Dr Ruth Sayers
Executive Dean Learning, Teaching and International
Senior Leadership Team

Executive Dean Learning, Teaching and International

Ruth is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Bishop Grosseteste. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation. For several years, she was Dean of the School of Culture, Education and Innovation at BGU and she now has a cross cutting senior role with responsibility for leading Learning and Teaching and also the International Office.


Ruth has taught on the BA Drama in the Community programme and also Applied Drama course. Ruth previously led the drama programmes at Bishop Grosseteste and this is her teaching and research area. Research interests are mainly in educational drama and also community placement work. Ruth joined the staff at BG in 1998, following a career in education in Nottinghamshire, where she was Head of an Arts faculty in a large comprehensive school. She also worked as a support/advisory teacher for the Dance and Drama Support service. Ruth was on the Executive Committee of National Drama for several years and edited an international on-line research journal in educational drama.

Ruth is a Teaching and Learning Fellow at BGU. Her teaching interests lie mainly in educational drama, where she combines her school-based experience with work done with National Drama and her ongoing research in school settings to enhance teaching and learning. As an editor of both professional and research journals in this field, Ruth has had an opportunity to keep her scholarship up to date and she introduces students to cutting-edge research. Other teaching interests include Documentary Drama, Verbatim Theatre and community placements in drama.


Ruth’s PhD research area is Mantle of the Expert and drama across the curriculum. She has researched teacher-in-role and process drama, particularly the work of Dorothy Heathcote. Ruth edited Drama Research: International Journal of Drama in Education for five years. She has recently completed a report for the Higher Education Academy as the culmination of a funded research project in student placements in community settings.

Consultancy and projects

Current and recent projects include:
• Funded SSCLLN project to provide drama and music workshops in FECs (2009-10);
• Funded SSCLLN project to set up progression agreements with FECs (2010);
• Funded Palatine project to investigate community placement experiences in Higher Education (2011);
• Member of Lincoln’s Cultural Sector Partnership Group and EMUA Research Strategy Group;
• Acted as a consultant for several quality assurance exercises in HEIs in Britain;
• Consultant for Edexcel/Pearson to revise A level drama syllabus;
• Successful Bid for Entrepreneurship from Hefce/Unltd
• Successful bid to take part in HEA project on Internationalisation of the Curriculum
• External Examiner at Kingston University and Edge Hill University