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About Dr Ruth Healey, NTF

I am a human geographer with interests in asylum and immigration to the developed world, and teaching geography in higher education.  My present research broadly focuses upon enhancing higher education teaching and research.  This includes, supporting undergraduate students to develop ethical thinking skills; exploring student-staff partnerships as a way of improving student engagement in higher education; and investigating gender differences in academic research activity.  

Teaching

I am module leader for:

  • GE4003: Foundations for Successful Studentship
  • GE5008: Fieldwork Applications: New York
  • GE5013: Researcher Development and Geomatics
  • GE5015: Society and Space
  • GE6018: Excluded Peoples? Migrants and Refugees

I also teach on Introduction to Human Geography at Level 4 and supervise Dissertations at Level 6. 

Research

Current and recent research projects

‘Students as change agents: student-staff partnership in feedback through self and peer assessment’ (£5,000 Quality-Related Research Funding, University of Chester) in collaboration with Professor Derek France and Dr Katharine Welsh (Department of Geography and International Development, University of Chester)

‘Module design and development through student-staff partnerships: process, experiences and engagement’ (£8,000 Quality-Related Research Funding, University of Chester) in collaboration with Dr Katharine Welsh and Professor Derek France (Department of Geography and International Development, University of Chester)

‘Gender and representation in the Research Excellence Framework’ (£29,798 Research Knowledge Transfer Office, University of Chester) in collaboration with Dr Chantal Davies (Law School, University of Chester)

Published Work

Refugee and migration research

Hand, D., Davies, C. & Healey, R.L. (2016) Can Rights be Ring-fenced in Times of Austerity? Equality, Equity and Judicial 'Trusteeship' over the UK's Fairness Agenda, in A. Driver & J. Miller (Eds.) Justiciability of Human Rights Law in Domestic Jurisdictions (Springer: London). 

Healey, R.L. (2014) Gratitude and hospitality: Tamil refugee employment in London and the conditional nature of integration, Environment and Planning A 46(3): 614-628. 

Darling, J.M., Healey, R.L. & Healey, L. with Kalu, S., Rashid, K. & Sued, I. (2012) Seeing the city anew: asylum seeker perspectives of 'belonging' in Greater Manchester, North West Geography 12(1): 20-28.

Healey, R.L. (2010) Gender variation in asylum experiences in the UK: the role of patriarchy and coping strategies, Journal of Identity and Migration Studies 4(2): 24-43. 

Healey, R.L. (2010) Book Review: 'Cambodian Refugees in Ontario: Resettlement, Religion and Identity', Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(10): 1842-1844.

Healey, R.L. (2010) Refugee Employment Experiences: The Case of Tamil Refugees in the UK, PhD Thesis Executive Summary.

Healey, R. L. (2006) Asylum seekers and refugees: a structuration theory analysis of their experiences in the UK, Population, Space and Place 12(4): 257-271.

 

Higher Education research

Healey, R. L., Lerczak, A., Welsh, K. & France, D. (in press) By any other name? The impacts of differing assumptions, expectations and misconceptions about student-staff ‘partnerships’. International Journal for Students as Partners.

Healey, R.L. & Ribchester, C. (in press) Pedagogies for developing undergraduate ethical thinking within geography, H. Walkington, J. Hill & S. Dyer (Eds.)  The Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Geography, (6,465 words), Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Matthews, K.E., Dvorakova, S.L., Mercer-Mapstone, L., Acai, A., Cook-Sather, A., Felten, P., Healey, M., Healey, R.L. & Marquis, E. (2019) Enhancing outcomes and reducing inhibitors to the engagement of students and academics in learning and teaching partnerships: Implications for academic development support, International Journal for Academic Development.

Davies, C. & Healey, R. L. (2019) Hacking through the Gordian Knot: Can facilitating operational mentoring untangle the gender research productivity puzzle in HE? Studies in Higher Education 44(1): 31-44. 

Ribchester, C. & Healey, R. L. (2019) Realism, reflection and responsibility: The challenge of writing effective scenarios to support the development of ethical thinking skills, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 43(1): 101-114.

Healey, R.L., Healey, M. and Cliffe, A. (2018) Engaging in radical work: Students as partners in academic publishing, Efficiency Exchange.  Available at: http://www.efficiencyexchange.ac.uk/12775/engaging-radical-work-students-partners-academic-publishing/

Healey, M. & Healey, R.L. (2018) ‘It depends’: Exploring the context-dependent nature of students as partners practices and policies, International Journal for Students as Partners, 2(1).

Moore-Cherry, N. and Healey, R.L. (2018) Staff-student partnership: inclusive/exclusive pedagogic practices, Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal 2(1), 1-2. 

Cliffe, A., Cook-Sather, A., Healey, M., Healey, R. L., Marquis, E., Matthews, K.E., Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, L., Ntem, A., Puri, V., & Woolmer, C. (2017) Launching a journal about and through students as partners, International Journal for Students as Partners 1(1) https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap 

Healey, R.L. (2017) The power of debates? Reflections on their potential for geography in higher education: teaching for social transformation through debate, M. Haigh, D. Cotton, and T. Hall (Eds.) Pedagogic Research in Geography in Higher Education, 112-130, Abingdon, Routledge. 

Healey, R.L. & Ribchester, C. (2016) Developing ethical geography students?  The impact and effectiveness of a tutorial based approach, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 40(2): 302-319. 

Healey, M. and Healey, R.L. (2016) How to conduct a literature search, N.J. Clifford and G. Valentine (Eds.) Key Methods in Geography, 3rd Edition (London: Sage): 16-34.

Healey R.L. & Ribchester, C. (2016) Developing ethical geography students?  The impact and effectiveness of a tutorial based approach, Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 

Davies, C., Healey R.L. & Cliffe, A. (2016) Gendered Experiences of Academic Staff in Relation to Research Activity and the REF2014, Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester. 

Moore-Cherry, N., Healey R.L. Nicholson, D.T., & Andrews, W. (2015) Inclusive partnership: Enhancing student engagement in Geography, Journal of Geography in Higher Education.  Online First. 

Healey R.L. (2014) How engaged are undergraduate students in ethics and ethical thinking?  An analysis of the ethical development of undergraduates by discipline, Student Engagement and Experience Journal 3(2): 1-21. 

Healey, R.L. (2013) Ethical thinking in a disciplinary context: the ethical development of undergraduates and expectations of tutors in the arts, social and pure sciences, Society for Research into Higher Education Conference Proceedings

Healey, R.L., Bass, T., Caulfield, J., Hoffman, A., McGinn, M.K., Miller-Young, J. and Haigh, M. (2013) Being ethically minded: Practising the scholarship of teaching and learning in an ethical manner, Teaching and Learning Inquiry 1(2): 23-32.

Healey, R.L. (2012) The power of debates? Reflections on their potential for geography in higher education: teaching for social transformation through debate, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 36(2): 239-257.

Healey, R.L., Ribchester, C. & Ross, K. (2011) 'The Ethical Student': Enhancing the Teaching of Ethics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, for the Learning and Teaching Institute, University of Chester.

Healey, R.L., Ribchester, C. & Ross, K. (2011) 'The ethical student': teaching ethics for critical thinking in the undergraduate curriculum, Society for Research into Higher Education Conference Proceedings.

Vajoczki, S., Biegas, T.C., Crenshaw, M.W., Healey, R.L., Osayomi, T., Bradford, M. & Monk, J. (2011) Professional development for early career geographers: contexts, practices and tensions, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35(3): 395-408.

Boyd, W.E., Healey, R.L., Hardwick, S.W. and Haigh, M. with contributions from Klein, P., Doran, B., Trafford, J. and Bradbeer J. (2010) “None of us sets out to hurt people”: An essay on The Ethical Geographer and geography curricula in higher education, in M. Healey, E. Pawson and M. Solem (Eds.) Active Learning and Student Engagement: International Perspectives and Practices in Geography in Higher Education (London: Routledge): 22-35.   

Wellens, J., Bernardi, A., Chalkley, B., Chambers, B., Healey, R.L., Monk, J., and Vender, J. (2010) Teaching geography for social transformation, in M. Healey, E. Pawson and M. Solem (Eds.) Active Learning and Student Engagement: International Perspectives and Practices in Geography in Higher Education (London: Routledge): 150-164.

Bærenholdt, J.O, Everts, J., Granås, B., Gregson, N. & Healey, R.L. (2010) Performing academic practice: using the master class to build postgraduate discursive competences, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 34(2): 283-298.

Boyd, W.E., Healey, R.L., Hardwick, S.W. and Haigh, M. with contributions from Klein, P., Doran, B., Trafford, J. and Bradbeer J. (2010) “None of us sets out to hurt people”: An essay on The Ethical Geographer and geography curricula in higher education, in M. Healey, E. Pawson and M. Solem (Eds.) Active Learning and Student Engagement: International Perspectives and Practices in Geography in Higher Education (London: Routledge): 22-35.   

Wellens, J., Bernardi, A., Chalkley, B., Chambers, B., Healey, R.L., Monk, J., and Vender, J. (2010) Teaching geography for social transformation, in M. Healey, E. Pawson and M. Solem (Eds.) Active Learning and Student Engagement: International Perspectives and Practices in Geography in Higher Education (London: Routledge): 150-164.

Healey, M. & Healey, R. L. (2009) How to conduct a literature search, N.J. Clifford and G. Valentine (Eds.) Key Methods in Geography, 2nd Edition (London: Sage): 16-34.

Boyd, W.E., Healey, R.L., Hardwick, S.W. and Haigh, M. with contributions from Klein, P., Doran, B., Trafford, J. and Bradbeer J. (2008) “None of us sets out to hurt people”: An essay on The Ethical Geographer and geography curricula in higher education, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 32(1): 37-50. 

Healey, R. L. & Healey, M. (2008) Book Review: 'Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty', International Journal of Academic Development 13(3): 219-221.

Wellens, J., Bernardi, A., Chalkley, B., Chambers, B., Healey, R.L., Monk, J., and Vender, J. (2006) Teaching geography for social transformation, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 30(1): 117-131.

 

Recent conference contributions

2019

‘“Every partnership [… is] an emotional experience”: Towards a model for supporting the emotional wellbeing of staff and students working in partnership together’ (with Derek France and Katharine Welsh). Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference (RGS), London, September 2019. 

Keynote: ‘Developing learning communities through staff-student partnerships’ (with Mick Healey). University of York, UK, June 2019. 

2018

Keynote: ‘Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching in HE’ (presented by Mick Healey). Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, December 2018. 

Keynote: ‘Engaging students as partners to be active learners and researchers’ (presented by Mick Healey). December 2018: Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

Keynote: ‘Engaging students as partners in research and inquiry’ (presented by Mick Healey).  University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, November 2018. 

‘By any other name? Differing assumptions and their effects of staff-student ‘partnerships’’ (with Derek France, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak).  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Annual Conference, Bergen, Norway, October 2018.

‘Engaging students as partners in academic publishing’ (with Anthony Cliffe, Mick Healey, Lucy Mercer-Mapston, and Cherie Woolmer).  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Annual Conference, Bergen, Norway, October 2018.

‘Writing in publication for SoTL: with a particular focus on refereed journals’ Pre-Conference Workshop (with Mick Healey, Kelly Matthews, Alison Cook-Sather).  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Annual Conference, Bergen, Norway, October 2018.

‘It depends’:  Exploring the context-dependent nature of students as partners practices and policies’ (with Mick Healey).  RAISE Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, September 2018. 

‘Working partnerships: the art of effective student-staff partnerships’ (with Derek France), Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference (RGS), Cardiff, September 2018. 

‘Working partnerships: the art of effective student-staff partnerships’ (presented by Derek France).  International Geographical Union (IGU), Quebec, August 2018. 

Keynote: ‘Engaging students as partners with particular reference to undergraduate research’ (with Mick Healey).  Teesside University, Middlesbrough, July 2018. 

Keynote: ‘Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching in Higher Education’ (with Mick Healey). Bath Spa University, Bath, June 2018.

‘Students as partners: what it all means’.  Faculty of Social Science Pedagogic Soundbites, University of Chester, January 2018.

‘Relinquishing control: partnership in everyday teaching’.  Faculty of Social Science Pedagogic Soundbites, University of Chester, January 2018.

2017

Keynote: ‘Developing students as partners’ (with Mick Healey). Centre for Education and Learning Cross University Meeting: Leiden, Delft, and Rotterdam, Delft, Netherlands, November 2017.

Keynote: ‘Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching in Higher Education’, (with Mick Healey; presented by Mick Healey).  Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.  October 2017.

‘Working partnerships: the art of effective student-staff partnerships’, (with Derek France, Katharine Welsh and Alex Lerczak; presented by Derek France). University of Chester Annual Conference, September 2017.   

‘Engaging students as partners and as change agents’ (with Mick Healey). Learning and Teaching Conference Workshop, Writtle University College, July 2017. 

‘Embedding active, research and inquiry based learning in the college-based curriculum’ (with Mick Healey). Learning and Teaching Conference Keynote, Writtle University College, July 2017. 

‘Students as partners: The vision for the Student Experience Committee?’ Workshop (with Becky Lees and Peter Jenner). Student Experience Committee Meeting, University of Chester, July 2017.

 ‘Developing your research career’.  Afternoon workshop (with Chantal Davies, Elizabeth Christopher, Claire Griffiths and Kathryn Leighton), Diversity Festival, University of Chester, February 2017

2016

‘Designing and developing courses through staff-student partnerships: processes, experiences and engagement’. Journal of Geography in Higher Education @40 Anniversary Conference, London, December 2016. 

‘Analysing stories of developing the curriculum through staff-student partnerships: processes, experiences and engagement’.  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, USA, October 2016.

 ‘Scaling the Mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014’, with Chantal Davies and Anthony Cliffe (presented by Anthony Cliffe and Ruth Healey).  Higher Education Conference, Amsterdam, July 2016. 

‘Designing and developing courses through staff-student partnerships: processes, experiences and engagement’.  Higher Education Conference, Amsterdam, July 2016. 

‘Supporting the development of university students’ ethical thinking skills’, with Chris Ribchester.  Higher Education Conference, Amsterdam, July 2016.

‘Scaling the Mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014’, with Chantal Davies and Anthony Cliffe.  University of Chester, Diversity Festival, February 2016. 

2015

‘Scaling the Mountain: an exploration of gendered experience of academic staff in relation to the Research Excellence Framework 2014’, with Chantal Davies and Anthony Cliffe (presented by Chantal Davies and Ruth Healey).  Society for Research into Higher Education, Annual Conference, Newport, December 2015. 

2014

‘Supporting the development of university students’ ethical thinking skills’, with Chris Ribchester. Higher Education Academy, Annual Conference, Aston University, July 2014. 

‘Understanding and supporting the ethical development of university students’, with Chris Ribchester.  Bangor University Learning and Teaching Seminar Series, March 2014.

2012

‘Teaching ethical thinking in a disciplinary context: the ethical development of undergraduates and expectations of tutors in the arts, social and pure sciences’.  International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) Annual Conference, Hamilton, Canada, October 2012. 

2011

‘The ethical student’: teaching ethics for critical thinking in the undergraduate curriculum, with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross (presented by Ruth Healey and Chris Ribchester).  Society for Research into Higher Education, Annual Conference, Newport, December 2011. 

‘The ethical student’: enhancing the teaching of ethics in the undergraduate curriculum’ with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross.  University of Chester Annual Conference: Exploring engagement concepts in Higher Education, Workshop. September 2011

‘The ethical student’: enhancing the teaching of ethics in the undergraduate curriculum’ with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross.  Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Student and Staff Motivations and HEA Transitions Conference, Birmingham, July 2011.

‘The ethical student’: enhancing the teaching of ethics in the undergraduate curriculum’ with Chris Ribchester and Kimberley Ross.  University of Chester Learning and Teaching Institute Seminar, March 2011.

Qualifications

BSc (University of Sheffield), MA (University of Sheffield), MA (University of Chester), PhD (University of Sheffield)

Professional Affiliations
Royal Geographical Society Fellow (FRGS)
Chair of the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) of the Royal Geographical Society
Editorial Board Member of the International Journal for Students as Partners
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
National Teaching Fellow (NTF)
International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education (INLT)