Former Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman has taken up a new role at the University of Glasgow.
Freeman, who stood down as an MSP last year, joins in a part-time role as ambassador for community engagement, public health and innovation at the university’s medical school.
She previously served as a member of the Scottish Parliament for Carrick, Cumnock and the Doon Valley from 2016 until 2021.
The university has said she will play an “active role” in the £91m Living Laboratory project in Govan.
Freeman praised the university for its part in “world-changing projects” as she took up the role.
“I am delighted to join the University of Glasgow, and the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, in this new position of ambassador for community engagement, public health and innovation,” she said.
“The university leads many world-changing projects all poised to create real-world impact for people, locally, nationally and internationally.
“I am particularly excited to play a role in the Living Laboratory project in Govan, where working together with all partners, we can realise health benefits for patients and our NHS.”
Principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, said the experience of the former health secretary would be “invaluable” in the position.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Ms Freeman to the University of Glasgow, in what will be an important role that harnesses her expertise in health policy and community engagement,” he said.
“Ms Freeman’s background as one of Scotland’s most prominent and respected politicians, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, will be invaluable in making a success of this new role.”