Ruth Hudson

Associate Dean - Recruitment

Institute of Education

I was appointed in 2010 as a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and after a short time became a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MA in Early Childhood Studies and the BA in Early Childhood Studies with Early Years Teacher Status. In 2015 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of job role and responsibilities.

Prior to my role in Higher Education I worked in the Early Years sector predominantly with children aged 0-5 and managed early year’s provision with a team of 14 staff. Alongside that role I was a safeguarding manager for the organisation responsible for children and vulnerable young people aged 0-25 years old. Across these two roles I worked with external agencies to ensure that children had access to high quality services and interventions actioned when necessary. Part of my work in the sector was with families of parentally bereaved children and I am currently part way through my Educational Doctorate (EdD) researching parental bereavement and the impact on attainment within the EYFS for children aged 3-7 years old.

I currently teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies which involves observing teaching practice in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Early Years settings.

I have managed a project to enhance teaching and learning experiences of staff and students through the use of iPads. This engagement with technology and incorporating this into our practice and problem-based learning strategy will change the way in which today’s students are work ready for the future.

I am an External Examiner at another University and find the experience valuable in determining how university students are assessed and the quality processes involved.

I am a committee member of the Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network for graduate professionals which offers a support network for training graduates and current Early Years Professionals/Teachers in the sector.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network.

Member of BERA

Academic qualifications

Professional Doctorate in Education (Staffordshire University) 2020

PgCert Higher and Professional Education (Higher Education Teaching) qualification (Staffordshire University) 2011

MA Early Childhood Education (University of Sheffield) 2009

Early Years Professional Status (University of Derby) 2009


  • Early Years Professional Status

  • Leadership and Management in the Early

  • Childhood Bereavement

  • Childhood Attachment

Research interests

  • Parental Bereavement in Childhood

  • Professionalisation of the Early years workforce

  • Technology to enhance teaching and learning

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Enterprise and commercial interests

I work with local organisations to enhance childhood education knowledge and expertise. This also involves working on collaborative projects in the city to enhance child outcomes within the EYFS.


I lead and teach on the BA Early Childhood Studies programme, which includes modules on: Professional Development, Research methods and Independent Studies. My MA teaching includes Contemporary Issues in Early Years and the Dissertation module which includes research supervision.


PUGH, Jim, FORRESTER, Gillian, HUDSON-GILL, Ruth and ROWLEY, Jane (2018) Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area Programme Improving Outcomes for Early Years ‘Understanding the World – Area of Learning’. Research report for external body. Stoke on Trent Opportunities Area

Hayes, C., Daly, J., Duncan, M., Gill, R. and Whitehouse, A. (2017) Developing as a Reflective Early Years Professional: A thematic approach. (2nd Ed) Northwich: Critical Publishing.

A Denmark Perspective – Practical Pre-School August 2011

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022