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Marlene Morrison, nee Horwood (1958-65)
Since April 2003, I have been Reader
in Education Leadership and Learning at the International Institute for
Education Leadership at the University of Lincoln. Previously I was Senior
Lecturer in Education at the University of Leicester, and before that my first
post in higher education was at the University of Warwick, where I worked at the
Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research and the Department of
A social worker and personnel officer in the 1970s, I took a seven year career
break to care for our, then, two young children Amy and Andrew. Both are now
married, and Iain (whom I married in 1971) and I are now blessed with three
grandchildren Bethan, Lorna, and Oliver, who bring much joy. Amy works as a
paediatrician and Andrew is head of faculty at a large comprehensive school.
Despite my advancing (!) years and the many pressures being brought to bear on
the education sector, most of the time I enjoy most of my work, and therefore
have no plans to retire yet, as long as I feel I’m making a research and
teaching contribution, and getting published. Work has taken and continues to
take me to various parts of the UK and abroad, and I’ve been fortunate enough to
work in Japan, Denmark, Cyprus, and Malaysia. Last year, I enjoyed a working
trip to South Africa.
Two years ago, Iain and I moved to a small village in Lincolnshire, which we
like very much. When we’re not working or visiting the grandchildren, we enjoy
looking after the garden. We like walking and in Scotland, especially the
Western Isles, best of all. Notwithstanding a recent comment that it was ‘good
to see people as old as you taking holidays in a tent’, we still go camping and
enjoy it, although we think the next step may be a folding camper!
Best wishes to all.