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Professor Ruth Hewston

Professor and Head of Department / Designated Safeguarding Lead


Room WCE1.5, Lifelong Learning Building, Westwood Campus
Ruth dot Hewston at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0) 24 7657 4557

Professor Hewston joined The University of Warwick as Head of Department for the Centre for Lifelong Learning in 2020, having worked in both teaching and research led Higher Education institutions for over twenty years. Prior to her appointment in CLL, Ruth was Head of Department for Education and Inclusion at the University of Worcester, having previously taught at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and holding academic research positions at The University of Warwick and the University of Leicester.

Ruth’s professional and research interests centre on inclusive education, the psychology of education, particularly in relation to teaching and learning, and the education of highly able and talented learners. She has written extensively in her field, including contributions to books, presented at national and international conferences and published research articles. Ruth is the co-author of ‘Opening the Door to the Virtual School: Enhancing Student Engagement Through Online Learning Communities’ in Flexibility and Pedagogy in Higher Education: Delivering Flexibility in Learning through Online Learning Communities exploring the implementation of flexible problem-based learning approaches in student’s co-construction of their learning. She has also authored ‘Gender Diversity’ In Understanding Inclusion: Core concepts, policy and practice on the influence of gender on educational inclusion, engagement and achievement. She is keen to supervise doctoral students interested in researching equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly among adult and lifelong learners.

Ruth has been an invited visiting academic to HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and currently holds external examiner positions for postgraduate provision in learning, teaching and educational practice in Higher Education. In 2016 Ruth was also an invited External Reviewer Panel Member for the HEA Global Teaching Excellence Awards. She has previously served on the editorial boards for the British Journal of Music Education, the International Journal of Music Education and has acted as a guest and book reviewer for Gifted Education International, Thinking Skills and Creativity and the Journal of Infant and Child Development.

Professor Hewston is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (FRSA). She is also an Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) and Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society.