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Andrew Morris

Lecturer in Social Science and Social Work, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [HEA]

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [HEA]. I am also a lecturer in social work, specialising in psychosocial perspectives on the qualifying programmes. Alongside this, I am also the unit lead on the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and Developing Professional & Specialist Practice (DPSP) on the CPD programmes. Furthermore, I hold the role of Admissions Tutor for the BA and MA programmes.

I am currently undertaking my PhD which is exploring social worker’s experiences of shame about poor mental health at work.

I bring a nurturing and person-centred approach to teaching. I engage students by bringing in examples from my 15+ years of practice as a social worker. I employ a variety of teaching strategies including discussions, reflective activities, case studies, roleplays, quizzes, and videos.

I qualified as a social worker from Bournemouth University in 2007. I began my social work career in the Older Person’s Mental Health Team. I later joined the Learning Disability Team where I qualified as a practice educator and a best interests assessor (BIA). After a few years, I was invited to help set up the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team.

I was the only full-time BIA for a few years before the team expanded. During this time I qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). I managed the DoLS team for a while and ran regular workshops throughout the year which focused on various aspects of DoLS and the Mental Capacity Act.


Research and Recent Publications
Current work
  • Case Study Design
  • CPD during the ASYE year
Community Involvement
  • Andy became a full-time lecturer at BU in 2021, but he still undertakes DoLS assessments as an independent BIA in his spare time.
  • He also teaches social care courses and creative writing courses with Skills & Learning.
Student Feedback
Can you pass on my thanks to Andy for being so clear and thorough in his teaching sessions, they were enjoyable, engaging and helpful with my assignment.
[March 23 DPSP Student]
...just wanted to say thank you so much, you've been so engaging and made it so enjoyable. I've looked forward to our DPSP days over the last 3 weeks! & that's not always how it goes on training so a big thank you!
[May 23 DPSP Student]
Thank you SO much and for your support with something I didn’t think possible!
[DPSP Student June 23]
I wanted to thank you for the feedback as it was extremely helpful and valuable.
[MA Social Work Student June 23]

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