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Dr Gillian Nancy Robinson

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Honorary Fellow

BSc (Hons)(Chemistry), PhD, Postgraduate Teaching Qualification in Secondary Education


Dr Gill Robinson is an Honorary Fellow in the Law School and Edinburgh Futures Institute. She has a career-long interest in widening access to opportunities and improving the life chances of people who are marginalised and excluded, especially children and young people. She is Professional Advisor for young people in custody with the Scottish Prison Service.

Her interests and areas of knowledge include children, young people and women in the justice system, children affected by imprisonment, prison policy and practice and developments in education. Her work draws together evidence and data of different kinds and seeks to communicate findings and implications in ways that are relevant to policymakers and practitioners, including teachers.

Her previous roles spanned academic research, evaluation, teaching, policy development and practice in different contexts and include Director of the East of Scotland Consortium of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), Chief Inspector in HM Inspectorate of Education and Head of the Scottish Government’s Curriculum, Assessment and Qualifications Division for the inception of Curriculum for Excellence.