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Worcester Lecturer Named as One of Only 12 'Women Inspiring Europe'

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A lecturer at the University of Worcester is among just 12 people across Europe to have been named as a ‘Woman Inspiring Europe’ for her work in the field of domestic abuse.

Ruth Jones, who was last year’s recipient of the Worcestershire Woman of the Year for Achievement, has been recognised by the Europe Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

The EIGE describes its aim as to “make visible some of Europe’s outstanding women and their work, to serve as a source of inspiration for others”.

Ruth, Course Leader for the University’s MA in The Dynamics of Domestic Violence, the only course of its kind in England and Wales, said: “I’m really shocked and humbled to have received this award. I hope that it will help to highlight the importance of the work we are doing around domestic abuse, not just against women but across the spectrum with men, children and families.”

Ruth has helped to put Worcester on the map as a centre of excellence for education, research and support services for domestic and sexual violence, having (among other things) been instrumental in setting up a 24- hour domestic violence helpline, and working as training manager at the Asha Women’s Centre.

Her work has been recognised locally, nationally and internationally and she has won several awards and gained recognition from the Department of Health and The Home Office. 

Professor David Green, the University’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive said: “Ruth has made an outstanding national and international contribution to researching and training professionals to tackle Domestic Violence. For the last seven years she has provided outstanding leadership in developing and delivering the University’s acclaimed course on The Dynamics of Domestic Violence which attracts participation from police officers, social workers, health staff, lawyers and professionals from all over Britain.

“The University is deeply committed to providing outstanding courses for professional people involved in tackling some of society’s most serious problems. The course Ruth leads is rightly described as transformational and it has played a very important role nationally in making the tackling of this issue the priority it should and must be.

“This deserved accolade means that Ruth Jones now joins a most distinguished group of inspirational women throughout Europe including top scientists researching such topics as climate change, political leaders campaigning for fundamental rights and democracy, outstanding women entrepreneurs and business leaders and women working for equality, human rights and peace across the whole of Europe. The University of Worcester is very proud to have Ruth Jones as a member of staff at our University.”

For information on the Domestic Violence MA or all other courses at the University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk