Staff profile

Dr Ruth Sims

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Ergonomics

 Ruth Simms with laptop


Ergonomics, Psychology


College of Science and Engineering


School of Psychology, University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



In my previous role I worked on a succession of projects including:

I have extensive experience of data collection trials (design, recruitment, implementation, data input and analysis) as well as literature review, interview and questionnaire development, implementation, data input and analysis, particularly with older/disabled people and design professionals. I have significant experience of working in a consortium and in teams globally, presenting findings to industry, the public and academia both throughout the UK and also in India and Brazil.  I have been an invited keynote speaker at ErgoDesign 2012 held in Natal, Brazil.

I am currently focussed on my teaching, including module and programme development, accreditation and validation. I have recently conducted research into reduction of musculoskeletal disorders through postural behaviour change, and currently working on a project involving behaviour change of train drivers.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of the British Psychological Society, and am a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist.

Teaching responsibilities

In my research post I developed materials and taught aspects of psychology and inclusive design to design students, and research methods to postgraduate students. I also developed, wrote and ran a 20-credit module on psychology for ergonomics students.

In my current role I have previously been Acting programme lead for the MSc Ergonomics (online) programme and currently teach on undergraduate Psychology (on campus), Masters Behaviour Change (blended learning) and Masters Ergonomics (online) programmes. I am currently the pathway lead for the MSc Behaviour Change Ergonomics and Human Factors pathway (accredited with the CIEHF).

I am module leader on:

I also teach Level 4 Developmental Psychology, and Level 4 Qualitative Psychology, and contribute to various MSc Behaviour Change modules. I supervise independent project students at all levels and on all programmes that I contribute to. I am a PhD supervisor.


Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Research qualifications

Other qualifications

Recent conferences

Presented on behaviour change to reduce musculoskeletal disorders at Measuring Behavior, Manchester 6-8th June 2018.

On the organising committee of UCD (User Centred Design) conference 2012-2015.

On the organising committee of Ergonomics and Human Factors, the annual conference for the CIEHF, 2014-2017. On the editorial board for the Proceedings of the conference 2016-2017.

Experience in industry

Recent publications

Journal papers

Peer-reviewed conference papers 


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