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Dr Mary S Morrison BSc (Joint Hons), PGCE, CTEFLA, MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Director of the Education Development Office

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Mary Morrison joined Southampton Business School in 2011 as a Learning and Teaching Coordinator. She became the Director of the Education Development Office in 2015, which works to support both staff and students and enhance education practice in the School.

Mary gained her first degree from Durham University and went on to study for a PGCE at the Institute of Education in London.

She taught in central London for a number of years before working for the environmental group Greenpeace at its London office. After training as a language teacher Mary taught English in Germany for 2 years before returning to campaign work for the International Transport Workers’ Federation on a project with global reach.

Mary then returned to study for an MSc in International Relations in Southampton, where she also completed her PhD.

Taking up her first post in Southampton University Centre for Learning and Teaching in 2005, as Education Development Advisor, Mary led on a range of initiatives to reward teaching staff and enhance education across the University. In 2006/7 she successfully project-managed the Institutional Audit. She then moved on to manage a large and diverse project to widen employer engagement before joining the Business School.

Within SBS, Mary’s team works to support and develop teaching staff and students.  The support for students is developing and facilitating the delivery of language and study skills. A key part of the team’s approach is to work with students as partners, gathering feedback, recommending change and running peer support schemes at both UG and PGT level. These schemes are reviewed and improved year on year. This collaborative approach extends to all staff and students, and Mary believes strongly in the need for a feeling of community to underpin a productive working and study environment.

As Director of the EDO, Mary is a member of the School Executive.

She was also:

a Member of the University Senate 2016-2020;

President of Southampton University Branch of the University and College Union 2019-20;

a member of various university-wide projects and groups such as the Southampton Opportunity Project, the Curriculum Innovation Steering Group, the Employability network and

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Conference Contributions

Morrison, M. and Harvey, F. (2017) A multidisciplinary application of mobile learning with iPads: a comparison of approaches for enhancement IN: Baab, B.F., Bansavich, J., Souleles, N., and Loizides, F. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education, University of San Francisco, 16-18 March 2016. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 23/31.

Morrison, M., Leah, J., Harvey, F., and Masters, C. (2015) Embedding The iPad as a Learning and Teaching Tool: A Case Study of Staff and Student Perspectives in a Management School IN: Souleles, N. and Pillar, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Use of iPads in Higher Education, Paphos, 20/22 March 2014. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 23/31.

Edited Works: Contributions

Drucquer, N. Thomas, C. and Morrison, M. (2011) The angel in the marble and the devil in the detail: flexible learning in work-based educational models IN: Tallantyre, F. and Kettle, J (eds.) Learning from Experience in Employer Engagement. York: Higher Education Academy, 53-65. Available from Headacademy.

Paterson, M. and Morrison, M. (2011) Supporting staff in flexible learning development IN: Tallantyre, F. and Kettle, J (eds.) Learning from Experience in Employer Engagement. York: Higher Education Academy, 77-90. Available from Headacademy.

Journal Papers - Professional Journals

Berthiaume, D. and Morrison, M. (2009) The professional development of teaching staff in UK universities. National considerations and insights into practices at one university. Beitrage zur Lehrerbildung, 27 (1).

Berthiaume, D. and Morrison, M. (2006) A Framework for the Professional Development of Academic Staff with Teaching Responsibilities. Education Developments, 7 (4)17-18. Available from SEDA.

Other Publications

Comunian, R, Shenoi, A. and Morrison, M. (2014) Knowledge and Business Engagement Networks in Academic Maritime Research: A Case Study of the University of Southampton. Unpublished

Dr Mary S Morrison
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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