Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler

Position: Programme Leader for Education Studies

College: College of Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Education Studies

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About

I am Programme Leader for Education Studies in the College of Education. I coordinate and direct the continuing development of the programme. I also teach on a number of modules and supervise both postgraduate and doctoral students in education. 

Before that I worked as an Education Researcher at the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby.  I was undertaking research into education, higher education and vocational education and training. I gained experience in applied research while working as Pedagogic Research Assistant in the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University and at the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University.

I also taught for five years in the Swiss further education sector and was a Programme Leader for Languages. My overseas experience includes an exchange year at the University of Costa Rica and three months voluntary work in Bulgaria.

Teaching responsibilities

BA (Hons) Education Studies

  • Curriculum Frameworks
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • Psychology and Education
  • Research Methods for Independent Study Students
  • Web link, BA (Hons) Education Studies

Professional interests

I have an MSc in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics and a long-standing interest in understanding social inequalities particularly in relation to higher education. My PhD, The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students, is a study of philosophical and pedagogical approaches to student educational experiences. It will be the basis of a book to be published by Routledge in 2017.

In my role as Executive Committee Member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA) I promote the development of the subject - Education Studies - and represent academics and professional nationally.

Research interests

Research interests

  • historical and recent developments in Education Studies as a subject
  • the idea of 'student experience' and the implications of its expansion in higher education
  • education policy and practice
  • higher education policy and practice
  • social inequalities in education
  • the philosophy and methodology of educational research
  • vocational education and apprenticeship training

Membership of professional bodies

Professional memberships

  • Executive Committee Member, British Education Studies Association (BESA)
  • Member of the Society for Education Studies (SES)

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • PhD in Higher Education, University of Derby, UK
  • MSc Social Policy Research, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • MSc Social Policy and Planning for Developing Countries, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • BA (Hons) Latin American Studies, Middlesex University, UK
  • Diploma in Higher Education Teaching, Akademie für Erwachsenenbildung, Switzerland

Recent publications

Research reports

  • Mieschbuehler, R. and Hooley, T. (2016) World-Class Apprenticeship Standards: Report and Recommendations, Derby and London: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby and Pearson Education Ltd.
  • Mieschbuehler, R., Hooley, T. and Neary, S. (2015) Employers’ Experience of Higher Apprenticeships: Benefits and Barriers. Derby and Melton Mowbray: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby and Pera Training.
  • Mieschbuehler, R. and Dodd, V. (2015) New Model of Employer Driven Postgraduate Provisions in the Engineering Sector: Evaluation Report. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby. (Unpublished report)
  • Hutchinson, J., Neary. S, Hooley, T., Hewitt, D. Mieschbuehler, R., Dood, V. and Langley, E. (2015) Evaluation of the NAHT Aspire, Executive Summary. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Academic publications

  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2017) The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students, London and New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming)
  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2016) Beyond student experience, in Hayes (Ed.) Beyond McDonaldisation: Visions of Higher Education. London and New York: Routledge. (Forthcoming).
  • Mieschbuehler, R. and Vickers, R. (2015) Research update 2014, Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling. April (34): 55-58.
  • Hayes, D. and Mieschbuehler, R. (2015) The refuge of relativism, in Cottle, V. and O’Grady, A. (Ed.) Exploring Education at Post-Graduate Level. London: Routledge.

Recent conferences

Conferences and talks

  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2016) You're hired! Who Wants to be an Apprentice? Battle of Ideas, London: Barbican Centre, 22 and 23 October 2016.
  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2016) How Can Schools Help Build the Northern Powerhouse? British Educational Suppliers Assocations, Wakefield, 15 September.
  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2016) Developing World-Class Apprenticeship Standards, Pearson Hot Breakfast Policy Seminar, London: Pearson UK, 23 May.
  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2016) Higher Apprenticeships: Benefits and Barriers, 4th Annual Apprenticeship4England Conference, London: Emirates Stadium, 25 and 26 February.
  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2015) The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students, Annual Staff Development Conference, Buckinghamshire: Buckinghamshire New University, 17 September.
  • Mieschbuehler, R. (2015) Employers’ Experience of Higher Apprenticeships: Benefits and Barriers, 11th Journal of Vocational Education and Training Conference: Researching Policy and Practice in Vocational Education and Training, Oxford: Worcester College Oxford, 3-5 July.

Additional interests and activities

Professional memberships

Experience in industry

Employment in higher and further education

  • Programme Leader for Education Studies, College of Education, University of Derby
  • Education Researcher, International Centre for Guidance Studies iCeGS, University of Derby
  • Pedagogic Research Assistant, Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development Oxford Brookes University
  • Research Assistant, Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice CDPRP, Oxford Brookes University
  • Research Assistant, Quality Enhancement Department OED, University of Derby
  • Programme Leader for Languages, Benedict Hotel Management College, Switzerland
  • English Language Teaching, Sprachfix Language College, Switzerland

International experience

Overseas experience

  • Programme Leader for Languages, Benedict Hotel Management College, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • English Language Teacher, Sprachfix Language College, Sarnen, Switzerland
  • Voluntary work for the Cooperation for Voluntary Services (CVS-BG), Sofia, Bulgaria

In the media

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