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Ms Ruth Leary

Ruth Leary

Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 74338
Email: R dot Leary at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room 1.59
Faculty of Arts Building


A key aspect of my role within the Centre is to support innovative teaching and learning and maintain links with industry. I was Course Director and Admissions Tutor of the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises from 2008 - 2022 and now teach across the CMPS BA and MA programmes.

I moved from practice into academia as my teaching role developed. I have previously held managerial positions in a variety of creative businesses and projects, including the performing arts, TV and film production, and design and communications. Prior to assuming a full-time academic role in 2007, I also worked as a part-time project editor for the Marketing and Communications team at Warwick Business School alongside other freelance editorial and marketing consultancy projects. I am also a qualified dance and fitness trainer and my interest in movement and performance continues to inform my practice. More recently I have qualified as a Coach and civil and workplace Mediator and offer coaching and mediation within the University and beyond.

I take a lead in industry engagement fostering the Centre's links within the creative and media industries. I maintain a broad network of contacts assisting students to secure projects and internships within organisations ranging from advertising and PR agencies, independent music labels and TV companies, to industry think tanks and creative industries development agencies. Student teams have conducted strategic projects for a variety of creative and media organisations such as BBC Worldwide, the Association of Independent Music, Momentum Pictures , Codemasters and GfK NOP Media. I am also a regular attender at networking events and conferences ensuring that the Centre maintains its ties with industry, and that teaching continues to reflect the realities of professional practice.

Research interests

My research interests relate to pedagogy and embodied learning, creativity theory; the management of creative business; creative teams and group dynamics; copyright and intellectual property; cultural and aesthetic theory, creative enterprise and entrepreneurship, space and performance, development and sustainability, digital and social media, TV; film; fashion; advertising, and art and design.

Recent research projects include an investigation of copyright and innovation in Asia in association with digital rights lawyer and consultant, Nic Garnett, funded by the Motion Pictures Association of America, and an interdisciplinary ESRC/Impact Accelerator project, My Chain ReactionLink opens in a new window, with colleagues from WMGLink opens in a new window.

Teaching and supervision

I teach the following MA modules :

I teach the following BA modules:

Media and Intellectual Property (Core Module Year 2)

Event Production and Creative Producing (Year 3)

I also co-teach on the interdisciplinary undergraduate module Entrepreneurship: a Critical PerspectiveLink opens in a new window in association with the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning.

Pedagogic innovation

In addition to providing intellectual direction for the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises, I lead new pedagogical developments relating to the creative industries sector, developing new teaching approaches focusing on intellectual property, creativity, creative enterprise development, and the use of technology in the learning environment. I am particularly interested in devising new techniques to facilitate experiential and transformative learning, and to access other forms of knowing beyond a purely intellectual engagement with knowledge and ideas. I am a regular facilitator at ‘away days’ and working groups exploring issues concerning pedagogy, enterprise, creativity and change.

Projects include the development and introduction of Open Space Learning practices (see also Open Space Learning) across the Centre's programmes and specifically in the teaching of creativity and management, cultural enterprise and the dynamics of creative teams. I was also a member of the Open Space Learning Steering Committee and played an active role in supporting and collaborating with colleagues, (notably Dr Nicholas Monk and Jonathan Heron) across the University in the development and delivery of innovative teaching and learning initiatives.

I continue to explore and develop the use of Forum Theatre within my coaching and teaching practice. This has included the facilitation of a two day Forum Theatre training workshop for colleagues in conjunction with Tony McBride, Director of Projects at Cardboard Citizens, to explore the challenges and obstacles to creativity in a formal learning environment. I have also led internal staff development workshops for LDC, the University's Learning and Development Centre. Students may encounter Forum Theatre in the context of practical workshops on intercultural communication, developing collaborative and creative practice, and understanding team dynamics.

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In 2013 I was awarded an IATL Fellowship to produce The Mediasmith Project, an ongoing exploration into transmedia documentary practices in learning and knowledge production. The first phase of the project brought a team of interdisciplinary colleagues together to work with technologists, filmmakers and creative producers in a series of workshops exploring the opportunities that documentary filmmaking, digital storytelling, data visualisation and analytics tools can offer in research and teaching.

The second part of the project saw the first PopathonLink opens in a new window hosted within a university setting in February 2015. Led by creative technologist, Philo Van Kemenade and filmmaker, Gilles Pradeau, Popathon is an international series of hackathon events bringing together digital storytellers, technologists and designers to prototype the future of web-native storytelling. Members of the university community and other participants from the West Midlands region were invited to take part in a 24 hour Popathon to create new stories inspired by academic research and creative collaboration.


IATL workshop with the Ginterval Theatre ensemble exploring images of creativity and artists

Administrative roles

Course Director MA in Creative and Media Enterprises (2008 - 2022)

Careers and PG Admissions liaison

Marketing and recruitment

Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning Management Committee member

Enterprise Partnership Committee Member

Selected publications

  • Godsell, J. Leary, R. and Karatzas, A. 'Public Engagement Through Transmedia Storytelling: can it foster sustainability in society?' Paper for the Special Forum on Innovative Methodologies at the EuROMA Sustainability Forum April 2016
  • Godsell, J. Leary, R. and Karatzas, A. 'Public Engagement Through Transmedia Storytelling: The MyChainReaction Project' Poster presentation for 15th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business Management, (ECRM) June 2016
  • Godsell, J. and Leary, R. 'Low milk prices unearth the supply chain's dirty secrets' The Conversation 12th August 2015
  • Bilton, C. and Leary, R., ' Digital Transformation and the Arts; A Case Study', Conference Paper, ICCPR 2012.
  • Bilton, C., and Leary, R., 'What Can Managers Do for Creativity? Brokering Creativity in the Creative Industries', International Journal of Cultural Policy Vol. 8 no. 1 (2002), pp. 49 – 64.


  • MA in European Cultural Policy and Administration (Warwick)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education (Warwick)
  • Diploma in Coaching (Warwick)

Professional associations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Office Hours

Please email me to to arrange an appointment.


LP902 Managing Intellectual Property (Core Module: MA in Creative and Media Enterprises

LP203 Media and Intellectual PropertyLink opens in a new window (Core Module: BA Media and Creative Industries: Year 2)

LP301 Event Production and Creative Producing (Core Module BA Media and Creative Industries: Year 3)