Alexandra Morley MSc
Senior Lecturer In Physiotherapy
Alex is an HCPC registered Physiotherapist. She enjoys leading the MSc. Specialist Physiotherapy Practice (distance learning and part-time courses) and working as collaborative course leader for the University Advanced Professional Certificate (small award) in Assessment and Management of Adults with Dysphagia.
Her responsibilities include course planning and development, student recruitment and retention, and maximization of course quality. Her roles also involve working with external partners in the NHS in both teaching and research. Her research interests include exploring exercise and physical activity for people living with Multiple sclerosis and investigating muscle and neural changes in people with spasticity.
Prior to joining the university in 1999, Alex worked clinically in both hospital and community settings whilst completing her MSc in Physiotherapy Practice (Neurology). It was during this time that she developed a passion for supporting people with neurological long-term conditions.
In her earlier years at the university, she taught and led modules across both undergraduate and post-graduate provisions including inter-professional education. She initiated bringing people with neurological conditions into undergraduate teaching to include their real-life experiences. She also took on the role of collaborative course leader for the University Advanced Professional Certificate (small award) in Assessment and Management of Adults with Dysphagia. This role involves communication across University and NHS settings.
At that time Alex indulged her passion for research by gaining a grant from the Physiotherapy Research Society to look at muscle change in people following Traumatic Brain Injury. Following this, she was seconded into the NHS to build Research capacity, after which she was awarded a grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Society to undertake research investigating spasticity in people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Later Alex was also timetable coordinator for the physiotherapy provision. This involved communication across several departments and course teams at the college level. During this time she implemented successful changes in the timetabling process, improving the student experience.
Alex currently enjoys leading the MSc Specialist Physiotherapy Practice course (both distance-learning and part-time routes). Through this role, she has become experienced in running online provision and supporting students in the UK and abroad. Alex's responsibilities include course planning and development, student recruitment and retention and maximization of course quality. Her roles also involve working with external partners in the NHS in both teaching and research.
Specialist areas of interest
Engagement of Distance learning students
Management of Neurological Long Term Conditions
MSc Specialist Physiotherapy Practice
Advancing Practice in Neurological Therapy
Therapeutic Exercise and Physical Activity
Morley, A., Tod, A., Cramp, M., & Mawson, S. (2013). The meaning of spasticity to people with Multiple Sclerosis: What can health professionals learn? Disability and Rehabilitation, 35 (15), 1284-1292. http://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2012.726691