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Biography

Position: Principal Lecturer - People, Management and Organisations
Qualifications: BSc, MBA, MSc, PGCE, MCMI, FHEA
Research Group: Business Education Research Group


Ruth is Priciple Lecturer and Head of Undergraduate Management provision in the Business School. She joined the University of Huddersfield in 2005. Ruth has worked in the education sector for twenty years.

Committed to the student experience, Ruth has developed the management courses to ensure they meet the needs of students helping to develop the skills and knowledge required by businesses today. Ruth has been nominated by students on multiple occasions for the staff Thank You awards recognising her support of students and their learning.

While at the university Ruth has successfully lead a number of teaching and learning initiatives on the course including a Personal Development Planning for Employability project and the launch of a pre-induction social network specifically for new management students. Most recently Ruth has been awarded external funding from the Higher Education Academy with an Individual Teaching Grant to promote the benefits of sandwich placements at university and support students in applying. Influenced by her own experience of sandwich placements while at university Ruth believes every student should have the opportunity of gaining work experience to support their studies.

Ruth’s commercial background is based in the finance sector, working for a large high street bank. Accompanied by business and research qualifications, Ruth leads on modules examining the role of work in our society and the development of employability skills. Ruth is experienced in teaching and supporting international students and works on a regular basis in Hong Kong delivering her final year module at partner organisations.

Ruth is an external examiner, completing work for the University of Middlesex and the University of Ulster. Additionally she has reviewed books and journal articles in the field of management and employability including being a guest editor on a special edition of the journal Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning. 

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Technology and Management Science – University of Bradford
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Education – University of Manchester
  • Master in Business Administration – University of Bradford
  • MSc Social Research and Evaluation – awarded with Distinction - University of Huddersfield

Professional Body Membership

Ruth is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Ruth is also a member of the British Academy of Management.

Research & Scholarship

Ruth’s research interests have focused on employability in the curriculum and the benefits of sandwich placements for undergraduate students including the impact on academic performance and employment upon completing a degree. Ruth’s currently working towards her PhD evaluating the influences of class, gender and race on student engagement with graduate employment opportunities.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

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Developed in conjunction with students, the Careers and Employability service and Academic Skills, a Personal Development and Employability Workbook has been generated and student learning from this tool embedded through the creation of an e-portfolio in the campus-wide Blackboard VLE system. In addition to this package of employability skills, a psychometric test and careers advice have been added to assist students in career planning. The package has maintained a simple approach to support student engagement. The literature around employability skills in the higher education sector is vast with many examples of best practice. The work described here builds on the approaches first laid down by Knight & Yorke (2002), Yorke (2005) and Brown & Drew (2005) The purpose of the project was to enhance current PDP schemes that focused upon employability as well as ensuring strong academic progress in the final year. 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2014

Brooks, R. and Kay, J. (2014) ‘Enhancing employability through placements in higher educationHigher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning , 4 (3). ISSN 2042-3896

2013

Brooks, R (2013) ‘Former Placement Students as Educators, Mentors and Inspiration for the next generation’. In: Enhancing Employability through Placements in Higher Education Conference, 9th July 2013, Huddersfield

Brooks, R (2013) ‘Students as Educators and Mentors: increasing awareness of the benefits and participation in sandwich placements’. In: Higher Education Academy Annual Conference, 3-4 July 2013, The University of Warwick

2012

Brooks, R (2012) ‘Valuing the human asset - the impact of university placements on academic performance and graduate employment amongst management studentsJournal of Physics: Conference Series , 364 (1). ISSN 1742-6588

Blake, J. and Brooks, R. (2012) ‘Current perspectives on embedding employability into the curriculum’. In: Association of Business Schools 'Innovation in Challenging Times', 24th- 25th April 2012, Manchester, UK

Brooks, R (2012) ‘Evaluating the impact of placements on employability’. In: Employability, Enterprise and Citizenship in Higher Education Conference 2012, 27 March 2012, Manchester Metropolitan University

2011

Brooks, R (2011) ‘An integrated VLE and Social Network for Pre-induction’. In: Education in a changing environment 6th international conference, 6th-8th July 2011, The University of Salford

Brooks, R. and Raistrick, A. (2011) ‘Easing the Transition to Higher Education with Blackboard and Social Networking’. In: Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference 2011, 11-13 April 2011, University of Leeds

Brooks, R (2011) ‘Admissions to University’. In: Business and Enterprise Information Advice and Guidance IAG Day, 16th March 2011, University of Huddersfield

Brooks, R. and McKinna, A. (2011) ‘A Student-Centered Personalised Learning Space for Employability’. In: Paper presentations of the 2010 University of Huddersfield Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 91-97.

2010

McKinna, A. and Brooks, R. (2010) ‘Learning Spaces for Enhancing Employability Skills using the Blackboard VLE’. In: ASET Annual Conference 2010, 7-9 September 2010, University of Leicester

Esteem

Ruth organised a successful conference at the University of Huddersfield in July 2013 on Enhancing Employability through Placements in Higher Education. The event was oversubscribed and the day involved guest speakers from the UK, Canada and Australia as well as 20 papers sharing examples of projects and good practice of placement provision in the UK. Due to the high level of interest in placements in Higher Education Ruth is an invited guest editor on a special edition of the journal Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning due for publication in 2014.

Research Degree Supervision

Ruth has supervised dissertations at both undergraduate and masters level and has been involved in student research related to gender, employee engagement and behaviour in the workplace.

Enterprise Activities

Through leading the second year Management Skills and Personal Development for Employability module Ruth has co-worked with students on a number of live projects benefiting the third sector.Projects have included running events to fundraise for both local and national charities, running awareness campaigns and providing business advice for small local enterprises.

Administrative Responsibilities

Ruth is course leader and also admissions tutor for the undergraduate management degrees in the Department of Leadership and Management. This includes the following courses:

  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management and Leadership
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance
  • BA (Hons) Global Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Operations Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Administration and Management (top up)
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management (top up)

In addition Ruth sits on both the University Teaching and Learning Committee and School Teaching and Learning Committee.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Ruth is course leader for undergraduate management degrees and is responsible for two core modules. In year 2 Management Skills for Personal Development and Employability focuses on developing student skills for the workplace and involves live projects working with local organisations, allowing students to relate the theory learnt in the classroom to the real world. In the final year Ruth leads on Management, Work and Society examining a range of contemporary sociological issues in the workplace and their impact on both managers and employees.

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