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Dr Ruth McGinity
20 Beford Way
Tel: 0207 612 6615
  • Lecturer in Educational Leadership
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

Prior to her academic career, Ruth graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a 2:1 in History. Following on from this she worked for a year as a Teaching Assistant at a school for children with speech, langauge and communication difficulties. This was subsequently proceeded by 6 years working for two inner London Local Authorities as an education officer in their Special Educational Needs teams. During this time Ruth completed an MA in Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, University College London, and was awarded a distinction for this degree. Ruth successfully applied for an ESRC CASE Studentship to undertake her PhD into localised policy-making during a period of rapid reform at the University of Manchester in 2010 and completed her thesis in July 2014. During this time Ruth was awarded the Faculty of Humanities Distinguished Achievement Award (2013).  Ruth was appointed as Lecturer at the Manchester Institute of Education, Univerisy of Manchester in Septemebr 2013.Ruth was appointed as Lecturer of Educational Leadership and Programme Lead for the MA Leadership (Teach First) at UCL IOE in September 2017.


Research Summary
I am interested in researching how policy processes are understood, imagined and enacted in various contexts. I find the use of social theories to be illuminating in this undertaking, and in particualr I have found Pierre Bourdieu's work on power and positionality helpful in analysing how policy processes impact upon different stakeolder groups in the English educational system. My research is qualitative in approach, and I use interviews, focus groups, observations and policy documentation in my empirical work to date. I am becoming increasingly interetsed in how processes of privitisation are contributing to and shaping deabtes about educational reform processes, from a national and international perspective.  


Teaching Summary

I have experience teaching across a range of programmes, mostly at post-graduate level. I am the Programme Lead for the MA Leadership (Teach First) and I also contribute to a number of pther programmes. I currently co-supervise two doctoral students and welcome enquiries about possible supervision. 

  Programme Director MA Education (Teach First Leadership)    , United Kingdom
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