Ruth Felstead


Associate Lecturer, Education Studies

Education and Inclusion

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Teaching has always been an important part of Ruth's life. Her career prior to joining the University of Worcester has been varied and her specialism has been teaching adults in further education, including apprentices, police cadets, ‘A’ Level and BTEC students, healthcare workers and fire fighters. Ruth then moved into teacher education, which she's been doing for ten years, six of them at the University of Worcester. She is currently working towards her PhD and therefore maintains a student’s view of life. She is looking forward to meeting all of her new (and not so new) students this year.


Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Within my F.E. career I have taught a number of subject areas, including Communication Skills, Counselling, Social Policy and History, and later lectured in Health and Social Care. After spending 3 years as a Senior Manager in Further Education, I returned to teaching as an Equality and Diversity trainer with the West Midlands Fire Service.

At the University of Worcester as a lecturer on the BA Education studies degree I have taught at:

  • Level 4: Foundations of Education and Equality and Diversity Modules
  • Level 5: Educational Enquiry, Psychology of Learning and Teaching, and Work Experience
  • Level 6 Relationships in Education and Work Experience

I also teach four modules on the Foundation Degree in Learning Support.

Research Interests 

 I am currently working towards my Doctorate in the History of Education, in which I am conducting research into the teaching of moral and patriotic education and values in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century which also has a bearing on the teaching of British Values in schools today.

Professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Historical Association.


I have presented papers relating to my doctoral research at a number of conferences, including Midland History and the History of Education Society, as well as disseminating my research in round table discussions and events at several universities. 

I am currently also in the process of submitting journal articles for publication.

External Roles