number of falls among older adults could increase due to a decline in balance and muscle strength caused by inactivity during the first lockdown.

Head of Visa Immigration Support and Advice and army reservist Peter Yetton won the prestigious Military Values in Business Award at the Scottish Ex-Forces Business Awards. 

Dr Kris McGill and Kathryn VandenBerg were recognised by the Society for Rehabilitation Research for their work improving the lives of stroke survivors.

Dr Keith Baker was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for his work on tackling fuel poverty. Dr Baker has researched and campaigned on fuel-poverty issues on behalf of GCU's BEAM research centre, BEAM spin out the Energy Poverty Research initiative, and Common Weal.

Dr Keith Baker

The Wise Centre for Economic Justice’s Professor Sara Cantillon and Dr Nina Teasdale produced a landmark report on the care economy and COVID-19 for UN Women and The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Professor Claudia Estcourt was behind new European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control guidance on using PrEP, the HIV prevention treatment.

Professor Linda Scobie joined the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food for the Food Standards Agency. 

Professor Sebastien Chastin was named in the top one per cent of the world’s most influential researchers in the Clarivate’s Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers 2021 list.

Professor Sebastien Chastin

Dr Jackie Riley was named Best Educator at the Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards in recognition of her work to inspire and motivate the next generation of cyber security professionals. 

Dr David McGuire won best paper at the 2021 Irish Academy of Management Conference.

Dr Angela O'Hagan helped shape a report by the SNP’s Social Justice and Fairness Commission report which proposed measures including trialling a Universal Basic Income to help eradicate poverty in Scotland. 

Dr Alec Wersun joined the new PRME Global Chapter Council, set up to support the development and impact of PRME Regional Chapters.

Assistant Vice Principal Business Partnerships Fiona Stewart-Knight was appointed Ambassador for Education and Skills in the Tech Sector by Scottish Tech Army, which recruits volunteers from the country's tech community to help third sector organisations deal with the impact of the coronavirus.  

Dr Ima Jackson helped shape Scotland’s first Women’s Health Plan. The ground-breaking document includes a commitment to cut waiting times for diagnosing endometriosis from eight years to one, offer miscarriage care plans and widen access to specialist menopause services.

Dr Ima Jackson

Professor John McKendrick, co-director of GCU's Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit, appeared before a House of Commons select committee to provide evidence that benefit caps make people less likely to find work.

Dr Kirsteen Goodman was recognised by the UK Continence Society for presenting the best abstract at its annual conference.

The Scottish Funding Council gave Dr Chris Hand an Innovation Voucher to research an app supporting students with learning disabilities.

Dr Karen Thomson won Victoria League Foundation funding to develop a fun module to teach international students missing out on campus life during lockdown about Scottish culture. 

Student Communications Assistant Rebecca Meechan won a place on 2050 Climate Group's award-winning Young Leaders Development Programme, designed to give young Scots the skills to lead action on climate change.

Rebecca Meechan