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Bachelor of Education (Hons)
MA Equal Opportunities
Fellow of the HEA
Doctor of Philosophy


Alison Murphy is currently the Academic Manager/Head of Early Years and Social Work. She primarily oversees the early years and social work courses at the University including the BA Early Years Education and Practice and the BSc Social Work. Alison has worked at the University of South Wales since March 2014.


Alison Murphy originally trained as a primary school teacher and taught in a variety of educational settings in a range of differing catchment areas including a school for children with special educational needs. Following on from this Alison worked as a Deputy Head of Faculty in an FE college before going on to work in the HE sector. Prior to USW, Alison has also worked in Swansea University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Academic Manager for Early Years and Social Work


Wyn Siencyn, S, Cameron-Faulkner, T, Tinney, G. and Murphy, A. (2009) Bilingualism in the early years: a study of the training and implementation of Welsh as an area of learning in the Foundation Phase 3–7 years. The University of Wales Journal of Education 01/2009; 14(2).

Murphy, A. and Laugharne, J. (2011): Children’s perceptions of national
identity in Wales, Education 3-13, DOI:10.1080/03004279.2011.567196

Murphy, A. (2013) Inclusion in the Early Years in Palaiogou, I. (ed) (2013) The Early Years Foundation Stage. London: Sage

Murphy, A. (2015) Education in Wales in Matheson, D. (ed) (2015) An Introduction to the Study of Education. Oxon: Routledge


Alison is the external examiner for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies Pathway) at Plymouth University.


Alison has completed a PHD which focussed around children’s perceptions of national identity and what it means to be Welsh. She is also interested in inclusion and literacy.

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