Morris received Master of Arts degree with honors from University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1978. In 1985 he earned his doctorate there.
Morris started his career as a lecturer in English at the University of Paris in 1982. In 1983, he returned to Scotland, where he held the same position at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Four years later he went to Huddersfield Polytechnic University at Huddersfield, England, working there as a lecturer in French till 1988.
In 1989, he returned to University of Strathclyde, and since then he works there as a lecturer in French.
Morris is a member of Association Study Modern and Contemporary France, Society French Studies.
Morris is married to Alexandra (Sandra) Mary Abercrombie. They have one child, Amanda.