Ruth Kernarne

Ruth Kernarne

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Teaching Fellow/Practice Learning Coordinator

Contact details

Department of Social Work and Social Care
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ruth is a registered social worker and a Teaching Fellow for practice learning on the BA and MA qualifying social work programmes. 

Feedback and office hours

Ruth will be working 2 days per week, mainly Thursday and Friday but with some variation.


  • Practice Educator Stage 2 Award, University of Wolverhampton (2013)
  • BPhil. Child Care Award/Post Qualifying Award in Social Work University of Birmingham (2006)
  • Diploma in Social Work/Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton (2000)


A qualified and registered social worker, Ruth came to social work as a result of a burgeoning interest in addressing social disadvantage, poverty and inequality in society.  Upon qualification, she became a Child and Family Social Worker working mainly in child protection.  She then progressed to become a Practice Learning Development Worker, developing and supporting new practice placements across all sectors before moving into a local authority social work professional development role, supporting social worker development from first placement students to senior managers.

A return to frontline child and family practice in 2012 allowed Ruth to update and refresh social work practice skills and knowledge.  More recently, as an independent social worker, she has worked as a practice educator and tutor for a number of HEIs in the region, supporting, assessing and supervising many students in placement at all levels.

In her new role as a Teaching Fellow/Practice Learning Coordinator, her main areas of work will be around placement modules, teaching and learning, tutorial support, academic assessment and administrative input on the Qualifying Social Work Programmes. In addition, she will be involved in the support of students with support needs to ensure placements meet requirements.


  • Module Coordinator for Placement 1 BA year 2 Case Analysis
  • Placement 2 MA year 2 Case Analysis
  • Input into module: Social Work Skills, Values and Approaches

Other activities

An Independent Reviewing Officer and Approval Panel member for an Independent fostering agency and involved in supporting her local domestic violence service.  A member of BASW, Ruth has recently started to contribute to the journal Practice: Social Work in Action as a peer reviewer.