Ruth has a BSc (Hons) in Geology, University of Wales, Cardiff (1986) and a PhD in Paleoecology, University Wales, Bangor (1991). PgCert: Tertiary Level Teaching Methods, University of the West of Scotland, and MRes, Educational Research, University of Stirling (2007). Ruth was initially a geology lecturer and then came to work at the University of Stirling (2005) in academic support and widening access. She gained Senior Fellowship of the HEA in 2016.
Ruth's current responsibilities include managing a small team of Student Learning Services (SLS) staff, developing strategy, policy and resources, teaching learning strategies modules and delivering student support. She contributes to staff development through lunchtime seminars, mentoring staff on the University’s SFELTE scheme and contributing to the SFELTE recognition panel. She also advises staff on assessment and feedback strategies. Ruth is involved in faculty projects, acts as an advisor for Learning Strategies related initiatives and undertakes action research in access and transition into the first year and embedding academic skills into the curriculum.
Recent activities have also included being Theme Leader for the University (2014-2016) in the current QAA Enhancement Theme, leading the development of Graduate Attributes as an Aurora Leadership project and hosting an Ambitious Futures Graduate. Ruth is currently am external examiner for University of Glasgow Access Programme, an accreditor for the HEA and a member of Scot-ELAs and the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education.