Ms Fiona Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Social Work (part-time)

Email address: F.Morgan@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 518921 Location: MC318 Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Community and Society Areas of expertise: Undertaking qualitative research on informal carers and older people. Provide expertise about informal carers and care policies

About

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 work degree programme. I supervise social work students' Master's dissertation projects and Professional Doctorate Stduent's theses.  I am a member of the Ethics Panel for the Department of Social Work.

Background

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 2016-2017 I undertook a qualitative research project at the University of Wolverhampton entitled “Student carers: supporting their educational success” which was funded by the University’s Early Researcher Award Scheme.  I am currently working on a new research project about the experiences of informal care among migrant communities in Britain.

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 Work degree programme

  • 6SO026 Critical Debates in Social Work
  • 5SO001 Social Work with Adults
  • 4SO006 Law for Social Work

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 and Professional Doctorate theses.  I have personal tutor responsibilities for social care and Social Work students.  I am a placement tutor for MA social work 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

MA/MSc/MPhil

Total number of Completions: 6 MA Social Work Dissertations

  • Exploring the views of young carers about the support they receive during transitions to adulthood. (2016-2017)
  • Exploring the Step Up To Social Work programme and MA Social Work degree programme in relation to students’ learning outcomes. (2016-2017)
  • 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)
  • An exploration of the use of foodbanks (2014-2015)
  • An analysis of the support networks and services offered to victims of forced marriage (2013-2014)

Current supervisions 

First supervisor for 3 internal MA social work dissertation projects due to complete June 2018

  • Exploring the views of housing project workers on why young people (aged 18-25 years old) use drugs and alcohol.
  • Exploring professionals’ perspectives about the experiences and challenges faced by adult asylum seekers in accessing health and social care provision
  • Effective communication between people living with dementia and practitioners 

Professional/Practitioner Doctorate

  • Supervisor and Director of Studies for one student project: ‘Different constellation and shining stars: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) parents’ voices on accessing healthcare for their adopted children’,  Due to complete 2020.

 

Membership of professional bodies

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

Nov 2018

                                                                      

Qualifications

 

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.

Publications

Publications

Journals (include web links if applicable)

MORGAN, F. (2018). The Treatment of Informal Care-Related Risks as Social Risks: An Analysis of the English Care Policy System. Journal of Social Policy, 47 (1), pp. 179-196.   

Roscoe, K. D., Morgan, F. and Lavender, P., (2018), Ageing and Learning ICT Skills: Implications for social care. Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 19 (2), (forthcoming)

Books/Book Chapters (include ISBN numbers)

Morgan, F. (forthcoming), Applying governance analysis to understanding the complexity and implications of the English care policy system, in E. Carmel (ed.), Governance analysis: critical enquiry at the intersection of society, politics and public policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

 

Practitioner Publications and Reports

Morgan, F. 2017, Student Carers at the University of Wolverhampton: Supporting their Educational Success. University of Wolverhampton.

 

Conference Presentations Oral presentations/seminars/workshops/Posters/Invited Presentations

  • November 2017: “A Forgotten Minority”?Student Carers at the University of Wolverhampton:
    Supporting their Educational Success. Public seminar presented at the University of Wolverhampton as part of the Faculty of Health, Education and Wellbeing Public Seminar Series for Social Welfare. 27th November 2017.
  • July 2017: ‘“A Forgotten Minority”? Student Carers: Supporting their Educational Success’ at HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, 4th July 2017
  • June 2017: “A Forgotten Minority”? Student Carers at the University of Wolverhampton: Supporting their Educational Success’ at the Annual Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 20th June 2017
  • 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: ‘Using policy 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: https://wlv.academia.edu/FionaMorgan

Previous professional experience

 

Current appointment: Senior Lecturer In Social Work (Part-Time)

Department of Social Work, Institute of Community and Society- 03/06/2013- Present.

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

I taught seminar groups on the following undergraduate units:

Social policy, welfare and the state; Social problems and social policy; Social research: sources, presentation and communication. 

Marking assignments, presentations and exam papers

 

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

Education Welfare Officer, Bristol City Council

Working in partnership with schools to devise strategies for improving school attendance and identifying children at risk. 

Working with children and their families and engaging with other statutory agencies to assist in the management of identified risks.

Undertaking statutory duties including writing court statements and Parenting Order reports and holding Parenting Orders issued by the Magistrates Court.

 

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.

 

Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath,

Post-graduate Teaching Assistant

I taught seminar groups on the following undergraduate units:

Social policy, welfare and the state; Social problems and social policy; Social research: sources, presentation and communication. 

Marking assignments, presentations and exam papers

 

Education Welfare Officer, Bristol City Council

Working in partnership with schools to devise strategies for improving school attendance and identifying children at risk. 

Working with children and their families and engaging with other statutory agencies to assist in the management of identified risks.

Undertaking statutory duties including writing court statements and Parenting Order reports and holding Parenting Orders issued by the Magistrates Court.

 

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

Social Worker, Disability North Team, Warwickshire County Council

Social Worker, East Area Care Management Team for Older People, Coventry City Council

Care Manager, Epsom and Ewell Community Care Team for Older People, Surrey County Council

Social Worker (locum), Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading Unitary Authority

These social work and care management roles provided me with multiple transferable skills including;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for engaging effectively with older and younger adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health problems, their families and professionals.  The ability to record accurate case notes in accordance with data protection principles.
  • The ability to work sensitively with adults in challenging circumstances when assessing and managing identified risks and undertaking adult safeguarding investigations to protect individuals from abuse.  
  • A proactive approach to developing and maintaining productive relationships with team members, professionals and service providers from a range of statutory, private and third sector agencies.
  • Excellent time management skills as a result of working in a pressurised work environment. The ability to prioritise and co-ordinate large and often complex case loads. 
  • The ability to adapt to working effectively in a diverse range of environments.

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Further information

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

Research Centre(s)/Clusters:

  • Member of Social Welfare, Policy and Inequalities Research Group.
  • Member of the University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for Applied Research and Education (CARE) in Dementia
  • Member of Faculty Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (FASSAT) for FEHW
  • Member of Diaspora and Wellbeing Research Cluster > DIARC

Research Focus

  • Service user groups: Informal carers; student carers; Older people; carers from BAME groups
  • Social Policy: Welfare States (social services, cash benefits, employment policies); Care policies; Social risk; Feminist theory
  • Methodology: Comparative research methods and qualitative research methods including policy simulation tools, interviews, document analysis