Dr Huda Morgan

About

I obtained my DPhil from Imperial College London in 1994, where I worked on an EU-project in collaboration with University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. The project was on preparation and characterisation of nano-ceramics from molten salts for medical applications. I also obtained a Diploma in Engineering from Imperial College in 1994. Subsequently in 1995, I went onto work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on an MRC-project on Biophysics in relation to Dentistry and Biomaterials at The Royal London Hospital Medical College, Queen Mary University, London. In 1998, I joined Kingston University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and part-time HPL Lecturer. I teach on a wide range of modules across different courses within the school of Life Sciences, Chemistry & Pharmacy. I am extremely passionate about Skills & Employability and making a difference to students' lives post-graduation. In 2014, I set up a must-have academic skills checklist of soft skills pilot and began to assess my students' existing skills to identify their strengths and weaknesses and worked with them on building new skills and improving weak ones to secure Kingston University's graduates with the best jobs possible within the pharmaceutical industry. By 2016, I established a solid platform for constructing excellent Soft Skills that are tailored-made to employers' requirements by embedding my academic skills checklist across selected postgraduate & undergraduate modules within my school, which proved to be successful. Currently, I am a Lead for designing, selecting & embedding Tailored-Made Soft Skills on modular and course levels within my department through working as part of the school's skills, career & employability group set up in September 2019. I am also the Lead Investigator for a SADRAS pedagogical project with a grant of £3000 (Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme) to investigate different soft skills for career & employability across different students' levels and background. I will publish, share and present these findings during Kingston University's summer 2020 Festival of Learning (FoL). I am a Member of Industrial Advisory Board for Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences working closely with variety of employers to develop Kingston University's future graduates' skills for Industrial Employability, Summer Placements, Apprenticeship and other opportunities. I am also a Member of several committees; Athena SWAN, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), Network for Equality Champions (NECs) and Access & Inclusion.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Materials Science and Biomaterials

Qualifications

  • DPhil - Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, 1994
  • DIC - Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, 1994
  • MPhil - Southampton University, Southampton, 1992
  • BSc - Basra University, Iraq

Teaching and learning

I am equally passionate about teaching in higher education, students' developments & engagements and meeting Kingston University' Teaching Excellence Framework. I teach on several postgraduate and undergraduate modules on different levels and courses in the fields of Biomaterials, Research Projects, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy, and Chemistry. I am a Module Leader of Chemistry for Pharmacy with Foundation Year, Analytical Chemistry and a personal tutor for 20-25 Tutees to support them during their educational journey. I offer both open door and office hours policies, one-2-one private consultations and I act as a first contact to so many students. Being a Diverse Person, I find it easy to communicate with students of all levels and backgrounds. I adopt working in Partnership with Students Practice, motivation and rewards strategies to get the best out of the students and to help them do well in their studies. I always led by example to both my colleagues and students, which proved to be very fruitful, especially, when we are living in such diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan society. In October 2019, I was awarded SFHEA of Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy) for the outstanding work that I have done on Skills & Employability, Mentoring Colleagues, and Diversity & Inclusion. In January 2019, I became a Teaching Observer to observe, support and influence peers' teaching practices through constructive observations and guidance to achieve and meet Kingston University Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Currently, I am preparing for my applications for the Kingston University Teaching Fellow Award and the National Teaching Fellow Award.

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

I have a Track Record in Research in Inter-Disciplinary Areas that started many years ago during my postgraduate studies and my postdoctoral posts. I worked on an EU-AQUA joint collaboration between Kingston University, Queens Ireland, Barcelona water and University of Manchester on liquid fingerprints. EPSRC joint collaboration between Kingston University & University of North London on thermoplastic conducting polyaniline-rubber blends & composites. MRC joint collaboration between The Royal London Hospital Medical College and Queen Mary University, London, on Biophysics in relation to Dentistry and Biomaterials. My DPhil was on EU joint collaboration between Imperial College London and Universite Claude Bernard, Lyon, France on Nano- Ceramics from Molten Salts for Medical applications. Since became permanent in 2014, I focused my research on Diverse Middle Eastern projects, which have attracted many interests. To date, I have secured 9 Summer Internships Research projects that are sponsored by Kingston University for the sum of £10,800. These projects have benefited undergraduates with training on many essential soft and hard skills such as academic writing skills, analytical and chemical analysis, project management, critical thinking, IT skills, using spectroscopic and microscopy techniques to enrich them with the skills required for the work place. Projects that I managed include anti-oxidants in date palm as anti-cancer, biodegradable polymers blends for bone scaffold and other day to day projects; investigation of micro-plastic particles in food and drink, eating olive oil to lower cholesterol, nanotechnology in toothpaste and risk assessments and awareness of harmful chemicals in cheap cosmetics. My research interests are advertised on FindAPhD website with the recent attracted many self-funded PhD applicants on nutraceuticals to treat neoplastic and infectious diseases. I am a reviewer on several peer-reviewed research articles for Elsevier-3 book proposals, John Wiley & Sons on transcript of French Molten salts chemistry book, Smithers-Rapa and SAGE-Journal of Polymers and Polymer Composites. Recently, I have applied for First Grant Award for the value of 10,000 to spend on research projects that are relevant to REF with possible collaboration from across the EU, the US, WHO, and NHS. I was Internal Examiner to 2 MPhil-PhD transfers (March & June 2019) on removal of traces concentrations of pharmaceuticals in water supplies in Lebanon, and polymeric scaffolds for retinal tissue regeneration. I was internal examiner for PhD viva (April 2017) on the degradation of polypropylene and novel blend formulations and the release of hazardous chemicals. I have supervised 17 Masters, 30 undergraduates, 7 summer interns, co-supervised postdoctoral research fellow on computational of light-weight bone material (2018), and 3 PhDs students on thermoplastic and conducting polymer blends and composites projects.

Business, knowledge transfer and international

Publications:

  • Asmaa Ajaj, Shayma J'Bari, Anthonia Ononogbo, Federico Buonocore, Joseph C. Bear, Andrew G. Mayes, and Huda Morgan*. Migration of styrene monomer and polystyrene microplastic particles from food and drink packaging into simulants, Scientific Reports, Nature submitted in November 2019.
  • Z Abbas, S Barton, P Foot & H. Morgan. Conductive Polyaniline/poly(epichlorohydrin-co-ethylene oxide) blends prepared in solution; Polym and Polym Composites, Vol. 15, No. 1 (2007).
  • KC Yong, PJS Foot, H. Morgan, S Cook & AJ Tinker. Conductive poly(butadiene-co-acrylonitrile)-polyaniline dodecylbenzenesulfonate blends prepared in solution. European Polym J 42, 1716-27 (2006).
  • Light-Weight Organo-Ceramics for Prosthetic, Surgical and Structural Applications. H. Morgan and PJS Foot, UK Patent Appl. no. GB03290566 March 2005.
  • D Poussin, H. Morgan and PJS Foot. Thermal doping of polyaniline by sulfonic acids, Polym Inter 52, 433-38 (2003).
  • H. Morgan, P Foot & NW Brooks. The effects of composition & processing on properties of thermoplastic polyaniline blends/composites, J Mater. Sci. 36, 5369-77 (2001).
  • H. Morgan, R. Wilson, J. Elliott, S. Dowker. Preparation and characterisation of monoclinic hydroxyapatite and its precipitated carbonate apatite intermediate, Biomaterials, 21, 617 (2000).
  • H. Morgan, R. Wilson, J. Elliott and P. Anderson. Cells for the study of acidic dissolution in packed apatite powders as model systems for dental caries, Caries Res.; 32:428 (1998).
  • Effect of Grinding on CaHPO4.2H2O Formation during Acid Ireatment of Apatites. H. Morgan, J. Elliott and P. Anderson. Abstract in J. Dent. Res. 1997, 76, 1083.
  • Preparation of Bulk Stoichiometric Hydroxyapatite. J. Elliott, S. Dowker, H. Morgan and P. Anderson. BSDR Conference, Brighton, April 7-10, 1997.
  • Novel System to Study Demineralization Process in Packed Apatite Powders. H. Morgan, J. Elliott and S. Dowker. Poster at the BSDR Conference, Brighton, April 7-10, 1997.
  • Dissolution Rate as a Function of Depth of Acid Overlying Packed Apatite. H. Morgan, J. Elliott and S. Dowker. Abstract in J. Dent. Res. 1997, 76, 1081.
  • Making Ceramic Powders from Molten Salts. Y. Du, D. Inman and H. Morgan, Materials World, August 1996, 458.
  • A Novel Preparation of Calcia Fully Stabilised Zirconia from Molten Alkali-Metal Nitrate. H. Morgan, B. Durand, F. Chassagneux and D. Inman, J. Mater. Chem., 1996, 6(3), 495.
  • Preparation of Yttria-Doped Zirconia Powder from Molten Salts. Z. Zhao, H. Morgan and D. Inman. Rare Metals, 1995, 14, 2, 91.
  • Zirconia Formation by Reactions of Zirconium Sulfate in Molten Alkali-Metal Nitrates or Nitrites. H. Morgan, B. Durand, F. Chassagneux, D. Kerridge and D. Inman, J. Mater. Chem., 1994, 4(8), 1331.
  • Preparation of Yttria-Doped Zirconia Powder from Molten Salts. Z. Zhao, H. Morgan and D. Inman. Proceedings of the Fifth China-Japan Bilateral Conference on Molten Salts Chemistry and Technology, Kuning, China, 28th Sept. to 2nd Oct. 1994, 126-129.
  • Published in Kingston University

    ·         Heba Elmedlou, Huda Morgan, (supervisor), Identification of the antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds in a selected type of date-fruits known as (Phoenix dactylifera). MPharm final year project report, June 2019 Kingston University.

    ·         Sarah Namuk, Huda Morgan, (supervisor). What are the antioxidants and antiseptics present in dates fruits that could be used as a possible cancer prevention therapy? BSc summer internship project report, July 2019 Kingston University.

    ·         Yostina Ishak, Huda Morgan, (supervisor). Dates as anti-cancer prevention drugs/cancer-therapy. MPharm summer internship project report, July 2018, Kingston University.

    ·         Bugrahan Bulut, Huda Morgan (supervisor). Could eating dates prevent cancer? BSc final year project report, July 2018 Kingston University.

    ·         Aonss Hadi, Huda Morgan, (supervisor). Dates as anti-cancer prevention drugs/cancer-therapy. BSc summer internship project report, July 2017 Kingston University.

    Papers in Preparations:

    ·         Fingerprinting of Beverages/Liquids, A. Augousti, J. Mason and H. Morgan.

    ·         Preparation of Homogenous Nano-Sized ZrO2-Y2O3 Solid Solution Crystallites from Molten Alkali Nitrates and Nitrites. H. Morgan, B. Durand and D. Inman

    ·         Processing of Polyaniline Blends/Composites. H. Morgan, P. Foot, & A. Farid.

    ·         Preparation of Novel Superconductors from Salts. H. Morgan and D. Inman.

    Assisted Publications:

    ·         New Lightweight Biomaterials, E. Drillet, STAGE project, 2004

    ·         Conducting polyaniline, E. Campbell, 2004

    ·         Conducting Thiophenes, C. Pratt, Kingston University, 2000

    Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

    Awards, Professional Memberships, Certificates and CPDs

    1.      SFHEA Advance HE (The Higher Education Academy) October 2019

    2.      FHEA Advance HE (The Higher Education Academy), 2017

    3.      Member of ATHENA-SWAN committee, December 2018

    4.      Member of Network for Equality Champions (NEC's), July 2019

    5.      MRSC of The Royal Society of Chemistry, London 2016

    6.      TEFL Teaching English as Foreign Language Award by UK-TEFL, 2013

    7.      PGCHE-Supervising Research Students certificate, Kingston University 2003.

    8.      Member of the UK Society of Biomaterials UKSB, 2000

    9.      Member of the UK Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, UK 2003

    10.  Workshops for SFHEA of Advance HE (Higher Education Academy), 2019

    11.  Workshops for FHEA of Advance HE (the Higher Education Academy), 2017

    12.  Teaching Observation Training for Teaching Observers, January 2019

    13.  Athena SWAN member, December 2018

    14.  Health and Safety, September 2018

    15.  Annual Festival of Learning (FoL) KU conference, 2017 and 2018

    16.  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 2018

    17.  Winning Research Grant Funding, June 2018

    18.  Refresher for Supervisors of Research Students, May 2018

    19.  Ongoing training on canvas, SEAts, Unified, SITS, OSIS, Turnitin, Clearing

    20.  MRSC of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016

    21.  Member of the UK Biomaterial Society, 2012

    22.  TEFL-UK-Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 2013

    23.  PGCHE-Supervising Research Students Module, Kingston University, 2003

    24.  Applications to EPSRC, Kingston University, 2002

    25.  Maximizing your Management Potential, 2002

    26.  Influencing and Negotiating Skills and Project Management Kingston, 2002

    27.  Save a Life, Kingston University, 1998

    28.  Health and Safety, The Royal London Hospital Medical College, 1996

    29.  SERC/CRAC-Graduate, Durham University, 1993

    Leadership and management

    In 2019, I have completed an online course on New Academic Leaders Strategies for Success by MagnaPubs and was awarded a Certificate of Completion (August 2019). From this course, I validated my mentoring skills, learned a lot about building strong and effective leadership to manage the challenges that may arise in any position any time, prepare for changes, and how to influence and motivate staff. In 2019 alone, I have attended vast number of CPDs and accomplished 30 sessions of Continuous Staff Development (CPD) that equipped me with substantial information on how the university works, new initiatives, knowledge, power and leadership. For my mentoring and coaching skills, I became Certified Mentor by the Royal Society of Chemistry, which is also recognised by UK National Mentoring Consortium. I have since 2014, mentored at least 12 academic, technical colleagues and PhD students that helped them with their career progression. I am aiming to attend Aurora (October 2020) to broaden, enhance and empower my management and leadership skills.