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Professor Carol Morris

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University in 1992 as a Staff Tutor in the West Midlands Region, after several years as a student and Associate Lecturer. I was an Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Technology and in the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology before becoming a central academic and Director of Teaching in the former Department of Engineering and Innovation. I held the role of Deputy Head of the School of Engineering and Innovation from 2016- 2020.

I  chaired the self-assessment team which made a successful submission for an Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2016 and was deputy chair when the School was awarded Athena SWAN Silver in 2020 .

I am a Council member of the Women's Engineering Society, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an academic accreditor with the IET.

Research interests

My scholarship interests are in three key areas; assessment for learning, inclusive engineering education and Women in Engineering.

I am an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology.

Teaching interests

I am currently a member of several module teams teaching engineering to first year students. I am particularly interested in encouraging more women to study engineering.

Recently I was part of the team tasked with mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on engineering students practical experience.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Editorial: Gender and Intersectionality in Engineering (2019)
Moncaster, Alice and Morris, Carol
International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 11(1) (pp. 1-9)

Implementing programme reform through a radical change in assessment practice (2018-05)
Morris, Carol and Goodyear, Alec
In: Lawrence, Jenny and Ellis, Sam eds. Supporting programme leaders and programme leadership. SEDA Specials (39)
ISBN : 978–1– 902435-61-9 | Publisher : SEDA | Published : London

Case Study 16: Transforming assessment practices in undergraduate engineering for distance-learning students (2017-12)
Morris, Carol and Goodyear, Alec
In: Elkington, Sam and Evans, Carol eds. Transforming Assessment in Higher Education: A Case Study Series (pp. 94-98)
Publisher : Higher Education Academy | Published : UK

Changing direction: understanding and promoting mature female entry to undergraduate engineering programmes (2018-09)
Morris, Carol and Organ, Sally
In : SEFI Annual Conference (17-21 Sep 2018, Copenhagen)

Teaching in Context: Integrating Mathematical Thinking and Personal Development Planning into the Curriculum for Part-Time, Distance-Learning Engineering Students (2018-06)
Morris, Carol; Organ, Sally and Goodyear, Alec
In : EDEN 2018 ANNUAL Conference (17-20 Jun 2018, Genoa, Italy) (pp. 61-68)

Women in Engineering at the Open University: motivations and aspirations (2017-05-22)
Morris, Carol and Organ, Sally J.
In : New Approaches to Engineering in Higher Education Conference (22 May 2017, IET, London)

Responding to the changing HE environment: developing a sustainable engineering curriculum for part-time distance learning students (2017-05)
Morris, Carol; Goodyear, Alec and Organ, Sally
In : New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education Conference (22 May 2017, London, UK)

Open and Distance Learning for Engineering; Opportunities and Challenges (2012-06)
Organ, Sally J. and Morris, Carol
In : International Conference on Engineering Education (30 Jul - 3 Aug 2012, Turku, Finland)