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Ms Ruth Leary

Ruth Leary

Principal Teaching Fellow

Course Director, MA in Creative and Media Enterprises
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 74338
Email: R dot Leary at warwick dot ac dot uk

Millburn House


A key aspect of my role within the Centre is to support innovative teaching and learning and maintain links with industry. I am also the Course Director and Admissions Tutor of the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises.

I have moved from practice into academia as my teaching role has developed having previously held managerial positions in a variety of creative businesses and projects, including not-for-profit arts organisations, 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, and on freelance writing and marketing consultancy projects. Having worked as a dance and fitness teacher alongside my other work, I also bring a keen interest in dance and physical performance to my work.

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.

I recently completed a research project, funded by the Motion Pictures Association of America, in association with digital rights lawyer and consultant, Nic Garnett, into copyright and innovation in Asia and am currently working on an interdisciplinary impact project, My Chain Reaction, with colleagues from WMG.

Teaching and supervision

I teach the following MA modules :

I also co-teach on the interdisciplinary undergraduate modules Applied Imagination and Entrepreneurship: A a Critical Perspective 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 education, enterprise, creativity and change.

Recent 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. Other collaborations include the facilitation of a two day Forum Theatre training workshop for colleagues across the University in conjunction with Tony McBride, Director of Projects at Cardboard Citizens, to explore the challenges and obstacles to creativity in a formal learning environment.


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

The second part of the project saw the first Popathon 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

Careers and PG Admissions liaison

Marketing and recruitment

Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning Management Committee member

AQSC Professional Development Sub-Group member

Selected publications

  • 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.
  • Bilton, C. and Leary, R., ' Digital Transformation and the Arts; A Case Study', Conference Paper, ICCPR 2012.

  • Godsell, J. and Leary, R. 'Low milk prices unearth the supply chain's dirty secrets' The Conversation 12th August 2015
  • 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


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

Professional associations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Office Hours

If you would like to see me please email for an appointment. I will normally respond within 24 hours.


Managing Intellectual Property (Core Module: MA in Creative and Media Enterprises
Creativity: from Myth to Management
Creative Business Project (Optional Module)
Cultural Entrepreneurship (Optional Module)
Guest Speaker Programme