Andrea Nelson

Professor Andrea Nelson PhD RGN, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Director of the Research Centre for Health (ReaCH), Glasgow Caledonian University

Andrea is an adult Nurse with a PhD in Bioengineering and a clinical researcher working in the prevention and management of chronic wounds, such as leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers. This research evaluates the effects of treatment, including diagnostic tests, often using trial and systematic review methods.  These studies have made a difference to care of patients by their results being integrated within clinical practice guidelines, nurse education and by providing tools for clinicians to assess patients to better prevent pressure ulcers.

Over the last 20 years she has worked at the Universities of York, Leeds and is now based at Glasgow Caledonian University where she is an executive lead for Research and Innovation, as pro vice-chancellor, research (PVCR). She directs the Research Centre in Health and Life Sciences, called ReaCH, and undertakes her personal research portfolio.

In the PVCR role she oversees the Graduate School comprised of almost 600 post-graduate students (e.g. PhDs), the Research and Innovation Office supporting the preparation of high quality research applications, knowledge transfer, consultancy, business start-up and innovation awards.

She is the Executive lead for her research centres, lead on the Civic University and Community and Public Engagement agenda, and has been coordinating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) activity since May 2021. These varied aspects of her work are all working towards the University mission ‘for the common good

Presentation at The Society of Tissue Viability 2022 Conference

The United Nations sustainable development goals and tissue viability practice


After attending this session, persons will be able to:

  • Understand the ambitions of health services to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) ambitions within their mission
  • Describe the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
  • Reflect upon ways in which their tissue viability practice contributes to the UN Sustainable development goal on Good Health and Well-Being
  • Consider ways in which their tissue viability practice might contribute to other UN Sustainable development goals, such as Gender Equality, Sustainable Cities, Reduced Inequalities and Responsible Consumption and Production


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Glasgow Caledonian was the first UK University to develop its research strategy to align with the UN SDGs and we use these to guide our research questions, strategy, and how we conduct our research.  Working in this way ensures that we are aware of and seek to meet the highest standards of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) responsibility both as an educator of around 20,000 students and as a major employer in Glasgow.

Within Tissue Viability we have a number of opportunities to consider the impacts that our practice has upon people and the planet. This presentation will set out the SDGs and explore the ways in which contemporary tissue viability practice and research could contribute to enhanced sustainability.  Examples around SDG #3 – Good Health and wellbeing, and SDG#5 on Gender Equality, will be raised to prompt practitioners to reflect upon their sustainable practice.