SURFACE - Inclusive Design Research Centre

PhD success for SURFACE candidate

Monday 22 July 2013

SURFACE student, Mark Morgan-Brown, has been awarded his PhD by the University of Salford. Exemplifying the type and calibre of candidate supported by SURFACE, Mark has completed his PhD on a part-time basis while employed in a related field (in his case, as a Senior Occupational Therapist at the Health Services Executive (HSE) in Ireland).

Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, Mark’s research comprised an evaluation of the 'Household Model' of residential care for people with dementia. Over the course of his studies, Canadian-born Mark has spoken about his research at international conferences, had several journal articles published, sat on the National Research Committee for the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland and been responsible for initiating a Pathways of Care for Dementia at the diagnostic clinic of a local hospital.

Mark said: "Changing circumstances over the course of my PhD have led to my research being quite different from that on which I first embarked. This has required me to be adaptable and flexible, as well as confident in my ability to be self-directed and independent in my professional learning and development. Looking back, I can see how this process has been guided by Marcus as my supervisor and both he and Rita have been incredibly friendly and hospitable throughout. For me, a PhD has been a life changing experience, both personally and professionally.”

Read more about our PhD students on the SURFACE website.