Professor Cathy Jackson

Prof. Cathy Jackson

Executive Dean, Faculty of Clinical & Biomedical Sciences and Head of the School of Medicine

School of Medicine

Harrington Building, HA123

+44 (0) 1772 89 5907

In addition to her role as Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Jackson was appointed as Executive Dean of Faculty of Clinical & Biomedical Sciences in 2017. She is a Professor of Primary Care medicine and remains both clinically active and research active within the area of clinical medicine and medical education.

Full Profile

Professor Cathy Jackson BSc(Hons), MB ChB, MRCGP,MD,FHEA

Professor Jackson is Head of the Medical School at UCLan and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Science having previously held the positions of Associate Dean and Head of Medical Education.

Prior to her arrival at UCLan, she held the position of Deputy Director of Teaching and Director of Clinical Studies at St Andrews University in addition to holding a Chair in Primary Care Medicine.

Her specialist training is in Primary Care Medicine and she held the post of senior lecturer in Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee Medical School before being appointed as Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of St Andrews in 2007.

Alongside her role at UCLan, Cathy holds numerous examinerships at home and abroad and is a member of many national and international committees.

Professor Jackson’s research interests lie in the area of inflammatory airway disease, early recognition and management of chronic disease management and medical education.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

Chair of an Athena Swan panel 2013 –
Deputy Chair NIHR PCCPI panel 2012 –
Primary Care UK HoDs 2008-
Primary Care UK HoTs 2008 –
NICE Health technology appraisal committee member 2006 – 2014

Research Activities

Professor Jackson’s research interests are in the areas of inflammatory airway disease, early diagnosis and management of chronic disease and medical education.

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Professor Jackson is head of Medical Education


The potential role of direct and indirect bronchial challenge testing to identify overtreatment of community managed asthma. Manoharan A, Lipworth BJ, Craig E, Jackson C. Clin Exp Allergy. 2014 Oct;44(10):1240-5. doi: 10.1111/cea.12352. PMID: 24912796 [PubMed - in process]…

Safety risks for patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease after acute exposure to selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and COX-2 inhibitors: Meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Morales DR, Lipworth BJ, Guthrie B, Jackson C, Donnan PT, Santiago VH. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Jul;134(1):40-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.10.057. Epub 2013 Dec 31

Adverse respiratory effect of acute β-blocker exposure in asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Morales DR, Jackson C, Lipworth BJ, Donnan PT, Guthrie B. Chest. 2014 Apr;145(4):779-86. Review. PMID: 24202435 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Can text messaging be used as an effective method for collecting quality and detailed evaluation data from students on clinical placements? Struthers J, Irvine P, Jackson C. Med Teach. 2013 Aug;35(8):678-83. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.801549. Epub 2013 Jun 11. PMID: 23758179 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]