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 a senior lecturer in education studies and programme leader for BA (Hons) Education Studies with optional SEND and TESOL pathways at the University of Derby. 

Before that, I worked as an education researcher at the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby. I also gained experience in applied research while working as a pedagogic research assistant at the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) and at the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice (CDPRP) 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 with optional SEND and TESOL pathway

Professional interests

I am a senior lecturer in education studies at the University of Derby and an executive committee member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA).

My publications include a Civitas Report on The Racialisation of Campus Relations in which I examine and reject the practice of grouping higher education students by their skin colour and ethnicity in current and future policies and practices. 

I am also the main author of World-Class Apprenticeship Standards: Report and Recommendations a study commissioned by Pearson Education UK.

Research interests

(I particularly welcome expressions of interest for research projects at the doctoral level exploring the history, impact and future of knowledge-based education in the UK.)

Doctoral supervisions

Completed doctoral studies

Doctoral examinations

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Universities and Further Education

External examiner

Internal 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 of which 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.