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Laura Jackson



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I am a registered adult nurse with clinical experience in critical care including accident and emergency, intensive care and coronary care.

I joined the University of the West of Scotland in February 2019 having previously been a lecturer in health and social care within the further education sector. As such I am interested in widening access to higher education and supporting students from diverse social and educational backgrounds.

Area of academic expertise - outline

My MSc thesis used a quantitative approach to explore job satisfaction and empowerment in coronary care nurses following a major service redesign.

Current research activities

Doctoral Research

Project Title: "Supporting mothers to succeed in higher education: A feminist exploration of the educationalexperiences of single mothers in nursing degrees"

The University of Strathclyde

  • 1st Supervisor - Professor Yvette Taylor (School of Education)
  • 2nd Supervisor - Professor Trisha Hafford-Letchfield (School of Social Work and Social Policy)


The aim of the study is to explore how student single-mothers interpret their experiences of education whilst completing an undergraduate nursing degree. Specifically, how do these students succeed in a nursing degree whilst fulfilling their parental responsibilities in a patriarchal society? The theoretical basis for this study will be the work of feminist philosopher Susan Moller Okin and her work concerning the family and social justice. 


Desired research direction

I am interested in exploring student’s use of social media as an educational adjunct and in the use of data science techniques such as sentiment analysis to explore this further.


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