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Ruth Hurley

Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Psychology and Computer Science

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ruth teaches and facilitates learning across a range of Psychology Modules, including statistics in a range of labs and workshops. She has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Information Technology (Secondary and Further Education) and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ruth is experienced in creating teaching resources and adapting resources for those with specific learning needs.

As a PhD Researcher, Ruth’s primary focus is health psychology and she is currently examining associations between body measurements, mental health and neuro-cognition (using functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy. She has a keen interest in the overlap between mental and physical health and wellbeing. Her first study on the Reciprocal Effects of Loneliness and BMI was published in 2018.

Ruth studied her Undergraduate Degree in Computing and Psychology at UCLan, and gained experience in management and adult training in the Civil Service before qualifying as a Teacher of Information Technology. She then worked for Lancashire County Council as an IT teacher with young people aged 11-19. She studied part-time to complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies (gaining BPS accreditation), and completed experience of working with vulnerable elderly people as a domiciliary care worker, gaining a rounded practical understanding of psychology in applied settings. Ruth has completed volunteer roles in several settings, including schools, research for a digital arts organisation (Folly) and as a Research Assistant for the former UCLan Loneliness Reseach Group. Most recently, Ruth helped set up a Mutual Aid group with over 100 volunteers, supporting those self-isolating during the Covid-19 crisis (working alongside Fylde Borough Council and other local charitable organisations). She also administrates social media for several pages and community groups. Ruth contributed to a loneliness symposium at UCLan (‘Owning your own Walrus’, 2016) and presented at the European Conference in Developmental Psychology (‘Risk Factors and Consequences of Adolescent Loneliness’, 2017). She has also presented at internal Postgraduate conferences within the University.

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies, UCLan, 2014
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Secondary/Further IT),University of Cumbria, 2009
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Computing and Psychology, UCLan, 2004
  • Mental Health
  • Body Mass Index
  • functional Near Infrared spectroscopy
  • Education