Ruth is a mathematician by background with a BSc (Hons) and a PhD, both from the University of Kent. Her career has been entirely in higher education and after two research fellowships, at Kent and Imperial College, she began lecturing in maths at St Mary’s University.
After heading up the maths department there she moved in 1990 to the University of Brighton and had a succession of posts, the last being head of strategic planning. In August 1998, she joined London South Bank University as dean of academic affairs and was later appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor, with a portfolio including academic quality and the student experience.
From 2006 Ruth was Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University, retiring in January 2015. She now runs her own consultancy; undertakes voluntary work; and is honorary president of the Association of University Administrators (AUA).
Ruth has been active in the sector and, from 2009 to 2013, was chair of the higher education representative body, GuildHE, serving on its executive for seven years. Her previous posts in public life have included service as a further education college governor and chair, and as a member of the board of the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP.
She currently is chair of the Buckinghamshire UTC, a secondary school specialising in employer focused education. She was a member of the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for six years until October 2015, and also chaired HEFCE’s Teaching Quality and the Student Experience Committee. She continues to be involved in HEFCE’s work as a member of steering groups and assessment panels.
Ruth was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2015 and also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent.