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Ruth Girdham

PositionHead of School
DepartmentSchool of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Telephone01274 236349

Research Interests (key words only)

Professional behaviour and conduct, misconduct and associated penalties, professional body regulation, legal decision making in health related cases particularly quality of life, consent, student achievement, equality and diversity.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Teaching across both undergraduate pre-registration and continuing professional development / post-registration programmes in the areas of healthcare law and ethics and study skills.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of School of Nursing overseeing the management of 42 academic staff
  • Member of the Faculty of Health Studies Management Team
  • Faculty Diversity Inclusion Facilitator
  • Chair of Programme Approval and Review Panels
  • Deputy Chair of Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Chair of Disclosure and Barring Panel


A Registered General Nurse, Ruth has previous clinical experience in both coronary care and acute surgery. 

When Ruth moved into education she developed particular interest in legal and ethical aspects of healthcare and was Programme Leader for the Pre-registration Nursing programme at Sheffield University. 

She has since managed educational departments at Sheffield University, Sheffield Hallam University and now Heads the School of Nursing at the University of Bradford. 

Ruth has held a number of External Expert and External Examiner posts at HEIs across the UK and currently examines for Northumbria University. 

Ruth is also voluntarily involved in supporting partners/relatives/friends of health professionals who are in treatment for addictions.

Study History

  • 2005-2006  
    MRes, Keele University
  • 1996-1998   
    LLM (Masters - Legal Aspects of Medical Practice), University of Wales Cardiff
  • 1992-1994   
    MA Health Care Ethics, University of Leeds
  • 1990-1991   
    Certificate of Education (Further Education), Huddersfield Polytechnic
  • 1988-1990  
    BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies 2:1, Leeds Polytechnic
  • 1986-1988   
    Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing, Leeds Polytechnic
  • 1981-1985   
    Registered General Nurse, Leeds General Infirmary School of Nursing

Professional History

  • September 2007 – December 2008
    Principal Lecturer, TUPE Project Manager at Sheffield Hallam University                           
  • September 2006 – September 2007
    Senior Nursing Lecturer, Pre-Registration Quality Project Coordinator at The University of Sheffield
  • March 2006 – September 2006
    Senior Nursing Lecturer, Head of Department - Acute and Critical Care Nursing at The University of Sheffield
  • 2004 - March 2006               
    Senior Nursing Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department - Acute and Critical Care Nursing at The University of Sheffield
  • 1995 - 2004
    Nursing Lecturer at The University of Sheffield
  • 1991 - 1995
    Nurse Teacher at Sheffield and North Trent College of Nursing & Midwifery
  • 1990- 1991
    Full Time Student at Huddersfield Polytechnic
  • 1987-1990
    Practice Manager at Fountain Dental Practice, Boroughbridge
  • 1985-1987
    Staff Nurse / Acting Sister at Harrogate District Hospital Acute Surgery
  • 1985
    Staff Nurse at Leeds General Infirmary Coronary Care

Professional Activities

  • External Expert
  • External Examiner

Current Projects

  • Tele-teaching to care home staff
  • Student attainment related to equality and diversity


Member of Education groups at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Bradford District Care Foundation trust and Airedale NHS Trust.

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