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Dawn Morley

Dr Dawn Morley DProf

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Room no. RM312

Biography

Following a rich career in nursing and nurse education, Dawn moved into academic development in 2013 and has worked at Bournemouth University, University of Surrey and Solent University. Dawn fulfilled her ambition to support staff to give their very best to teaching and learning by leading PG Certs and an MA in Higher Education before co-designing a new educational doctorate programme at Solent.

In 2015, Dawn completed a professional doctorate that examined the nature of work-based learning for student nurses. She built on this experience through editing two books on work based learning in higher education: Enhancing employability in higher education through work-based learning (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Facilitating learning in practice – a research based approach to challenges and solutions (Routledge, 2019). Dawn has also designed an MA module - Applied Learning in a Professional Setting - based on her doctorate experience.

Most recently, Dawn has worked as an external consultant on the £400,000 HEE-funded STEP project (Strengthening a team based approach to education in practice) through the University of Middlesex and is an external examiner for clinical teaching courses at the University of Essex.

Dawn is the coordinator of the South Coast Accreditation and Recognition Network (SCARN) for nine UK universities in the South who host HEA accredited teaching programmes.

Research interests

Dawn is currently leading research in real-world learning and editing Solent's first open access book 'Applied pedagogies in higher education - real-world learning and innovation across the curriculum' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). In conversation with the book authors, Dawn is constructing a pedagogic model of real-world learning to recalibrate students' learning to one that enhances their skills and attributes for future employment or lifelong learning.

Further information

  1. Recent publications

    Dawn has authored and contributed to a number of books, journals and articles. Follow the link below for a full list.

    Morley, D., (ed) 2018. Enhancing employability in higher education through work based learning. Palgrave Macmillan. I talk about this experience: https://www.solent.ac.uk/staff/learning-and-teaching/blog/2018/setting-your-writing-loose

    Chapter contributions of:

    Morley, D. 2018. ‘Introduction’ In Morley, D., (ed) 2018. Enhancing employability in higher education through work based learning. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Morley, D., Diaz, A., Blake, D., Burger, G., Dando, T., Gibbon, S and Rickard, K., 2018. ‘Student experience of real time management of peer working groups during field trips’ In Morley, D., (ed) 2018. Enhancing employability in higher education through work based learning. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Morley, D. 2018. ‘The ‘ebb and flow’ of student learning on placement’ In Morley, D., (ed) 2018. Enhancing employability in higher education through work based learning. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Kinchin, I.M., Heron, M. Hosein, A., Lygo-Baker, S.N., Medland, E., Morley, D., and Winstone, N.E., 2018 ‘Researcher – led academic development’ International Journal for Academic Development 23 (4), 339-354

    Diaz, A., King, C., Brown, M., Franklin, E and Morley, D.,2019 ‘Benefits from engagement and leadership achieved by students co-creating science through Student Environment Research Teams (SERTs)’ Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal 2(2), 181-191

    Morley, D., Wilson, K and Holbery, N (eds)., 2019 ‘Facilitating learning in practice – a research based approach to challenges and solutions’. Abingdon, New York: Routledge

    Chapter contributions of:

    Morley, D., Wilson, K and Holbery, N., 2019. ‘Introduction – taking steps towards a new vision of nursing and midwifery practice learning’ In Morley, D., Wilson, K and Holbery, N (eds)., 2019 ‘Facilitating learning in practice – a research based approach to challenges and solutions’ Abingdon, New York: Routledge

    Holbery, N., Morley, D and Mitchell, J., 2019. ‘Expansive Learning’ In Morley, D., Wilson, K and Holbery, N (eds)., 2019 ‘Facilitating learning in practice – a research based approach to challenges and solutions’ Abingdon, New York: Routledge

    Morley, D., Wilson, K and Holbery, N., 2019. ‘Future recommendations for practice education – next steps In Morley, D., Wilson, K and Holbery, N (eds)., 2019 ‘Facilitating learning in practice – a research based approach to challenges and solutions’ Abingdon, New York: Routledge

    Dibben, L and Morley, D.A., 2019 ‘Using the Living CV to help students take ownership of their learning gain’ IN Diver, A (ed) ‘Employability via Higher Education: Sustainability as Scholarship' Edited collection, Springer.

    Morley, D., Bettles, S., and Derham, C., 2019 ‘Exploration of students’ learning gain following immersive simulation – making feedback count’. Higher Education Pedagogies special issue: Assessment and Feedback (in press)

  2. Work in progress

    Dawn is setting up a new online Advance HE connect community to debate and connect academics and practitioners interested in 'real-world learning - applied pedagogies'. In 2020, she will be developing a real-world learning maturity assessment tool to test in specific disciplines. Results will be presented at the first Solent unconference in 'Real-world learning in higher education - educating students for learning and employment' during Easter 2020.
  3. Industry experience

    Dawn is a registered nurse tutor and continues to support student nurses in their clinical learning through Open University.
  4. Teaching experience

    Dawn completed a PGCEA in 1992 and is a senior fellow of Advance HE. Dawn taught in NHS staff development (HIV/AIDS), at sixth form and at foundation degree level before becoming an associate lecturer on the new pre-registration nursing programme for Open University (2004- 2009).

    As a senior lecturer in nursing at Bournemouth University (2008- 2015) Dawn led units in the sociology of health, communication and risk and these were differentiated through their use of innovative pedagogies and e learning.

    While leading the MA in Higher Education at the University of Surrey, Dawn designed and facilitated three modules in assessment and feedback, work based learning and evaluating educational research. The third module was the first online module taught at a distance for MA students.

  5. Awards

    Bournemouth University award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, December 2009; You are Brilliant award received from Bournemouth University Students' Union, July 2015.