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.