Dr Heather May Morgan

Dr Heather May Morgan
LLB (Hons), CertHE, MRes, FHEA, PhD, FRSA

Lecturer (Scholarship)

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Dr Heather May Morgan
Dr Heather May Morgan

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Biography

I am a multidisciplinary social scientist whose formal training spans law, French language, forensic medicine, philosophy, gender studies, social research, sociology, criminology and health services research. I was appointed as a Lecturer (Scholarship) within the University of Aberdeen’s Postgraduate Education Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences on 01 October 2017. I previously worked at the Chief Scientist Office-funded Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, from February 2012 to September 2017. I led several multidisciplinary collaborations before transitioning into health services research in 2012. I have external experience in the independent monitoring of prisons (Scottish Government, 2010-2013).

To date, I have individually or jointly secured research funding totalling more than £1.6m. I am lead author or co-author of over thirty peer-reviewed papers and two edited collections. I review for a number of high impact journals/publishers and have assessed grant applications for several national governments as well as major UK funders. I am co-creator of Aberdeen’s original, free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality game for iOS devices: [m]apping

I have substantive research interests in digital health, methodological expertise in designing, leading and delivering qualitative and mixed methods studies in applied health sciences and a pedagogical research focus on authentic assessment, postgraduate training and employment, within and beyond universities. I welcome enquiries from potential PhD and project students who wish to work with me on any of these areas. I work closely with a range of community, government and industry partners to undertake and apply her research and facilitate student work placements.

 


Qualifications

FRSA, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Royal Society of Arts 2018
PhD, Sociology University of Aberdeen 2013
FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Advance HE/HEA 2011
MRes, Social Research University of Aberdeen 2007
CertHE, Gender Studies and Philosophy University of Aberdeen 2006
LLB (Hons), Law with Options in French Language and Forensic Medicine University of Aberdeen 2005

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal

I am a member of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team

External

I am:


Prizes and Awards

I was named 'Most Accessible Lecturer (Champion for Students with Disabilities)' in the Aberdeen University Student's Association and University of Aberdeen Awards for Excellence in 2019 and nominated 'Most Inspiring' in 2019 and 'Funniest Lecturer' in 2020.

I am active in public engagement with research and a four-time Principal’s Prizes for Public Engagement with Research winner (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). 

I was selected as a participant of the prestigious Scottish Crucible leadership and development programme in 2015.

 

Research

Research Areas


Research Overview

I specialise in research into the use of (digital) technologies to generate, document, analyse and respond to information about human biomarkers and behaviours, by individuals and organisations. I research how the addition or integration of such technologies into everyday living is viewed and experienced, the ways in which they impact on social life at a number of levels (e.g. personal, public, political, economic) and their implications, including unintended consequences.

I primarily uses qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis, often involving ethnographic, narrative and case study methods, in a range of settings. I also lead and/or contribute to mixed methods studies and have: undertaken systematic reviews (mixed methods and critical interpretive syntheses); utilised and developed behaviour change taxonomies; co-designed and co-analysed two large scale surveys and a discrete choice experiment; and managed feasibility and intervention (randomised controlled trial) studies.

My pedagogical research explores authentic assessment, postgraduate training, career development and employability.

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD or project students  who wish to work with her me on any of these areas.


Current Research

My current substantive work explores people's uses, experiences and views of various health technologies within and independently of health and social care services (e.g.  wristwatch ECGs, smartwatches for running; ambulance drones; AI in the NHS; GPS in elite football; apps for resistance training; nutrition tracking; medical education simulation; fertility tracking; sleep hygiene; athletes’ use of performance apps; apps/wearables for weight loss; video-delivery of exercise programmes in sheltered housing); electronic records in ambulances (ERA); post-intensive care rehabilitation: an evaluation of the scaling up of the InS:PIRE programme; RAACENO: the use of devices to inform prevention of childhood asthma attacks; and blockchain technology’s potential application for health services and research.

My pedagogical research considers authentic assessment in both University and work-based learning, assessment and feedback processes, postgraduate student support and mentoring and the development of graduate attributes through work-based placements at postgraduate level.

My previous work looked at: European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): working with professional football clubs to help men become more active and less sedentary; self-management of long-term health conditions (including using health self-monitoring technologies); surveillance interventions for healthy behaviours in pregnancy (particularly around smoking, including the use of home indoor air quality monitoring and financial incentives contingent on carbon monoxide exhalation monitoring); and gender/deviance in police CCTV operations.


Supervision

Co-supervisor: Taylor Coffey's PhD research on how theoretical/behavioural approaches can be used in the context of improvement to clinical trials, 2019-

Co-supervisor: Christopher Allen's PhD research, 2020-

 


Research Funding and Grants

 

Dates

Award holder(s)

Funding body

Title

Value

2019-
2021

Co-applicant (PI:
David Fitzpatrick,
University of
Stirling)

Chief Scientist
Office
HIPS/19/28

Creating safe
handover systems for
the pre-hospital
environment

£269,963.00

2019-
2020

Co-applicant (PI:
Marjorie Johnston,
University of
Aberdeen)

Wellcome Trust
Institutional
Strategic
Support Fund
Public
Engagement
Fund

Engaging with he
Children of the 1950s
study: telling the story
of Aberdeen (talks,
sound, food)

 £9,002.00
2019

Personal Award

Aberdeen University Students’ Union and University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Awards Winner: Most Accessible Lecturer (Champion for Students with Disabilities) £500.00 for activity
2019

Co-applicant (PI:
Zoe Skea,
University of
Aberdeen)

NHS Grampian

R&D
Endowments
Research Grant

Baby boxes and

parental capabilities:
developing a measure
of social outcomes

£10,427.00

2019

Co-applicant (PI:
Amudha Poobalan,
University of
Aberdeen)

Learning and

Teaching
Enhancement
Programme,
University of
Aberdeen

Enhancing

postgraduate learning
and experience:
Evaluation of the
SUCCESS PLUS
programme (SociocUltural
Coaching for
Careers and

Employability to
Support Success:
Pathways for Life
Underpinning
Success)

 £1,958.00

14 September 2018

Personal award

Principal's Prize, University of Aberdeen

Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2018, Winner: Senior Category.

£400.00 + £400.00 for activity

2017-2020

Co-applicant (PI: Steve Turner, University of Aberdeen)

 

NIHR/EME

Research study: Reducing asthma attacks in children using exhaled nitric oxide as a biomarker to inform treatment strategy – a randomised trial (RAACENO).

£1,534,562.32

2016-2018

Co-convenor (with Beverley Searle, University of Dundee)

 

Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES)

Funds to establish ‘Pollinating Wellbeing’ Forum.

£5,440.00

02 August 2017

Personal award

Principal’s Prize, University of Aberdeen

Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2017, Outstanding Achievement: Early Career Category.

£200.00

July 2017

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

Aberdeen Humanities Fund/Development Trust: Cities of Ghosts

For the [M]apping knowledge exchange and commercialisation project.

£740.00

June 2017

Lead applicant, group award

Marie Curie Alumni Association, Scotland Chapter

Funds to support HSRU public engagement activity in late 2017.

£198.80

May 2017

Lead applicant, group award

Public Engagement with Research Unit, University of Aberdeen –  Enabling Award

Funds to support HSRU public engagement activity at May Festival 2017.

£424.60

May 2017

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

Sport Aberdeen/Aberdeen City Council using funds from The Heritage Lottery Fund

For the [M]apping knowledge exchange and commercialisation project. To work with Sport Aberdeen to co-create a version of our app for the March Stones initiative over summer 2017.

£1800.00

May 2017

Personal Award

Institute for Medical Education, University of Aberdeen

Funded summer intern position. To support exploration of digital health medical education in the UK.

£1500.00

February 2017

Personal award

Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Staff Development Budget. To attend and present at a conference.

£300.00

January 2017

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

 

sound festival

For the [m]apping knowledge exchange and commercialisation project in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen to continue development of the [m]apping mobile application and link through to the Aberdeen soundsites project.

£2,219.00

February-July 2016

Co-PI (with Ed Welch and Pete Stollery, University of Aberdeen, and Andrew Sage, Andrew Sage Arts and Entertainment)

Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation award, University of Aberdeen

‘From GEOrge Washington Wilson to GEOtagging: Mapping and Apping the city.’ Award of funds to create a history, health, sonic, visual and tourism app, building on and combining our programme of recent public engagement with research activities: [m]apping.

£7,923.00

29 May 2016

Personal award

 

Principal’s Prize, University of Aberdeen

Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2016, Winner: Early Career Category.

£400.00 + £400.00 for activity

10-13 May 2016

Co-PI (with Becky Brown, University of Aberdeen and Luna Dolezal, University of Durham)

Fondation Brocher, Switzerland

Funds to host residential workshop entitled: ‘Vice and Virtue: the Rise of Self-Tracking Technologies and the Moralising of Health Behaviours’, Brocher Foundation, Hermance, Switzerland.

6,000.00 SWISS FRANCS

01 August 2015 – 31 January 2016

PI

 

Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, Fellowship Development Award, University of Aberdeen

Research study: ‘Using self-administered health monitoring technologies to support self-management of long-term conditions: a qualitative evidence synthesis.’

£24,894.00

October 2015

Personal award

Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Staff Development Budget. To attend and present at a conference.

£200.00

31 May 2015

Personal award

Principal’s Prize, University of Aberdeen

Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research 2015, Outstanding Achievement: Early Career Category.

£200.00

30-31 May 2015

Personal award

Scottish Government

Funds to allow 'Take it right outside' equipment (pop up house, augmented reality kit and one staff member) to be brought to Aberdeen for May Festival event. 

£669.00

June 2012

 

Co-PI (with Dr Suzanne Young of SCCJR)

The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Funds to facilitate a workshop for academics and practitioners entitled: 'Investigating the Role of Gender in Police Decision Making.'

£804.00

2008, 2009, 2011

 

PI

Roberts Fund, University of Aberdeen

Funds to support College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward.

£1,750.00

2008, 2009, 2011

 

PI

 

College of Arts and Social Sciences and constituent Schools, University of Aberdeen

Funds to support College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward.

£12,400.00

March 2010

Personal award

ESRC/University of Durham.

Funds to attend 'Writing Across Boundaries' residential Researcher Development Workshop. 

£500.00

October 2007 – September 2010

Personal award

College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Awarded a fees-only PhD studentship. 

 

£10,800.00

July 2009

 

Personal award

Principal's Small Grants Fund, University of Aberdeen

Awarded funds to visit the Center for Gender Studies, University of Chicago, to present at their staff/student seminar series, and to visit the Chicago Police Department in order to carry out research fieldwork. 

£1,455.88

 

July 2009

 

Co-PI (with Lindsay Milligan, University of Aberdeen)

Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, Higher Education Academy

Awarded a sum to provide several home and overseas travel bursaries for delegates of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward. 

£550.00

July 2009

 

Co-PI (with Lindsay Milligan, University of Aberdeen)

Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, Higher Education Academy

Awarded a sum to provide several home and overseas travel bursaries for delegates of the College of Arts and Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference, Moving Forward. 

£550.00

Teaching

Courses


Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to the training, supervision and assessment of BSc, MSc and PhD students across a range of disciplines’ programmes at the University of Aberdeen. I previously taught on University of Aberdeen undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Gender Studies, Sociology and Health Studies in the School of Social Science (2007-2012) and social aspects of health in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition (since 2009), as well as on the interdisciplinary Sixth Century Course in Sustainable International Development (2011).

 


Non-Course Teaching Responsibilities

I have also taught on courses for staff through the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Academic Development and contribute teaching for Postgraduate Research students through the Graduate School's programme of workshops.

 

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