Staff profile

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler

Programme Leader for Education Studies

Ruth Mieschbuehler


Education, Childhood and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Programme Leader for Education Studies at the Institute of Education. I coordinate and direct the continuing development of the programme. I also teach 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 of 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. The findings of the study were published in the book, The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students: An Examination of Contemporary Policies and Practice, by Routledge in 2018.

I am an Executive Committee Member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA). 

Research interests

Doctoral supervisions

Doctoral examinations

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry


External engagements

External examiner



International experience

Additional interests and activities

I am also one of the organisers of the East Midlands Salon and a session producer for the Battle of Ideas, two fora that organise public discussions and debates.

Recent publications

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler of the University of Derby shares her thoughts on why an undergraduate degree in Education Studies could be the perfect preparation for teaching or any other career in education.