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Dr Huda Morgan

About

I am extremely passionate about Skills and Employability and in making a difference to students' lives after graduation. In 2014, I set up a must-have soft skills pilot and began to  assess my students' existing skills to identify their strengths and weaknesses. With the students, I worked on building new skills and improving on weak ones to prepare them for the market place. By 2016, I established a solid platform for constructing excellent Soft Skills that are tailored-made to employers' requirements. I achieved this by embedding my Academic Skills Checklist across selected postgraduate and undergraduate modules within my school, which proved to be successful in securing Kingston University's graduates some of the best jobs within the pharmaceutical industry. I now have more important and high profile roles and responsibilities on skills, career and employability:

Lead for designing, selecting and embedding Tailored-Made Soft Skills on modular and course levels for my department through working as part of the school's skills, career and employability group that was initiated in September 2019.

Lead investigator for a SADRAS pedagogical project with a grant of £3000 for the academic year 2019-2020. This is a Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme to investigate soft skills for career & employability across different students' levels and background. I will publish, share and present these findings in the summer Kingston University's Festival of Learning (FoL) June 2020.

Member of the Industrial Advisory Board to work along side the Head of the Chemical Pharmaceutical Sciences Department and other colleagues on meeting and discussing with employers the current job market to develop Kingston University' undergraduates' Soft Skills for potential EmployabilityIndustrial Placements, Apprenticeship & Summer Training.

Member of Athena SWAN committee, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).

Member of Network for Equality Champions (NECs)

Member of 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 also passionate about higher education, students' developments and 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 course 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 myself, I find it easy to communicate with the majority of the students of all levels and background to support them in the best way possible. I also adopt working in Partnership with Studentsmotivation and rewarding strategies to get the best out of the students and to help them do well in their studies. I also lead by example to both my colleagues and the students that has proved to be very successful, especially, when we are living in a very diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan society. I feel very blessed with my job in supporting the people around me to achieving their ultimate goals.  

I was awarded a SFHEA fellowship of the AdvanceHE (Higher Education Academy) for the outstanding work that I have done on Skills & Employability, Mentoring Colleagues, Diversity & Inclusion (October 2019).

I have also achieved my Teaching Observer status (January 2019) to observe, support and influence peers' teaching practices through constructive observations to 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. Since 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-cancerbiodegradable 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.

Through a FindAPhD advert, I have attracted many applicants for self-funded PhD studies on nutraceuticals to treat neoplastic and infectious diseases projects.

I carried out many reviews on peer-reviewed research articles for several publishers: 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 £5000-10000 to spend on research projects that are relevant to REF on nutraceuticals to prevent and/or treat neoplastic diseases with possible collaboration from across the EU, the US, WHO, and NHS.

I have acted as 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 also acted as internal examiner for a PhD viva (April 2017) on the degradation of polypropylene and novel blend formulations and the release of hazardous chemicals. Since 2014, I supervised 17 Masters, 30 undergraduates and 7 summer interns and co-supervised a postdoctoral research fellow on computational of light-weight bone material (2018), and 3 PhDsstudents on thermoplastic and conducting polymer blends and composites projects.

Previously during my 4 postdoctoral and PhD research I worked on the following projects:

EU-AQUA: Kingston University and Queens University Ireland, Barcelona water and University of Manchester on liquid fingerprints.

EPSRC: Kingston University & University of North London on conducting thermoplastic polyaniline-rubber blends and composites.

MRC: Royal London Hospital Medical College & Queen Mary University, London, on Biophysics in relation to Dentistry and Biomaterials.

EU: Imperial College London & University Claude Bernard, Lyon, France on nano-ceramics from molten salts for medical applications.

Publications:

1.       Conductive Polyaniline/Poly (Epichlorohydrin-co-Ethylene Oxide) Blends Prepared in Solution Z K Abbas, S J Barton, P J S Foot and H. Morgan. Polymers and Polymer Composites, Vol. 15, No. 1. 2007.

2.       Conductive Poly (Butadiene-co-Acrylonitrile)-Polyaniline Dodecylbenzenesulfonate Blends Prepared in Solution. KC Yong, PJS Foot, H. Morgan, S Cook and AJ Tinker. European Polymer Journal 42, 1716-27 (2006).

3.       Light-Weight Organo-Ceramics for Prosthetic, Surgical and Structural Applications. H. Morgan and PJS Foot, UK Patent Appl. no. GB03290566. (Published. March 2005).

4.       Thermal Doping of Polyaniline by Sulfonic Acids. D Poussin, H. Morgan and PJS Foot. Polymer International 52, 433-38 (2003).

5.       The Effects of Composition and Processing Variables on the Properties of Thermoplastic Polyaniline Blends and Composites. H. Morgan, PJS Foot and NW Brooks, J Mater. Sci. 36, 5369-77 (2001).

6.       Preparation and Characterisation of Monoclinic Hydroxyapatite and its Precipitated Carbonate Apatite Intermediate. H. Morgan, R. Wilson, J. Elliott, S. Dowker. Biomaterials, 2000, 21, 617.

7.       Effect of Diffusion Length on Erosion Rate of Packed Hydroxyapatite Powders. H. Morgan and P. Anderson. Poster at the BSDR Conference, Leeds University, April 12-16, 1999.

8.       Cells for the Study of Acidic Dissolution in Packed Apatite Powders as Model Systems for Dental Caries. H. Morgan, R. Wilson, J. Elliott, S. Dowker and P. Anderson, Caries Res. 1998; 32:428.

9.       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.

10.    Preparation of Bulk Stoichiometric Hydroxyapatite. J. Elliott, S. Dowker, H. Morganand P. Anderson. BSDR Conference, Brighton, April 7-10, 1997.

11.    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.

12.    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.

13.    Making Ceramic Powders from Molten Salts. Y. Du, D. Inman and H. Morgan, Materials World, August 1996, 458.

14.    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.

15.    Preparation of Yttria-Doped Zirconia Powder from Molten Salts. Z. Zhao, H. Morgan and D. Inman. Rare Metals, 1995, 14, 2, 91.

16.    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.

17.    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.

Patent/Papers in Preparations:

1.       Patent on Conducting Rubber Blends for Artificial Muscles and Robotic Applications, H. Morgan and P. Foot.

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

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

4.       Processing of Polyaniline Blends and Composites. H. Morgan, P. Foot, A. Farid.

5.       The Novel Preparation of Superconductors from Molten Salts. H. Morgan and D. Inman, to be submitted to Materials World, Institute of Materials.

Assisted Publications:

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

2.       Conducting polyaniline, E. Campbell, 2004

3.       Conducting Thiophenes, C. Pratt, Kingston University, 2003

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

 

  • SFHEA Advance HE (The Higher Education Academy) October 2019
  • FHEA Advance HE (The Higher Education Academy), 2017.
  • Member of ATHENA-SWAN committee, December 2018.
  • Member of Network for Equality Champions (NEC's), July 2019.
  • MRSC of The Royal Society of Chemistry, London 2016.
  • TEFL Teaching English as Foreign Language Award by UK-TEFL, Lancashire, 2013.
  • PGCHE-Supervising Research Students certificate, Kingston University (KU) 2003.
  • Member of the UK Society of Biomaterials UKSB, 2000.
  • Member of the UK Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, UK 2003.
  • Leadership and management

    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 a 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.

    I am a Certified Mentor of the Royal Society of Chemistry (April 2019), which is also recognised by UK National Mentoring Consortium. I standardized my mentoring and coaching skills. 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.

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