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School of Health and Society

Dr Julie Morton

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in social work and teach about citical professional practice, critical reflection, research ethics and use of theory for social work. Before entering higher education I was in practice as an Approved Social Worker in mental health working in statutory agencies in the North West of England. I did an evaluation of a crisis resolution team before embarking on a PhD. My PhD was a study of the 'everyday' work of NHS Research Ethics Committes carried out with the support of the National Research Ethics Service (NRES). The focus of the study was the operationalisation and conceptualisation of capacity and consent in current ethical review processes using institutional ethnography as method.

My other research interest is in the development of innovative practice in teaching and learning about race and sexuality on social work programmes.

I have led curriculum development and design (for the MA in qualfying social work, the Msc in Applied Social Work/CPD for qualified social workers and the MA in Social Pedagogy). I also developed a CPD framework for qualified social workers in conjunction with partner agencies.


  • Critical reflection for qualified social workers
  • Research ethics and methods
  • International Lead for Directorate of Society

Teaching interests

  • critical,
  • theory,
  • social work,
  • ethics.

Research Interests

  • Ethnographic methods
  • Research ethics
  • Race and sexuality

Qualifications and Memberships

HCPC registered Social Worker, HEA Fellow, PhD, MSc Mental Health Practice, CQSW.


Morton, J 2010, ''Emotion in crisis, primary and secondary mental health services'', Journal of Social Work Practice.

Morton, J & Jeyasingham, D & Hicks, S 2013, 'The social work of sexuality: Rethinking approaches to social work education. ', Health & Social Care Education, 2(2).

Morton, J and Myers, S (2016) Identity, difference and the meaning of culture in health and social care practice. In Ahmed, A and Rogers, M (eds) Working with Marginalised Groups: From Policy to Practice. London. Palgrave

Postgraduate research

  • Social work
  • Mental health
  • Race and society
  • Sexuality