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About Mo Ray

Mo Ray qualified as a social worker in 1990 and specialised in practice with older people, working as a social worker, care manager and Team Manager.  Following the successful completion of her part-time PhD, Mo was a tutor for the Open University and worked on a variety of research and development projects.  She was an ESRC Research Fellow based at Keele University and subsequently became a full-time lecturer in Social Work.  Mo was promoted to Senior Lecturer and in 2014 was awarded a personal Chair.  She has extensive experience in social work programme management, learning and teaching and research and scholarship.  Her research has focused on social work with older people, social gerontology and health and social care.  She has written, developed and delivered a range of CPD courses in ageing/social gerontology and dementia.  Mo joined the University of Lincoln in September 2016 as Professor of Health and Social Care Integration and Research Director for the School of Health and Social Care. 

Department Responsibilities

Mo is Research Director for the School of Health and Social Care and is responsible for supporting and developing the research culture and environment within the School.  She also has responsibility for fostering collaborations and partnerships within the wider University and health and social care community. 

Subject Specialism

Social Gerontology; Social Work; Health and Social Care


  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Certificate — Keele University, 2006
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Social Gerontology — Keele University, 2000
  • PhD Social Gerontology — Keele University, 2000
  • CQSW — University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, 1990
  • MSc Social Work — University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, 1990
  • BA (hons) — Psychology and Education, 1987


  • Early Adopter Teaching Partnership — DfE / DH,
  • Working with complexity:  Developing a research informed learning resource for gerontological s — DH,
  • Life History and Dementia care — Stoke on Trent, City Council,
  • Developing an Ageing STudies Certificate to a wider audience — DWP,
  • Developing an Ageing Studies Certificate — DWP,
  • Life history and dementia — Stoke on Trent City Council,
  • Life history and dementia — Stoke n Trent City Council,
  • Introducton to an ageing society — Manchester City Council,
  • Developing a single assessmet process — Powys Social Services,


Development of CPD for the health and social care workforce External examiner Member of a special interest group of gerontological social work academics who seek to promote and make visible gerontological social work research, practice and scholarship Co convenor, Gerontontological social work special interest group - European Social Work Research Conference

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Research Groups Memberships

  • Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG)

Research Projects

  • Ethical issues in self funded social care:  co producing knowledge with older people — Wellcome Trust in 2016
  • The Ageing of British Gerontology: Learning from the past to inform the future — Leverhulme Trust in 2015
  • Sibling Relationships in late life (PhD funded scholarship) — Keele University in 2014
  • Ageing without Children — Averil Osborne in 2012
  • Fit as a Fiddle (case studies) — Big Lottery / Age UK in 2012
  • Berry Hill Village Ten Years On (PhD funded scholarship) — Extra Cre Charital Trust in 2012
  • Fit as a Fiddle national evaluation — Big Lottery / Age UK in 2011
  • The experience of living in a care home — Anchor Trust in 2009
  • Developing a mode for care leadership — Anchor Trust in 2008
  • The impact of change management on quaity of life issues amongst older people — ESRC in 2003

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered member — Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member — British Society of Gerontology