Ms Fiona Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Social Work (part-time)

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518921 Location: MC318 Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Public Health, Social Work and Care Areas of expertise: Undertaking qualitative research on informal carers and older people. Provide expertise about informal carers and care policies


Current role

I currently work as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Wolverhampton.  I have teaching responsibilities on the MA Social Work degree programmes and BA Social Care degree programme. I supervise social work students' Master's dissertation projects.  I am a member of the Ethics Panel for the Department of Social Work.


I completed my BA Social Work degree in 1998.  I spent the next ten years working as a social worker in local authorities in England, including in community care teams for older people and younger adults with disabilities and mental health problems and as an Education Welfare Officer working with children and their families.  In 2009 I completed an MSc in International Social Policy at the University of Bath.  In 2010 I undertook two research-related internships: one at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, the other in the Policy and Evidence Team at HelpAge International, London.  From 2010 onwards I undertook my PhD at the University of Bath which I successfully completed in 2015.  My thesis entitled ‘An analysis of the treatment of informal care as a social risk in England’ qualitatively analysed the treatment of informal carers by care policies in England using a policy simulation technique and undertaking interviews with practitioners and policy-makers and document analysis.  In July 2016 I obtained a research grant from the University of Wolverhampton to undertake a qualitative research project entitled: Student carers: supporting their educational success.

Summary of main responsibilities 

I am module leader for three in addition to having teaching responsibilities on the following modules:

MA Social Work degree programme

  • 7SO004 Law for Social Work Practice
  • 7SO007 Social work with Adults, Children, Families and Carers (Module Leader)
  • 7SO025 MA Social Work Dissertation (Module Leader)

BA Social Care degree programme

  • 4SC003 Informal Social Care in Britain (Module Leader

I have designed the teaching content of the modules I teach and I undertake marking across all these listed modules.  I also supervise MA social work dissertation projects.  I have personal tutor responsibilities for social care students. I am a member of the Ethics Panel for the Department of Social Work.

Research interests

  • Undertaking research (conceptual and empirical) in relation to Adult Social Care
  • Make university employment policies more carer friendly

Postgraduate Research Supervision


Total number of Completions: 4 MA Social Work Dissertations

  • An analysis of the support networks and services offered to victims of forced marriage (2013-2014)
  • An exploration of the use of foodbanks (2014-2015)
  • Exploring animal companionship for older people in residential care settings (2015- 2016)
  • Exploring practitioner’s views on the impact of Universal Benefits changes (2015-2016)

Current supervisions 

First supervisor for 3 internal MA social work dissertation projects

  • Exploring the views of young carers about the support they receive during transitions to adulthood.
  • Exploring the Step Up To Social Work programme and MA Social Work degree programme in relation to students’ learning outcomes.
  • Researching multi-agency working in adult social work from the perspective of different professionals 

Membership of professional bodies

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (Registration: SW91962) Expiry Date

Nov 2018



PG Cert in Higher Education, 2015-2016

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, August 2015. HEA Fellowship reference no: PR091162

PhD in Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, 2015.

MSc in International Social Policy (Distinction), University of Bath, 2009.

Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, Warwick University (West Midlands Regional PQ Consortium), 2003-2004.

BA (Hons) in Social Work and DipSW (1st Class), University of Hertfordshire, 1998.

Diploma in Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, 1995 – 1998

Rugby High School, 3 A Levels: and 9 GCSE's, 1993.


Conference Presentations 

  • November 2016: ‘The treatment of informal carers by care policies, processes and practitioners in England’. Public seminar presented at the University of Wolverhampton as part of the Faculty of Health, Education and Wellbeing Public Seminar Series for Social Welfare. 2nd November 2016
  • September 2016: ‘The treatment of informal care as a social risk in England: Conceptual and methodological innovations in undertaking comparative care policy analysis’. Conference presentation at ESPAnet (European Network for Social Policy Analysis) conference in Rotterdam ‘Re-inventing the welfare state? Pathways to sustainability, equality and inclusion in European welfare states’. 1st-3rd September 2016
  • July 2016: ‘Usingpolicy simulation techniques to analyse the treatment of the informal carers of older people by the English Care Policy System’. Conference presentation at the Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC) in Milton Keynes. ‘Celebrating that which unifies us: Global and UK perspectives on generic social work education, research and practice’.  13-15th July 2016
  • July 2015: ‘The treatment of informal carers and the older people they care for by state care policies and practitioners in England’, Conference presentation at JSWEC conference ‘Social work education and research across boundaries’, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 15th-17th July 2015 
  • July 2015: ‘The treatment of informal care as a social risk: an analysis of the unequal and inadequate protection of informal carers by state care policies in England’, Paper presented at the Social Policy Association Conference ‘Social Policy in the Spotlight: Change, Continuity and Challenge’, Belfast Metropolitan College, Belfast, 6-8th July 2015.
  • September 2014: ‘An analysis of the treatment of informal care as a social risk in England’. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on evidence-based policy in long-term care. London School of Economics and Political Science. 1st September 2014.
  • July 2012: ‘Care and inequality: a conceptual and empirical perspective on the treatment of informal care as a social risk in England’. Paper presented at the Social Policy Association Conference, University of YorkJune 2012: Paper presented at the Social and Policy Sciences Post-graduate Research Students’ Symposium,  ‘Social Science in a changing world: State, Society and Policy in Perspective’, University of Bath, 29th June 2012.
  • For copies of my conference papers and presentations see my web page:,

Previous professional experience

Post-graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath - October 2010 to 2013.

Education Welfare Officer, Bristol City Council - 2005 to 2009.

Social Worker (locum) Mental Health Team for Older People, South Gloucestershire County Council - 2005 to 2005.

Social Worker, Disability North Team, Warwickshire County Council - 2004 to 2005.

Social Worker, East Area Care Management Team for Older People, Coventry City Council - 2001 to 2004.

Care Manager, Epsom and Ewell Community Care Team for Older People, Surrey County Council - 1999 to 2001.

Social Worker (locum), Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading Unitary Authority - 1998 to 1999.



Further information

Dementia Champion for Alzheimer’s Society.  Training undertaken to deliver Dementia Friend’s Information Sessions in July 2016.