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School of Education

Dr Sharon Morgan

Dr Sharon Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Education / Education Lead (SoE)



 Baring Court BC121


Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Before joining the School of Education in 2018, I spent 20 years working as a secondary English teacher (KS3-5) in schools across the Southwest, both in mainstream and alternative provisions.  During this time, I taught English language, Literature, and Media Studies.  In my current role as a Senior Lecturer of Education, I work primarily on the secondary English PGCE programme, as well as the MA Education Online. 

As someone fascinated by language and the construction of meaning, my research links to this specific area of interest.  My doctoral research centred on secondary school students' use of grammar and their procedural and declarative metalinguistic knowledge.  More recently, I have been interested in disciplinary approaches to writing and academic literacies in Higher Education. 


Morgan, S.  (2021). Teaching Non Fiction Reading and Writing. In: A. Watson and R. Newman, ed., A Practical Guide to Teaching English in the Secondary School., Routledge. 

Watson A, Newman R, Morgan S (2021).  Metatalk and Metalinguistic knowledge: the interplay of procedural and declarative knowledge in the classroom discourse of first-language grammar teaching. Language Awareness Full text.

Myhill D.A, and Morgan, S.D. (2019). Vocational Qualifications, University Access and Widening Participation: Setting the Context in Banerjee, P.A., and Myhill, D. A., (eds.) Transitions from Vocational Qualifications to Higher Education: Examining Inequalities. Emerald Publishing Ltd.

Research Projects

2020-2021 UoE Education Incubator Award  (£8,758) with Dr Karen Walshe and Sara Venner: ‘What practices are associated with effective online learning?’

2021- 2022 University of Exeter internal funding (£1,000) with Dr Sarah Cole:  'What are PGCE students' experiences and observations of gender-based microagressions whilst on school teaching placements?'


EdD Exeter, (2018); MEd, Exeter, (2010); PGCE English with Drama and SEND, Exeter, (1997); BA English (Hons), Plymouth, (1996)

Advance HE Fellowship (FHEA) (2022)


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Journal articles

Watson AM, Newman RMC, Morgan SD (2021). Metatalk and metalinguistic knowledge: the interplay of procedural and declarative knowledge in the classroom discourse of first-language grammar teaching. Language Awareness, 30(3), 257-275.

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Office Hours:

As my office hours vary, please contact me via email to arrange a mutually agreeable time to meet.

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