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Ruth Hudson

  • Job title: Course Director
  • Department: School of Life Sciences and Education

Background

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.

Publications

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