Staff profile

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler

Programme Leader for Education Studies


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Programme Leader for Education Studies in the Institute 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

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 professionals nationally.

Research interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Professional memberships



Recent conferences

Conferences and talks

Experience in industry

Employment in higher and further education

Doctoral examination

External roles

International experience

Overseas experience

Additional interests and activities

Professional memberships

Recent publications


Mieschbuehler, R. (2018) The Radicalisation of Campus Relations, HEPI Occassional Paper, London: Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). (Forthcoming September 2018).

Mieschbuehler, R. (2018) The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students: An Examination of Contemporary Policies and Practice, London and New York: Routledge.

Mieschbuehler, R. (2017) Beyond the student experience, in Hayes, D. (Ed.) Beyond McDonaldisation: Visions of Higher Education. London and New York: Routledge.

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 UK.

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 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. A. and O’Grady, A. (Ed.) Exploring Education at Post-Graduate Level. London: Routledge.

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)

Mieschbuehler, R., Dexter, B., (2011), Engaging the Hearts and Minds: An alternative approach to ethnic inequalities in higher education, proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the European Access Network at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-16 June 2010.

Hutchinson, J., Neary. S, Hooley, T., Hewitt, D., Mieschbuehler, R., Dodd, V. and Langley, E. (2015) Evaluation of the NAHT Aspire, Executive Summary. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.