Ruth Stoker is the Director of Strategic Teaching and Learning, working with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning on the development of institutional projects and initiatives in support of the University's commitment to delivering excellence for all our students.
After graduating with a Biology degree, she moved into journalism, working in the field for eight years. She was appointed as a lecturer at Barnsley College in 1993 to develop programmes in journalism at a time when this was a new subject in HE and FE, and as a result was invited to work with exam boards including Edexcel, City and Guilds and OCR in developing journalism curriculum specifications, assessment mechanisms, and in setting and moderating exams at national level.
She was a programme leader and part of the HE quality management team at the College, responsible for liaison with the University of Leeds over the development of its suite of programmes, when she was transferred to the University of Huddersfield in 2006 as a Senior Lecturer in Journalism as part of the University's new collaborative venture "Towns Like Us". Coming from a working class background herself, and developing her career as a teacher in Barnsley - an area with a high proportion of students in IMD1 and 2 households - has made her a strong advocate of widening participation in HE and the transformative impact University education.
She was appointed Director of Teaching and Learning for the former School of Music, Humanities and Media in 2014, and Director of Strategic Teaching and Learning in 2022.
Since joining the University, she has worked as a reviewer and review co-ordinator for the Quality Assurance Agency, and more recently served as a panel member for the Office for Students on the pilot of the Teaching Excellence Framework Subject Review.
She is a qualified teacher having completed a PGCE while working at Barnsley College, holds industry qualifications in journalism via the National Council of Training Journalists, and holds a Leeds
University MA in Journalism. As a researcher, her field is journalism education, and was awarded a Doctorate qualification in 2021 for her work looking at how early career journalists learn ethics in the workplace.
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